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Want to get better at shooting? Start competing
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For many people, competitive shooting seems as distant from their skill level as the NFL is from Peewee league, but that's not normally the case. Shooters needn't be intimidated by competitive shooting sports, as many of them are both inexpensive to get into, and feature divisions that cater to shooters of all skill levels. The most important part when starting out, is to pick the shooting sport that a shooter both enjoys the most, and lends itself to the shooter's skillset. No matter what discipline you excel at, there is a shooting sport for you.
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Burglar shot, killed by neighbors watching over home in Texas
WPVI-TV
A burglary suspect is dead, after neighbors foiled a break-in in suburban Houston. The burglar alarms went off at 2 a.m. in the 300 block of Lakeside Drive. Harris County Sheriff detectives say the family who owned the home had recently moved out of state. The couple next door were watching over their friends' empty home when the alarm went off. Detectives say the couple grabbed their guns, and went next door.
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TrackingPoint responds to attacks: An attack on guns is an attack on freedom
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TrackingPoint launched in January 2013, a month after the Sandy Hook school shooting and four months before U.S. senators voted on federal gun legislation, but despite the fiery debate about gun rights and gun control, the Texas-based company survived the year relatively unscathed. Although TrackingPoint is now a financial success with an estimated worth of $250 million and recently received $29 million in series D financing, it was barely mentioned in mainstream media until around April 2013, but even then the company, which produces “smart” guns, was overshadowed by the archaic designs produced via 3-D printers.
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Women become increasingly involved in gun groups
News21 via The Center for Public Integrity
More women than ever before own guns. Nearly 79 percent of firearms retailers reported an increase in female customers between 2011 and 2012, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. From this surge in popularity comes classes, specialized apparel, custom firearms, shooting-group memberships and conferences for women.
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Get your out of state CHL online? Think carefully
KXAN-TV
It’s not every day an offer from the website “Groupon” leads to a news headline. But this might be a case. We recently received an email about a $35 online Concealed Handgun License Course. The instruction lasts about an hour — all at your computer and with no time on a firing range. Even though the license would be through Arizona, it’s valid in Texas. But, Texas has much stricter requirements to obtain a CHL: 4 to 6 hours of classwork, plus written and shooting range tests. That made us wonder — how is an online class from Arizona legal?
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What is going too far when protecting yourself, your home?
KTXS-TV
An Abilene man, Christopher Moran, died recently after police said he broke into his boss' home. The homeowner took action by hitting Moran with a bat. Many Abilenians have said they wouldn't hesitate using a gun or deadly weapon to protect their homes and their families. Others said they would protect their well-being with different methods. Perhaps using pepper spray or karate learned in class. Attorney John Young explained the Texas law aptly named the Castle Doctrine.
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How to choose a carry gun with the '5 C's' of concealed carry
Handguns
One of the most enduring questions in the shooting community remains: “What’s the best gun for concealed carry?” People ask Dusty Gibson this question all the time and his answer has become more refined over time. For years, rather than suggesting a specific brand or type of handgun, Gibson answered with another question: “Well, what are you looking for in a carry gun?” As any first-year law school student can tell you, answering a question with another question is often manipulative and misleading.
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These could be some inconvenient crime statistics for gun control advocates
The Blaze
Chicago's crime rate has dropped since Illinois became the 50th state in the nation to adopt a concealed carry law last year, the Washington Times reported. Robberies are down 20 percent this year, according to Chicago Police Department statistics. Burglaries are also down 20 percent, while motor vehicle thefts are down 26 percent.
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More Texas schools allow armed employees
The Wall Street Journal
More Texas public-school districts have adopted rules allowing employees to carry guns on campus in an effort to deter — or quickly respond to — shootings. Still, most schools have chosen not to arm their staff. Texas is among at least eight states that have passed laws since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, allowing school employees to carry guns on campus, the National Conference of State Legislatures said.
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