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As 2014 comes to a close, TCHA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of TCHA Weekly Shot a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 5.


1. A crash in ammunition prices is coming
Ammoland
From June 16: Handgun and rifle ammunition has been hard to find at times. .22 long rifle ammunition tripled in price over the last 18 months. People would line up to buy ammunition at prices two and three times the level that they were just two years ago. All of that is about to change — ammunition supply looks as though it is ready to catch up with demand.
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2. Competing open carry bills could lead to fireworks in 2015
KVUE-TV
From Nov. 17: 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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3. Chance encounter with CHL holder saves Frisco woman from robber
WFAA-TV
From March 31: There is constant sound and motion at DART's Convention Center Station, and it's one of Kim Lanphere's regular stops. "I use DART 30-40 times a week," she said. "At most stations, I feel relatively safe, because there's light and people." But as of recently, her feeling of safety is gone. Dallas police say she passed 23-year-old Jamail Koroma on a sidewalk near the station.
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4. Texas court dismisses Henry Vichique's open carry rifle case
GUNS
From Oct. 13: After months of fighting to have his case dismissed, a young man from San Antonio has finally been granted his wish. Henry Vichique received word that his case was dismissed following the recommendation of city prosecutor Elizabeth Yetman. Vichique was facing charges for carrying a loaded rifle within city limits, but part of the problem with the case was the fact that the city ordinance directly conflicts with the state law.
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5. DPS changes guns
KETK-TV
From Jan. 6: When peace officers have an official change in firearms, there’s always a bit of controversy, and suddenly every gun owner is a critic. But the latest move by the Department of Public Safety is getting generally good reviews. Ah for the old days, when life was simple and Texas DPS officers carried the good old Smith & Wesson Military and Police revolver. But times change. And Texas law enforcement is changing as well — the new official sidearm will be this Smith & Wesson Military & Police.
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6. Handgun maintenance tips for everyday carry
Handguns
From Oct. 27: You’ve got your CCW, a reliable pistol that you’ve practiced with and premium defensive ammo. All you need to do is load up, holster (or pocket) your equalizer, and you should be good, right? Well, yes, but not forever. Whether you take your gun off (holster and all) every night, rarely carry concealed or practice regularly with your daily carry gun, at some point, you will have to deal with some maintenance issues.
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7. The gun-rental loophole
Politico
From Aug. 11: In the easternmost outskirts of Austin, Texas, there’s a gun club where Matt Valentine used to shoot skeet. Families came on weekends and made a day of it — there were picnic tables, vending machines and barbecue grills. A dog slept on the floor of the clubhouse. The adjacent property was a runway for radio-controlled airplanes, which we could see buzzing around beyond the range of the light target ammo in our shotguns. The outdoor skeet fields were neither as thunderous nor as claustrophobic as the indoor firing range in town. Valentine felt safe there.
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8. Should you modify your carry gun?
Handguns
From Nov. 10: The old “9mm vs .45” controversy is pretty much dead these days, but there are still a few subjects that will get those of us in the gun community into heated arguments. Many of the most heated disagreements include whether citizens should modify their carry guns. While there are a number of ways to modify a handgun, when this topic comes up, more than 90 percent of the people involved are referring to modifying the trigger pull and/or (to a much lesser extent) deactivating the safeties on a carry gun.
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9. TPWD employees' firearms serial numbers kept by state agency
Mineral Wells Index
From Sept. 9: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has collected and retained serial numbers from the private firearms of employees, according to records released by the agency. Documents provided in response to a public records request show firearms qualifications for two retired agents, including an officer who carried a Smith and Wesson Sigma .40 caliber handgun. The serial number was redacted. Also provided was an email exchange from July 2011 in which Doug Huggins, a parks supervisor, asked a ranger for the serial number to his private weapon.
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10. Intruder fatally shot during break-in, homeowner charged for firearm violation
Guns.com
From Feb. 3: A morning home invasion in Jacksonville, Fla., ended with the suspect dead and the homeowner behind bars, but not because he shot the intruder. According to reports by local media, the suspect, an unidentified 20-year-old black male, broke into the home around 10 a.m. after smashing the glass on a side window. But once he made his way into the house, the armed homeowner opened fire on him.
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