TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Aug. 15, 2013

Guns in church, the debate over armed preachers heats up
The Huffington Post
Every email Carl Chinn sends features the same signature: His name, followed by Chapter 4, Verse 9 from the Book of Nehemiah. "We prayed to our God and posted a guard." On Sept. 10, Chinn will lead a seminar for several local, faith-based organizations in Oak Creek, Wis., the same community where a gunman opened fire in a Sikh temple, killing six people and wounding four others. Chinn, a church security consultant, will suggest arming designating church-goers during services.More

Summertime concealed carry
American Rifleman
When the mercury rises, the sane among us adapt our clothing choices. But wearing fewer clothes tends to make it harder to practice concealed carry. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself protected, no matter the temperature.More

Changes in Texas CHL law — Campus parking lot protection
By Ed Morris
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.More

Do you truly understand Texas gun laws
Houston Forward Times
Many of you have probably heard the phrase, "Ignorance of the law is no excuse," but do you really know what it means? The phrase, which derives from the Latin phrase, "Ignorantia legis neminem excusat," is a legal doctrine which states that even if a person claims to be unaware of what a law means, it doesn't allow them the ability to avoid the consequence or liability that comes as a result of violating that law.More

White House responds to 'Gun Free Zone' petition — Politicians need armed security
The Daily Caller
A petition on the formal White House petitions website called for 'gun free' zones to be extended to politicians, saying if it's good enough for children in schools and other places where otherwise legal firearm carry by private citizens is prohibited, then it should be good enough for our country's leaders, right? Wrong.More

Gun owners peacefully protest in McAllen
The Brownsville Herald
Nearly 70 people — many carrying assault weapons, hunting rifles and shotguns — gathered outside the McAllen Police Department, demonstrating their open carry rights. Open Carry Texas, which advocates for gun rights, organized the peaceful protest two days after police arrested Zach W. Horton, 37, of Little Elm, for carrying an assault-style weapon near the McAllen Public Safety Building. Police charged Horton with carrying a weapon where prohibited, a third-degree felony.More

Firearms manufacturer Ruger officially chooses Mayodan for plant
Winston-Salem Journal
When it came to Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc. choosing where to open its third firearms manufacturing plant, the decision didn't come down to buildings, incentives or even how gun friendly the community was. Ruger chose Mayodan, N.C., and a vacant 220,000-square-foot plant because the potential local workforce "was such a great fit for our company culture," chief executive Michael Fifer.More

Firearms manufacturer Ruger officially chooses Mayodan for plant
Winston-Salem Journal
When it came to Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc. choosing where to open its third firearms manufacturing plant, the decision didn’t come down to buildings, incentives or even how gun friendly the community was.More

Husband shoots 2 bank robbery suspects who kidnapped him, his wife
KHOU-TV
Two bank robbery suspects were shot in Colorado County by a man who said they kidnapped him and his wife, a bank employee.More

'Keep your guns out of our city' Bloomberg responds to his pro-gun critics
Capital New York
Now that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made himself the face of the modern-day gun control movement, critics have assailed him for using both his own deep pockets and city resources to lobby for gun control in other states.More

Zimmerman verdict sparks interest in insurance programs that defend gun owners
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Florida acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who Zimmerman said he shot in self-defense, has resulted in a surge of business for a Texas company that insures gun owners. "People who have seen what happened to Zimmerman began to consider their own circumstances and asked how would their life be affected if something like that happened to them," said attorney Edwin Walker, co-founder of Texas Law Shield.More

Ohio instructor shoots student in gun-safety class
The Daily Caller
A 73-year-old Ohio man accidentally shot a student with a .38-caliber bullet when he was teaching a daylong gun-safety class for people seeking concealed-carry permits. Terry J. Dunlap Sr. was the instructor and the shooter, reports The Columbus Dispatch. More