TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Jul. 31, 2014

Leschper: Texas hunters look forward another strong deer season
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The Lone Star State has long had the largest population of white-tailed deer in the country, but the only thing that surpasses the quantity in Texas is the quality, and it again has shaped up to be a fantastic year for big deer. When looking forward to a new hunting framework, hunters must look back at past ones, something that has biologists cautiously optimistic despite dry conditions as we head through the summer.More

Return of the Arsenal SLR-107FR
Guns & Ammo
Arsenal, Inc., has announced the return of its best-selling rifle, the SLR-107FR. The 7.62x39mm stamped receiver, semi-automatic Arsenal SLR-107FR utilizes authentic Arsenal factory components, including a Bulgarian manufactured mil-spec stamped receiver and a cold hammer-forged, chrome lined barrel with 24×1.5mm right-hand threads. The receiver features side-mounted scope rails for attaching any standard scope mount, including Arsenal's latest SM-13 mount. More

Time running out to enter several TPWD draw hunts
Lone Star Outdoor News
The clock is ticking for hunters looking to apply for public hunts through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's drawn hunts. The first deadlines are for unique East Texas alligator hunts on Aug. 7 and alligator management hunts on Aug. 10. Other drawn hunt deadlines are coming in August and early September.More

The essence of reloading — flexibility
Gun Digest
As a reloader, you are able to control the ballistic parameters of the ammunition for your firearm. Whether it is a pistol or rifle, the ability to vary the bullet weight and velocity of your firearm makes each and every one of them much more flexible than most people would think. There are oodles of great factory loadings available today, and it is better than it has ever been, but we handloaders have the wide world of bullet choices and powder selections at our fingertips.More

NRA kicks off voter registration drive with provocative ad
USA Today
A suggestive ad by the NRA for its voter registration campaign will likely get tongues wagging. The spot features a father talking to his son in a somber tone about something that's not a toy, but is important to protect their family. He unlocks a case to reveal a voter registration card. The ad is part of the National Rifle Association's Trigger the Vote campaign, aimed at increasing the number of registered voters — especially among gun owners.More

Trashing the Rockies: Why shooters should preserve public land
Rifle Shooter
As a Westerner by birth and inclination, Joseph von Benedikt has one major complaint with some of his fellow western public-land shooters: The way they absolutely trash the public land where they pursue their chosen hobby. This is a problem that doesn't really exist in areas with little or no public land. Shooters don't leave shot-up rubbish strewn about the back forty of their own farm, or even Uncle Waldo's timber patch. But somehow, here in the wide-open West, some shooters cast off responsibility just because the places where they shoot are public. More

Here comes the next big Supreme Court gun-rights case
Bloomberg Businessweek
Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, noted recently that the Supreme Court has been ducking gun-rights cases. In 2008, the Supreme Court for the first time declared that individuals have a Second Amendment right to keep a handgun in the home. The justices expanded on that 5-4 ruling two years later, clarifying that it applied to all states. Then the court became, well, gun-shy.More

Survey: Texas leads nation in dove hunters, harvesters
Texas Parks & Wildlife via KETK-TV
About 250,000 mourning dove hunters harvest 5 million mourning doves on an annual basis in Texas — making the Lone Star State the nation’s leader in both the number of hunters and harvest. The findings of a National Dove Hunter Survey will help managers better understand the opinions of this important hunting community at a national level.More

Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional
Fox News
A federal judge in the District of Columbia recently overturned the city's total ban on residents being allowed to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists. Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation's capital are "unconstitutional."More

Hospital shooting highlights common gun rights argument
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It was a terrifying scene at a Pennsylvania hospital, where a doctor shot one of his patients three times in self-defense after the patient shot and killed a hospital employee. Psychiatrist Dr. Lee Silverman shot Richard Plotts, one of his patients, after Plotts pulled a gun and killed his case worker, Theresa Hunt. Plotts remains in stable but serious condition. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Silverman had a permit for the gun and it was completely within the law for him to have it inside his office.More

Court ruling discouraging doctors from asking about guns sparks concerns
The Wall Street Journal
A court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership is stoking alarm among some medical professionals, who view such questions as part of basic patient care. In a recent 2-1 ruling, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta reversed a federal judge in Miami, who struck down the law in 2012 saying that the statute infringed on doctors' free-speech rights.More

Best rimfire optics at every price point
Shooting Times
Current ammo supplies (or lack thereof) aside, rimfire rifles are among America’s most used firearms. Rimfires are kings of versatility and can be used for everything from training new shooters, hunting, plinking and pest control to serious target competition. Despite the popularity of the .22 LR and other rimfires rounds such as the .17 HMR and .22 Short, optics for rimfire use are often regarded as an afterthought. More

Leschper: Texas hunters look forward another strong deer season
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The Lone Star State has long had the largest population of white-tailed deer in the country, but the only thing that surpasses the quantity in Texas is the quality, and it again has shaped up to be a fantastic year for big deer.More

9 most misused gun terms
Guns and Ammo
“Assault weapon.” Sixteen-round “clip.” A box of “bullets.” When it comes to firearms, there’s no shortage of misused terminology. Sometimes the error is committed innocently, a simple mistake owing to the shooter’s ignorance. A common example is the interchangeable use of “clip” and “magazine.” However, other misused terms are more harmful. More

Why are the sales for firearm silencers, suppressors on the rise?
A few years ago, Josh Waldron started up a company that makes silencers or suppressors for guns and rifles. This year, he expects around $20 million in sales. "This is nothing new to the world, and we have a lot of history of these being safety products and not the contrary," Waldron said.More