TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
May. 16, 2013

Will gun makers flock to Texas?
Guns.com
What has been traditionally a northeastern industry in the U.S. may soon become a southern one, if Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a say in the matter. While his office has contacted more than 30 gun companies this year with pitches to move to the Lone Star state, he attended the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston to personally invite more. Perry offered them safe passage into Texas, enticing them with gun-friendly communities and the prospects of expanding their businesses with limited government interruption.More

US government orders Defense Distributed to remove blueprint for 3-D printed handgun from the web
The Independent
The U.S. government has demanded the removal of online files which allow users to 3-D print their own unregistered gun at home. The blueprint has so far been downloaded more than 100,000 times since Defense Distributed — which spent a year designing the "Liberator" handgun — made it available online.More

Congress to hold hearing on bill to protect hunting on public land
Ammo Land
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance's Director of Federal Affairs, Bill Horn, will testify on the reasons why Congress must act on critical legislation which was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. The House Sub-committee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands held a hearing on HR 1825, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, on May 9. The bill establishes that fishing, hunting and recreational shooting have a key place on National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands.More

Reid: Gun control advocates will 'settle' for certain restrictions
CBS News
Following failed efforts to expand background checks for gun purchases, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that advocates for stricter gun laws will "settle" for rules restricting the mentally ill and criminals from purchasing guns. "Someone who has extreme mental problems, they shouldn't be able to buy a gun," Reid said on the Senate floor. "Someone who's a criminal shouldn't be able to buy a gun. That's all we want. We'll settle for that. The people of Sandy Hook will settle for that."More

Texas Legislature briefs: 3 controversial gun bills go to full Senate
The Dallas Morning News
A committee has advanced three controversial gun-related bills, sending them to the full Senate. One of the measures would seek to exempt Texas from new federal laws regulating firearms or ammunition, a bill that would face court challenges if it became law and was used. A second would seek to prohibit the state from enforcing certain federal gun laws.More

New government report undercuts Obama anti-gun agenda
NRA-ILA
Adding to the bad news for the Obama agenda, a report issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that firearm homicides in general, and violence at schools, have decreased substantially during the last two decades; the percentage of homicides committed with firearms has decreased; and only a tiny percentage of state prison inmates imprisoned for gun offenses obtain their guns from gun shows. As the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin characterizes it, the report is "wonderful news for the country and rotten data for anti-gun advocates."More

New government report undercuts Obama anti-gun agenda
NRA-ILA
Adding to the bad news for the Obama agenda, a report issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that firearm homicides in general, and violence at schools, have decreased substantially during the last two decades.More

In Texas, Armed Citizens Project will give you a gun
New York Daily News
You know about gun buybacks. Well, Texas has gun giveaways. A new organization based in Houston is handing out free pump-action shotguns to homeowners in high-crime neighborhoods.More

Gun bills headed to the Texas governor's desk
Ammo Land
On May 6, two pro-gun bills finally passed in the Texas Legislature. SB 864 by Senator Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, the Senate companion to HB 47 by Representative Dan Flynn, R-Van, is headed toward the Governor's desk.More

Study: Gun violence plummeted, but people think it increased
The Daily Caller
The reality of declining gun violence in America is starkly at odds with public perception, a new study finds. The gun homicide rate shrank by 49 percent between 1993 and 2010, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center. Violent crime rates surged in the 1960s and 1970s, peaked in the 1980s and early 1990s, and then began to fall dramatically. The decline leveled off in the early 2000s, but resumed in 2007.More

Gun control debate may return as Republicans signal a new willingness to talk
The Washington Post
At least two Republican senators have signaled that they may reconsider their opposition to expanded national background checks for gun purchases, aides said, suggesting that the push for stricter gun laws could return as a top issue in Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks. The gun debate appeared to be largely abandoned on Capitol Hill following a resounding defeat in the Senate. But a handful of lawmakers are showing a new eagerness to engage on the issue after gun-control groups launched campaigns against senators in both parties who voted against the background check proposal.More