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As 2013 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. 6.

The best concealed carry states in 2013
Guns & Ammo
From Nov. 4: After ranking the Best States for Gun Owners in 2013, we're back to rank the Best Concealed Carry States. Since federal law specifically addressing the issuance of concealed carry licenses does not yet exist in the U.S., individual states are left with the task of regulating concealed carry laws within their own borders.
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What you need to know about Texas gun law changes
The Cross Timbers Gazette
From Aug. 26: An unusually large number of new firearms related laws go into effect soon as result of the recent session of the Texas Legislature. The Department of Public Safety is scrambling to get around 3,000 Concealed Handgun License instructors updated before Sept. 1, when most of these laws go into effect. This article is to summarize what is believed to be how some "top ten" new laws will be interpreted.
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Where's the ammo?
American Rifleman
From Sept. 16: The NRA is regularly inundated with letters from members requesting an explanation of the nationwide ammo shortage. Some folks merely vent their frustration over the amount of ammo they are able to acquire for range sessions. Some complain about the jump in prices; they insist it can't all be explained by supply and demand. Others are sure the government is buying up all the ammo so average Americans can't get their hands on it. Everyone wants to know if we have any inside information.
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Urgent alert for all Texas concealed handgun instructors
From April 1: For the past several weeks rumors have been circulating regarding training standards for concealed handgun instructors in Texas. Following a meeting with personnel at the Department of Public Safety, we are now able to give out accurate information regarding these rumors. Under the standards laid out in Government Code Chapter 411 a certified concealed handgun instructor must also maintain a certification under one of the following provisions.
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Texas Representative proposes concealed handgun license changes
From Jan. 7: The Texas legislature is back in session soon and one hot topic will be gun laws. A state representative is proposing two bills that will impact Texas citizens who already have or are looking to get their concealed handgun licenses. Right now, to get a Texas concealed handgun license you must go through a ten hour class, which teaches things like gun safety and Texas law. To renew that license, you must go through a four hour class. State Rep. Dan Flynn wants to change those requirements completely.
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Does AARP still want your guns
American Hunter
From April 22: Bob Robb, a contributor for the American Hunter, writes: "A few years ago I turned 55 — a scary time for a guy who had to buy his own health insurance on the open market. Talk about sticker shock. So I thought, why not join AARP, the mega-senior's organization? Surely they have some sort of group medical insurance a member can piggyback on. It was only after I had purchased a multi-year membership that I decided to research this powerful special interest group and see what their official position was on issues important to me. First and foremost was the issue of gun ownership. What I discovered surprised the heck out of me.
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Changes in Texas CHL law — Campus parking lot protection
By Ed Morris
From Aug. 19: A number of laws affecting concealed handgun licensees and instructors were passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature during its regular 2013 session and signed by the Gov. Rick Perry, to become effective Sept. 1. The most complex changes come to the campus parking lot regulations in SB 1907. The changes are briefly described, along with comments regarding their significance, and things to watch out for.
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Mistrial declared in Central Texas case watched by gun-rights advocates
The Dallas Morning News
From Oct. 28: A mistrial was declared in a Texas case against a soldier carrying his assault rifle on a hike, in a proceeding that was being closely watched by gun-rights advocates. The six-person jury in Belton was deadlocked after two days of deliberations. Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham, who was charged with misdemeanor interference with the duties of an officer, declared victory afterward. Grisham was arrested in March by a Temple police officer responding to a report that Grisham was carrying an assault rifle while hiking with his 15-year-old son for a Boy Scouts merit badge.
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What's the best subcompact 9mm on the market?
Guns & Ammo
From Aug. 19: With all the subcompact 9mm pistols on the market today, choosing the right one for you can be a truly difficult decision. The expansion of concealed carry reciprocity across the country has triggered a competitive market among firearm manufacturers. Companies are racing to engineer smaller guns without sacrificing the features and effectiveness of a full-sized platform.
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Firearm laws: Understanding when to shoot
From July 29: John Donnelly, a Fox 26 reporter, says: "As I walk out of an office building and head to my rental car, a man appears and demands my keys. He has a gun in his waistband. I put my hand on my gun. He makes a move for his and fires two shots, I fire two back and hit him. He goes down. The man is about to try to steal my car. This isn't real. I didn't just really shoot my attacker. I'm at a training simulator at Athena Gun Club and Instructor Rick Bongiovanni is putting me through the ringer."
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