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As 2012 comes to a close, Texas Concealed Handgun Association 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 the TCHA Weekly Shot a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 2, 2013.

New Mexico DPS reneging on reciprocity agreements
Chris Bird via TCHA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From May 7, 2012: The New Mexico Department of Public Safety announced that most of its reciprocity agreements with other states, including Texas, were null and void. The department stated that most of its reciprocity agreements do not conform to New Mexico law. On its web site, NMDPS stated: "Texas: Concealed carry requirements are not substantially similar to New Mexico or at least as stringent, so Texas is not recognized by NM." Each of the 19 states with which New Mexico has reciprocity agreements had a similar paragraph with just the name of the state changed. The web site listed six reasons that states did not meet NMDPS standards. More

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Update on right-to-carry reciprocity in New Mexico
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From May 14, 2012: In response to several inquiries, it is important to clarify information relating to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety's audit of other states' concealed carry statutes. First, it is important to note that the Department of Public Safety has not made final decisions to change reciprocity agreements or recognition of other states, but rather DPS is conducting an audit of those statutes to ensure compliance with New Mexico state law. More

Texas' 'Castle Doctrine' law protects our citizens
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From April 30, 2012: State Sen. Jeff Wentworth: "Since the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, gun laws have been the subject of heated national debate. Texas has a "Castle Doctrine" law, Senate Bill 378, which I wrote and the Texas Legislature passed in 2007. Twenty-seven of my fellow Texas state senators signed on as co-authors of the bill. The "Castle Doctrine" comes from the common law principle that people's homes are their castles, and they have the right to defend themselves from criminal intruders." More

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Secession furor could pose unintended consequences for gun owners
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From Nov. 19, 2012: Activists in all 50 states upset with the reelection of President Barack Obama have utilized the White House's "We the People" online petition website to call for secession, The Daily Caller reported. "By 6:00 a.m. EST Nov. 14, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states," the report documents, adding "Petitions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas residents have accrued at least 25,000 signatures, the number the Obama administration says it will reward with a staff review of online proposals." More

Top 5 concealed carry handguns
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From June 25, 2012: Max Rodriguez, an Ammo Land News contributor, writes: "It's often asked what I prefer as a concealed carry handgun. Many of my students ask for guidance for a reliable, comfortable model. The truth is, it always comes down to the user and what feels right, but I have compiled a list of models I prefer with a little info about each" More

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The cost of reloaded ammo vs. factory loads: The cost of freedom?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 1, 2012: There are many reasons why shooters reload ammunition: some handload because they want to improve accuracy, others because they have trouble readily finding the proper caliber ammunition for their gun and still others because they need more wallop to get the job done right the first time. But perhaps the biggest reason many shooters become reloaders is the cost and in the days of a slow economy with everyone just scratching gravel to get by, saving a few dollars wherever you can doesn’t hurt. The question is, how many dollars (if any) are you saving? More

New fashion option for concealed weapon carriers
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From May 14, 2012: When he worked vice years ago, Houston police officer Brian Hoffner recalls, he concealed his weapon by strapping it to his thigh with an ACE bandage. The prostitutes he was investigating couldn't detect his gun, but the setup denied him quick access in case of an attack. "I thought, 'Man, if I only had a zipper,' and then a light bulb went off," said Hoffner, a 30-year Houston Police Department veteran. More

Judge dismisses suit challenging Texas' concealed carry law
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From Jan. 23, 2012: A federal judge in Lubbock recently threw out the National Rifle Association's move to overturn a Texas law prohibiting 18- to 20-year-olds from carrying concealed handguns. In dismissing the case that had drawn national interest, U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings ruled that "Texas has identified a legitimate state interest — public safety — and passed legislation that is rationally related to addressing that issue." More

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Texans among those taking Virginia online gun course
The Associated Press via The Eagle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 10, 2012: Virginia is issuing a rising number of concealed-carry gun permits to people who live in other states in a trend that may be helped along by online gun classes. The commercial courses allow applicants to seek a permit from Virginia that is valid in their state, but without having to meet tougher requirements their home states may impose, such as firing a gun with an instructor. Texas requires applicants for its concealed handgun permit to complete a 10- to 15-hour course. Along with passing a written exam, applicants must score at least 70 percent in firing 50 rounds from a handgun at three different distances. More

NRA will appeal Texas concealed handgun case
NRA via Ammo Land    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jan. 30, 2012: NRA will appeal the recent decision by a federal court in Texas, which held that the Second Amendment doesn't protect any right to keep or bear arms outside the home. The decision, handed down by U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings of the Northern District of Texas, came in the case of Jennings v. McCraw, in which a group of law-abiding 18- to 20-year-old adults challenged the state law prohibiting issuance of concealed handgun licenses to persons under 21, who are treated as adults for virtually every other purpose under the law. More

Compact .45 handgun a breakthrough
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Feb. 13, 2012: One of the frustrations faced by folks with concealed weapons permits is finding a gun that packs the punch they want, hits where they aim and is still easily concealable. When it comes to punch, many shooters prefer a .45 automatic Colt pistol but tend to shy away from the caliber when contemplating a firearm for concealed carry purposes or home defense. More

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UN Arms Trade Treaty negotiations underway
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From July 16, 2012: For nearly 20 years, the NRA has fought tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners. That fight has grown more intense lately, as the U.N. and global gun banners have markedly stepped up their attack on our Second Amendment freedoms by including civilian arms in the proposed Arms Trade Treaty. More

Should New York tourists have their lives destroyed because of concealed carry laws?
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From Jan. 23, 2012: Just a few days before Christmas, Meredith Graves made a mistake that could end her medical career and send her to prison for at least 3.5 years. The 39-year-old fourth-year medical student was carrying a permitted concealed handgun when she saw the sign at the 9/11 Memorial saying "No guns allowed." She did the responsible thing and asked a security guard where she could check her weapon. Unfortunately, while her Tennessee concealed carry license is recognized in 40 states, New York isn't one of them. Meredith was arrested. More

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