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Competing open carry bills could lead to fireworks in 2015
KVUE-TV
Teaching class inside his Austin gun store, Central Texas Gun Works owner and instructor Michael Cargill regularly walks applicants through the process of becoming licensed to carry a concealed handgun. "The current law in the state of Texas, you have to take a class," Cargill explained. "It's four to six hours. You also have to pass a background check. You can have no felony convictions, no class A or B misdemeanor convictions in the last five years."
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TSA says Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport leads a record-breaking year of firearms seizures
The Dallas Morning News
The Transportation Security Agency, which runs America’s most heavily armed blog, says its agents have been record-breaking busy this year. According to the Department of Homeland Security today, TSA agents have collected 1,892 firearms in 2014 — and that’s with two months to go in the year. And, of course, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport tops the pops. According to the TSA, 105 firearms were seized at the local airport, including this week, when someone was arrested at D/FW for carrying a weapon through security. Thirty-nine firearms have been taken off Dallas Love Field passengers in 2014.
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Poll finds 6 in 10 Americans believe guns improve home safety
TIME
More than 60 percent of Americans say having a gun in the home makes them safer, according to a new Gallup report. That number represents a two-fold increase from 2000, when only 30 percent of Americans said they felt a gun improved safety. The responses to the poll diverged greatly along political and geographical lines. Republicans were twice as likely as Democrats to say guns made them safer. Nearly 70 percent of people in the South say that guns make their homes safer, compared with just under 60 percent in the West and East.
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Indoor gun range set to open in Longview
News-Journal
Top Shot Indoor Range and Guns expects to open by the beginning of December at 5685 E. Loop 281 South, north of Interstate 20 just east of Longview. “You have to go to Dallas to find the level of sophistication in the range that I’m doing here,” owner Jeff Davis said, estimating the facility at $1.2 million. “There’s no other place like it. We went top of the line with the range equipment here.”
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Facebook shuts down some gun-selling pages, Abilene businesses upset
KTXS-TV
Facebook groups that allow the advertising of weapons for sale are under a new set of rules. The more strict rules were implemented earlier this year, but have caused controversy within gun-selling communities. Facebook's rules state that users aren’t allowed to advertise for illegal drugs or weapons. Groups with pages selling weapons have to post their state's law and cannot post inflammatory, false or offensive things.
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Border Patrol running short of rifles due to maintenance issues
GUNS
A large portion of the U.S. Border Patrol’s inventory of 16,300 M4 rifles have been pulled from service after inspectors found many to be unserviceable. The news came as reports surfaced of agents stationed across the Southwestern border with Mexico having to pool rifles following a series of bad inspections, or worse, go without during a time of increased tensions along the international boundary.
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A sensor in guns tells dispatch when police officers need backup
Smithsonian
Controversy is the fruit of unclear facts, especially when law enforcement is involved. Take the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, for example. Officials spent weeks after the incident trying to piece together exactly what happened — how many shot were fired, by whom and from where. And still we may never know what transpired with total certainty. The increased adoption of technology in law enforcement is meant to help clear up many of these questions. Dashcams, for instance, now provide evidence when eyewitness accounts and officer reports don’t jibe; they’re mandatory equipment in some states, including New Jersey. California startup Yardarm Technologies is out to take things a step further.
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First look: Springfield Armory XD Mod. 2 sub-compact pistol
Guns & Ammo
Over the past several years, the Springfield Armory XD 3-inch Sub-Compact has become widely recognized at the range and on our carry belts as one of the most popular double-stack semiautos on the market. Today, the dawn of a new generation has arrived. Springfield Armory is introducing the new XD Mod. 2 Sub-Compact pistol, chambered for 9mm or .40 S&W. The XD Mod. 2 is updated from its predecessor with several enhancements for improved concealability, ergonomics and performance.
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