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TSRA Holiday Schedule
The offices of the Texas State Rifle Association will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 for the Christmas holiday. We will also be closed Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 to celebrate the New Year.

We wish all of our members and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Advocates push Legislature for no-permit open carry law
Houston Chronicle via Longview News-Journal
Open carry advocates are pushing for the right to publicly tote any firearm without the need for a permit, optimistic that even if that effort fails they can persuade Texas’ increasingly conservative Legislature to pass some of the most permissive gun laws in the nation in the upcoming session. “Some groups are pushing for licensed open carry. Our focus is for unlicensed open carry, but there’s no divide among us,” said C.J. Grisham, a retired Army sergeant who founded the group Open Carry Texas early last year. “We have a perfect storm here. We have created a narrative that open carry is something we need.”
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Bryan's Brandy Drozd named 2014 USA Shooting Athlete of the Year
In a year that included historic results for USA Shooting’s shotgun program, it is only fitting that the two athletes that earned this season’s biggest prize be honored as USA Shooting’s Athletes of the Year. Double Trap World Champion Josh Richmond and Skeet World Champion Brandy Drozd are this year’s honorees. Richmond and Drozd were recognized with the discipline athletes of the year for Rifle, Pistol and Paralympic.
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2 years after Newtown shootings, the NRA won the debate over guns
Dec. 14 marked two years since 28 people, including 20 children, were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. So where do we stand as a country on the issue of guns? Despite the mass shooting, President Obama and allies in Congress were unable to pass anything related to background checks, despite the overwhelming support in the polls for the measure, let alone limits on ammunition in gun clips. Just how much has the National Rifle Association won the message?
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Texas A&M students push for right to concealed carry
Campus Reform
The Texas A&M Student Senate recently passed the Personal Protection Act, an act which would allow students to carry a concealed handgun on campus. Student Body President Kyle Kelly signed the act after it passed in the Student Senate, with 39 supporting, 12 dissenting, and six abstaining votes. Although Kelly did not support the act in its early stages, he said he has learned a lot about the issue while going through the legislative process.
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First look: Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle with composite stock
Guns & Ammo
Ruger continues to expand its Gunsite Scout Rifle (GSR) lineup with a new composite stock version. Inspired by Jeff Cooper’s original Scout Rifle concept and chambered in .308 Win, this working man’s rifle was designed with practicality in mind. Initially available in a right-handed configuration, the new weather-resistant black synthetic stock reduces the GSR’s overall weight to 6.86 pounds (unloaded with the magazine). The synthetic stock also incorporates an aluminum bedding block in the front and an aluminum pillar in the rear, allowing for a sturdy fit and a free-floating barrel.
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Texas Big Game Awards accepting big game entries
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Hunters can show their Texas pride by entering their big game harvest in this year’s Texas Big Game Awards program. The program is accepting entries now through Feb. 15, 2015. Celebrating its 24th year, the Texas Big Game Awards is a partnership of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Wildlife Association recognizing the contributions landowners, land managers and responsible hunters make to managing and conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat on Texas’ private lands.
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Opinion: Affordable Care Act still allows collecting information about gun ownership
With the new Congress nearly upon us (that’s a scary thought isn’t it?), there are rumblings that maybe the time is ripe to repeal or at least dramatically reshape the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Some comments Vik Khanna has read online indicate gun owners may have a false sense of security about Obamacare because, on its face, the statutory language appears to prohibit using the health care industry as a vehicle to question people about gun ownership. Like nearly everything Congress does, the devil is in the details.
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Boone and Crockett says no to scoring captive-bred deer
Lone Star Outdoor News
The Boone and Crockett Club recently reaffirmed its objection and rejection to the use of its name and scoring system in conjunction with captive deer and elk. So says an official resolution presented and signed by club president William A. Demmer. Through this official resolution, the Club reaffirms that no one is authorized to exploit this standard by using the B&C scoring system, name or logo in connection with captive animals. The Club strictly opposes any attempt to legitimize the trophy quality of pen-raised animals or put and take shooting operations by associating either with the Boone and Crockett Club.
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