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Barry Smitherman to be keynote speaker at 17th annual conference Kerrville
Barry Smitherman is a proven leader with strong conservative values that stands up to the federal government to defend Texans and the Texas Constitution. He has substantial experience in both the private and public sectors. As Texas Attorney General, Barry will use his conservative values and experiences to enforce our laws and secure our border. He is a passionate fighter for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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CNN Poll: Support for stricter gun control fades
As memories fade from last December's horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a new national poll indicates that support for stricter gun control laws appears to be fading, too. According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, 49 percent of Americans say they support stricter gun control laws, with 50 percent opposed. The 49 percent support is down six percentage points from the 55 percent who said they backed stricter gun control in CNN polling from January, just a few weeks after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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Colonel who vowed to disarm Americans works with Homeland Security
Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, the second amendment-hating Army Officer who caused controversy after vowing to "pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers," works closely with the Department of Homeland Security. Recently, Bateman, an active military commander, penned a piece for Esquire magazine in which he promised to push for a total ban on all firearms besides muskets, shotguns and rifles, and shut down all gun manufacturers except for those who produced weapons for the federal government and the armed forces (you will be disarmed, the state will have a monopoly on firepower).
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Obama's EPA closing smelter will not affect ammunition supply
The Washington Times
Gun owners can rest easy about one aspect of President Barack Obama's agenda. The Environmental Protection Agency decision to close the country's last remaining lead smelter will not cause further ammunition shortages or higher costs. Lawrence Keane is the senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents the ammunitions and firearms industry.
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PCP Ammo set to release limited production .308 polymer cased ammo
Outdoor Hub
After several years of engineering research, development, testing and production planning, PCP Ammunition is pleased to offer its .308 polymer cased ammunition to the commercial market. This is the first time in history that an ammunition manufacturer has offered high performance polymer cased rifle ammunition to the commercial market. Prior to this initial civilian release PCP Ammunition was recently awarded contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to deliver advanced lightweight polymer sub-sonic ammunition and an improved .50 caliber precision round.
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    Open-carry advocates see hope in Abbott proposal (The Texas Tribune)
Legalized theft of guns (Ammo Land)
Rising Texas gun sales add to ATF agents' workload (KFDA-TV)
Why opposition to gun control has increased over the last 50 years (Washington Examiner)
Texas firearm homicide rate down at least 1/3 since 1996 (Austin American Statesman)

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Plans for concealed carry group holstered
The Shorthorn
Students interested in forming a group to promote carrying concealed handguns at UTA is putting their activity on hold until the spring semester. The group held a meeting Nov. 13 to gauge and discuss student interest in forming a Students for Concealed Carry group. The group decided to delay plans because they lack a faculty adviser, and now students are focusing on final exams and projects.
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How the Nazis used gun control
National Review Online
In 1931, Weimar authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the registration of all firearms and the confiscation thereof, if required for "public safety." The interior minister warned that the records must not fall into the hands of any extremist group.
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Mall safety
American Rifleman
As we crowd the malls and shopping centers in search of the perfect gifts for loved ones, safety should never be too far out of mind. Overall, malls of are quite safe, but incidents can and do happen, and it's best to have plan developed before heading out to catch sales, eat Cinnabuns and visit department store Santas, especially if you're in a group that includes children.
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America's love of technology meets firearms in an imperfect union
Despite what you may hear, the firearms industry is not opposed to the research and development of user-authorized recognition technology for firearms. So-called "smart guns," if they work as hoped, would prevent all but a specific users of a firearm from being able to fire it through the use of biometric or radio frequency identification with an activation system that would rely on a battery. Although attempts to develop and market such technology have been discussed for decades, there is new found interest in the topic aided by the latest James Bond movie, remarks from President Obama, and the urgings of some anti-gun groups.
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