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Study: Murder rates drop as concealed carry permits rise
WTTG-TV
A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets. The study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent. Florida has the most active concealed carry permits, at nearly 1.3 million. Texas is second, at just more than 708,000, while Hawaii, at 183, has the fewest of states whose data was available.
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Decision expected soon on Arlington open carry lawsuit
WFAA via KHOU-TV
A federal judge said he'll soon issue a decision in the case of open carry gun advocates against the City of Arlington. The case involves whether open carry advocates, or any other pedestrians, can interact with motorists at busy intersections. An organizer with Open Carry Tarrant County, Kory Watkins, sued the city, and says he wants a federal judge to issue a restraining order against Arlington while the lawsuit goes forward.
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Q&A: CJ Grisham, founder of Open Carry Texas, on what's next
The Dallas Morning News
Open Carry Texas' stated mission is to educate Texans about their right to carry rifles and shotguns openly, and to encourage lawmakers to add handguns to that list. Raising awareness has brought some controversy: Public displays of long weapons are legal in Texas, but in many cases they have alarmed people at stores and restaurants. Points asked Army Master Sgt. CJ Grisham, the group's founder, to discuss Open Carry Texas and its future.
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DoubleTap, Heizer court battle ended not with a bang but a whimper
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The two-year court battle between former partners Heizer Aerospace and DoubleTap Defense ended with both parties quietly parting ways with little to no resolution. According to court documents, both parties agreed to dismiss the case in a U.S. District Court in Missouri on July 3, with each party paying its own court costs and attorney fees.
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New Waco business offers realistic training for gun owners
KXXV-TV
Face to face with a criminal and a weapon, its a situation no one wants to be in. But are you prepared for that encounter, even if you have a gun of your own? One Waco business believes they have found a way to fix this problem. In the past year, the number of Texans with concealed handgun licenses is growing. More than 10,000 new licenses were issued in Central Texas just in 2013. With more guns in more hands, safety has become a big concern for law enforcement officials.
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Shooters welcome at 'guntry clubs'
The Washington Times
A shooting range consultant is opening a 65,000-square-foot indoor facility in October — the latest in a number of shooting clubs that have been popping up in places from gun-friendly Colorado and Texas to Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Greg Wodack, the owner and operator of Elite Shooting Sports LLC, and his team broke ground on the location just off of Interstate 66 in Gainesville, Virginia, in April and have been working at a breakneck pace to open on schedule in October.
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Gun review: Kel-Tec P32 after 8 years of carry
Guns
In 2006 James Allen began hunting for a small concealed carry pistol to use when a large gun was not practical. Allen had been carrying a Kimber Ultra CDP off duty and found that, while wearing shorts, its large size would print unless he wore baggy clothing. Allen was also having issues with barrel rust due to spending time in a salty, humid environment. After mulling over several different options in a local gun shop, Allen decided on the Kel-Tec P32.
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States look to gun-seizure law after mass killings
The Washington Post
As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, some are turning to a gun-seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago. Rachel Baird, a Connecticut lawyer who has represented many gun owners, said one of the biggest problems with the state’s law is that police are abusing it. She said she has had eight clients whose guns were seized by police before the required warrants were obtained.
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