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Texas Rep. Jason Villalba defends his school 'marshal' law following Dallas ISD police chief's criticism
The Dallas Morning News
Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, who authored the law that created the school marshal position. The "Protection of Texas Children Act" allows — but does not require — school districts to create a licensed law enforcement officer position of school marshal in public K-12 schools and charters. Villalba defended the law recently. "We're taking individuals who are currently employed by the school — vice principals, coaches, even teachers — and we're training them under the same protocols that we use to train our peace officers in certain circumstances," he said. "Now, obviously, they're not going to have the level of training as a police officer, but we're not asking them to do what police officers do."
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Gun Geo Marker app tries to locate homes, businesses of gun owners
Fox News
A new Android app asks users to expose the home addresses of gun owners they deem "potentially unsafe" — and share that information with the world. The Gun Geo Marker app, released to Google's Play app store on July 7, invites users to mark the homes and businesses of "suspected unsafe gun owners ... to help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence." The app bills itself as merely a tool to collect information, but it was hit with a firestorm of negative reviews and comments from people worried that it could do more harm than good.
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Army Vet Ron Kelly denied gun because of 1971 marijuana conviction
Opposing Views
A retired Army veteran in Texas was prevented from buying a gun after a computerized background check turned up a misdemeanor marijuana conviction from 1971. Ron Kelly retired from the Army in 1993 after 20 years of service. He says that he forgot about his high school pot bust (for which he spent one night in jail and served a year of probation) and didn't realize that it had cost him his Second Amendment rights.
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New Texas gun rush: Selling weapons from your home
KTVT-TV
The gun rush hasn't been limited to just buying. Over the last eight months, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has licensed more people to sell guns in Texas, than in any other state. Hundreds more are waiting for the agency to approve their applications. In the latest report from the ATF, Texas has 10,290 active licenses, about 2,000 more than the next closest state of California. Licenses were approved last month at the rate of more than three per day.
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GOP bill would block funding to schools that ban imaginary guns
Fox News
A Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would block funding to schools that prohibit children from playing with imaginary guns. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, says the Student Protection Act aims to stop the enforcement of policies that "punish innocent children" by cutting funds to schools that abuse "zero tolerance" weapons policies.
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Dallas ISD police chief says district won't participate in Texas' new 'marshal' law
Dallas Morning News
Dallas ISD Police Chief Craig Miller reiterated that he is not a fan of a new law that allows for designated armed employees, or "marshals," in Texas schools and said that his district will not participate in the optional program. "I question giving a teacher a couple weeks' training with a gun and saying go out there and do the job" that is extremely challenging even for highly trained veteran officers, Miller said. He was the keynote speaker at the monthly North Texas Crime Commission breakfast at Prestonwood Country Club in North Dallas.
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America's 1st indoor hunting shooting center coming to Grapevine
Ammo Land
American Sportsman Shooting Center Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aimpoint Holding, has announced the launch of America's first indoor hunting shooting center — the Sportsman Shooting Center located in Grapevine. Sportsman Shooting Center is a fully enclosed, indoor training center that provides the opportunity for shooters to practice on dynamic hunting scenarios inside an air conditioned, live-fire cinema range using their own rifle and ammunition. Blaser R8 rifles will be available for rental, and Norma ammunition available for purchase in all major hunting calibers. Aimpoint sights will be offered as well.
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Illinois becomes last state to allow concealed carry
The Daily Caller
Illinois became the last state to lift its ban on the concealed carry of firearms. The state legislature voted to override Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of initial legislation to allow and regulate concealed carry. After the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Illinois's ban on concealed carry unconstitutional last December, legislators were required to take action by June 9 to pass laws allowing and regulating concealed carry. The court later extended the deadline.
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