TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Sep. 6, 2012

Large gun range coming to North Texas
Lone Star Outdoor News
North Texas hunters and gun enthusiasts will have a new excuse to go shooting soon — in a spacious and comfortable atmosphere to boot. The Frisco Gun Club and Academy is set to open in 2013, boasting 43,000-square-feet of building space. Ray Symons, CHL instructor at the DFW Gun Range and Training Center, said the new location is going to be something special.More

'Fast and Furious' report expected to be released by next Tuesday
The long-awaited report on the controversial ATF gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious will be issued by the Justice Department inspector general not later than next Tuesday morning. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the committee headed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Tuesday morning after the report has been made public.More

Feinstein says she'll reintroduce assault weapon legislation
Dianne Feinstein announced that she's re-entering the battle over gun control during her keynote speech to the California delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Feinstein was president of the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors on what she calls that city's "day of infamy" in 1978, when a former colleague shot and killed Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. Since then, Sen. Feinstein has been a vocal proponent of gun control.More

Help NRA-ILA identify non-compliance among employers on anniversary of Texas parking lot protection law
Saturday, Sept. 1, marked the one-year anniversary of Senate Bill 321 taking effect in Texas. As reported on by the NRA-ILA during the 2011 Legislative Session, this bill is the NRA-backed employee parking lot protection law sponsored by state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, and state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, R-Lexington, that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry in June 2011.More

6 creative ways Romney is courting shooters
Guns & Ammo
Mitt Romney's relationship with gun owners over the years has been tenuous at best. While campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 1994, he expressed support for five-day waiting periods and other gun control measures. And in 2004, as governor of Massachusetts, he signed an "assault weapons" ban. However, Romney says his views on firearms have changed and, starting with his 2007 presidential campaign, he's sought rebirth as a pro-gun candidate.More

Shotgun sports can be a superior way to teach ethics
Shotgun Life
From Michael G. Sabbeth: A few years ago I experienced a moment that is now seared into my memory. The moment began inconspicuously. I and some of my Rocky Mountain Vintagers pals were ambling from station to station at Jerry William's superb Quail Run Sporting Clays Club in Kiowa, Colo. At a station with two lazy straight-away targets, a dad was teaching his daughter to handle a shotgun. More

Wildlife officials considering new deer movement rules in response to CWD
State wildlife officials say more deliberation is needed before new rules are adopted governing Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's regulatory response to the detection of Chronic Wasting Disease in Texas. Consideration of proposed rules restricting deer movement in the CWD affected area of far West Texas will be delayed until the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission's November meeting.More

Olson finishes 12th in Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1
USA Shooting
The Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1 event at the Paralympic Games was laden with favorites: Jonas Jakobsson, Zhang Cuiping, Dong Chao and the USA's Sergeant First Class Josh Olson (Spokane, Wash.), yet none of these greats made the podium in 2012. Olson finished in 12th after two difficult rounds with 587 points.More

Fall waterfowl flight update: A year of extremes
Ducks Unlimited
From Dale Humburg, DU Chief Scientist: About the time the waterfowl season closes, I begin thinking about the next one. Beginning in February, I pay attention to snowfall on the prairies, followed over the next eight months by migration back north, reports of breeding populations, summer habitat conditions, regulations announcements, late summer and fall rains, weather fronts and timing of freeze-up. More

Service declares Wyoming gray wolf recovered under the Endangered Species Act
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Wyoming population of gray wolves is recovered and no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Beginning Sept. 30, wolves in Wyoming will be managed by the state under an approved management plan, as they are in the states of Idaho and Montana.More

Texas waterfowl season dates set
Lone Star Outdoor News
We have the dates, but there's still some time to wait. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission finalized this year's waterfowl seasons at a public hearing as Texas hunters make ready to welcome record numbers of ducks. According to this year's U.S. Fish and Wildlife "Trends in Duck Breeding Populations," estimated waterfowl production in North America's "duck factory" are at a record high, eclipsing a record set last year. More