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Aug. 12, 2009  
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Guns on Campus One Year Later
from the Abilene Reporter-News
One year ago, David Thweatt made a decision so controversial and groundbreaking the story about it sped around the world. The superintendent of the isolated Harrold Independent School District made history last August when he and his school board decided to allow select teachers and staff members at the 110-student school to carry guns on campus -- a first for Texas and the nation. More


Texas State Rifle Association Names New Executive Director
from TSRA
The Texas State Rifle Association has appointed of Charles L. Cotton as the new Executive Director. Cotton, an attorney and partner with the Cotton-Farrell law firm in Houston, has been a member of the NRA Board of Directors since 2001. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the TSRA Legislative Committee, and been a long-time consultant with various sponsors of Second Amendment Bills inside the State Capitol building. A frequent contributor for radio, television and newspaper pieces covering self-defense laws and constitutional protections, Cotton has become one of the leading Second Amendment figures in all of Texas.

Hunters & Shooters Night
from TSRA
Come enjoy a night of Triple-A baseball with fellow members of Austin Area hunting, fishing and gun clubs on Aug. 24 at 7:05 at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock - home of the Round Rock Express. Be one of the first 100 callers into the TSRA headquarters with a current membership, a person who renews his/her membership, or join as a new member to receive a free ticket to Dell Diamond Stadium. Give us a call at 512-615-4200 or 1-866-TXRIFLE (1-866-897-4353).

In Response: Weapons Permit Vote Missed Mark
from TSRA
In response to the Rapid City Journal’s article “Weapons Permit Vote Missed Mark,” published in last week’s Weekly Sportsman, TSRA wants to remind its members that 29 states have official reciprocity agreements with Texas. Be sure to check out the full list in your monthly Sportsman magazine. More

Senators Need to Simplify Concealed-carry Rules
from The Kansan
No matter how many bills are considered in Congress, there always will be two distinct camps of gun-owners in America. There will be responsible citizens who abide by the law, and there will be criminals whose actions will not be guided by the law. That’s just the way it is. But it never will prevent national lawmakers and lobbyists from tackling weapons legislation on a regular basis. More

Hunting Industry Impacts West Texas
from Go San Angelo
"Welcome Hunters" banners are posted along main streets in downtown sections of just about every rural town in West Texas come November. Both ranchers and merchants anticipate the annual influx of deer and turkey hunters much like a general rain. The seasonal guests bring an economic impact to rural Texas that keeps small communities and rural residents in business. More

Firearms Industry Rejects National Park Service Classification of Traditional Ammunition as a Health Threat
from the National Shooting Sports Foundation via Buckmasters
In response to an Aug. 6 announcement regarding a National Parks Service program encouraging hunters to voluntarily switch to alternative ammunition, the National Shooting Sports Foundation rejected NPS's categorization of traditional ammunition as a health threat. NSSF is offering to work with the National Park Service to develop measures to educate hunters about steps they can take to prevent scavengers from ingesting lead fragments of spent traditional ammunition. The park service is proposing to ban, at a minimum, the use of lead bullets, shot and sinkers in the park system by NPS personnel. More


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