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Open-carry advocates see hope in Abbott proposal
The Texas Tribune
For years, supporters of open-carry gun laws have pleaded with lawmakers to allow Texans to bear their arms openly in public. With the front-running Republican gubernatorial candidate proposing open carry laws, many supporters believe the time has finally arrived for legislators to approve such a measure. "I think open carry will be the Second Amendment issue this next session and I do think that we can pass it because the support is just tremendous," said state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, who introduced open-carry legislation that failed earlier this year.
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Texas firearm homicide rate down at least 1/3 since 1996
Austin American Statesman
An online campaign video from Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, one of the Republican hopefuls in the 2014 lieutenant governor race, touts his record on defending Second Amendment rights. "I stood alone in passing the Texas concealed-handgun law over the doomsday predictions of blood in the streets, ‘Wild Wild West’ and shootouts at every four-way stop," Patterson says, "and of course none of that happened. Matter of fact, firearms homicides are down about 40 percent."
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Rising Texas gun sales add to ATF agents' workload
Federal agents tasked with slowing the flow of guns from Houston to Mexico say they're "looking for the needle in the haystack" as Texas continues a record pace for firearms purchases. The Houston division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the agency's largest. The Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston area has more than 1,600 licensed firearms dealers.
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Legalized theft of guns
Ammo Land
An anti-freedom policy has been spreading across United States police departments, the legalized theft of citizens guns. Recently, it occurred in Georgia. This is not about forfeiture laws. They are related but have been covered elsewhere. This is a problem in many urban areas, and it is spreading. The policy is to impound guns, in extreme cases, all guns that officers come across, whether involved in any crime or not, then to refuse to return the guns until a judge issues an order to return them. As the attorney fees needed to obtain a court order can easily be 10 times what the gun is worth, most people do not bother.
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Police work to comply with gun law
Longview News-Journal
Two months after it went into effect, local law enforcement agencies are working to catch up with a new state law that gives them authority to seize weapons from people in mental crisis. "We are in the process of looking at our policy and procedures to bring us up to date with current law and educating our officers," said Kristie Brian, a spokeswoman for the Longview Police Department.
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Gun-rights activists ask Supreme Court to uphold 'Firearms Freedom Act'
Fox News
Gun advocates asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling against state laws designed to buck federal gun rules. Earlier this year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's decision against the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act. The law attempts to declare that federal firearms regulations don't apply to guns kept in the state where they were manufactured. Other pro-gun states have passed similar measures.
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Why opposition to gun control has increased over the last 50 years
Washington Examiner
Economist Bryan Caplan notes that support for gun control — specifically, banning handguns or pistols — has decreased dramatically since the 1950s and 1960s. Back in 1959 Gallup reported that 60 percent of Americans favored banning possession of "pistols and revolvers," while now 74 percent oppose banning "the possession of handguns," except by police. Caplan seems puzzled by this substantial change in opinion but, it's likely explainable by two developments.
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Fine, not jail for Texas soldier in gun rights case
The Baylor Lariat
A Fort Hood soldier was fined after being convicted of a misdemeanor in a case where gun-rights advocates protested his arrest. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham did not get jail time after being convicted by a Belton jury of interference with the duties of an officer, the Temple Daily Telegram reported. The jury gave him a $2,000 fine. Grisham has said he'll appeal both the fine and the conviction.
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