TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Sep. 12, 2013

Under a new law, the police can act as gun dealers
The New York Times
For decades, weapons confiscated by the police in Texas were supposed to be used for law enforcement purposes — or else destroyed. Starting next month, police departments across the state will be allowed to sell some of them. Some local departments have already been selling confiscated weapons, operating under a gray area of existing law, said T. Edwin Walker, president of Texas Law Shield, which provides legal services to Texas gun owners.More

State law shortens concealed-handgun courses, but will students be prepared?
Dallas Morning News
The law is indicative of Texas' response to the debate over guns after the Newtown, Conn., school shootings late last year. As many states restricted access to firearms, Texas lawmakers mostly looked for ways to remove obstacles from licensed citizens carrying weapons. Some of the more controversial measures, such as allowing concealed guns on college campuses, didn't get out of the Legislature. But several others passed, making it easier to get and keep a license to carry a hidden weapon.More

Test of Texas gun range law heads to court
An Army Ranger is suing to have his gun range reopened under an untested state law backed by the National Rifle Association. An attorney for Adam Morgan says his client's case is scheduled to go on trial in Kaufman, southeast of Dallas. Morgan says he opened a range on 100 acres of land. The county's district attorney said residents near the range were at "immediate risk" and obtained a temporary injunction that stopped Morgan from operating the business.More

New laws aimed at boosting safety at Texas schools
As a deadly knife fight recently at a Houston-area high school raised new concerns about student safety, officials said a package of laws that just took effect should soon help thwart such acts of violence. Armed "school marshals" could begin patrolling campuses in 2014 after they complete a specialized training course — in what officials say they believe will the first program of its kind in the United States.More

Gun control costing states ... literally
Right Side News
In recent months, several traditionally anti-gun states and Colorado, have enacted laws that abuse the rights of the average citizen and offend their corporate citizens. The situation has led to an exodus of gun manufacturers to more friendly climes, with anti-gun states losing the significant tax revenue and jobs these companies provide. Amongst the companies that have chosen to relocate is Magpul Industries of Erie, Colo., a manufacturer of AR-15 parts, accessories and magazines. Magpul warned the state in February that the company would move if legislation banning standard capacity magazines passed. In March, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a ban, and Magpul set out in search of a new home, possibly in Texas.More

Guns could be issue in governor's race
If state Sen. Wendy Davis gets into the race for Texas governor, abortion won't be the only hot-button social issue dividing the major candidates. The topic of gun restrictions will spice things up, too. Davis, who became an instant political celebrity after filibustering a restrictive abortion bill in June, voted in favor of allowing students to carry guns in their vehicles on college campuses. She is a gun owner and has said she believes the Second Amendment guarantees Americans that right. In a lot of states, that would probably put her in the pro-gun camp.More

Missouri bill would void federal gun laws, OK machine guns for residents
The Missouri state legislature is trying to accomplish something that's never been done: Pass a law that will not only let residents own a machine gun, but also arrest federal agents if they try to take it away. What's more, the bill would make it illegal for anyone to publish any information about a gun owner.More

Colorado state senators recalled over gun control support
Fox News
Two Democratic lawmakers in Colorado, including the president of the state Senate, were recalled in elections brought about by their support for tougher gun control laws. According to unofficial results, voters in Colorado Springs favored recalling state Sen. John Morse, the body's president, by 51 percent to 49 percent. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo was defeated in her recall election, 56 percent to 44 percent.More

Guns could be issue in governor's race
If state Sen. Wendy Davis gets into the race for Texas governor, abortion won’t be the only hot-button social issue dividing the major candidates.More

What's the best subcompact 9mm on the market?
Guns & Ammo
With all the subcompact 9mm pistols on the market today, choosing the right one for you can be a truly difficult decision.More

Texans now need less training for concealed handgun licenses
The Star-Telegram
Ambitious plans to let Texans openly carry handguns throughout the state — and to let college students carry concealed handguns on campus — fell by the wayside during the legislative session earlier this year.More

Research fails to support gun control agenda, according to Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
Yahoo News
Organized medicine, especially the AMA and the American College of Physicians, is joining with the Obama administration in calling for more gun control measures, but there is no "evidence-based" support for this, states Dr. Jane M. Orient, in the fall 2013 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.More

Gun rights advocates stand armed outside Houston bagel shop to educate public on firearms
Some customers at a southwest Houston bagel shop were startled to see people standing around with guns outside the store. The people outside the Einsten Bros. Bagels were with Open Carry Texas — a group dedicated to the safe and legal carry of firearms openly in the State of Texas. They say they want to remove the stigma on the appearance of guns in the community and educate people about firearms.More