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Texas senators hold hearing on guns in schools
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Educators, police officers and state officials weighed in during a Senate hearing on proposals to arm teachers to prevent the kind of horror that took place last month at a Connecticut elementary school from happening in Texas. At a hearing where witnesses on both sides of the issue emphasized the need for individual school districts to set their own policies to meet their communities' needs, the upper chamber's education committee chairman, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, acknowledged that state law could be "ambiguous" when it comes to firearms policies. More



Gun rights advocates clobber gun ban proposal
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Deluging the Senate Judiciary Committee with facts and figures that some members clearly did not want to hear, three gun rights advocates and some pro-gun members of the panel hammered proposed bans on so-called "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines during a four-hour hearing that was loaded with surprises. More

Giffords, NRA chief speak out at Senate gun hearing
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The U.S. Senate on Jan. 30 held its first hearing on ways to reduce gun violence since 20 Connecticut students were killed in a December mass shooting. President Barack Obama proposed a new ban on assault weapons, background checks on gun buyers and limits on ammunition magazines. He has called on the divided Congress to enact legislation soon. More

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San Diego police chief: We can disarm Americans within a generation
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San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is fully supportive of the Obama/Feinstein gun grab and says if lawmakers play it right Americans can be completely disarmed within "a generation." Lansdowne has gone on record saying: "I could not be more supportive of the president for taking the position he has. I think it's courageous with the politics involved in this process. [And] I think it's going to eventually make the country safer." He made it clear that it may take "a generation," but new laws could eventually take all guns off the streets. More

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Texas congressman, Reagan AG warn of impeachment if Obama moves on guns
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VideoBrief A Texas congressman vowed to try to impeach President Barack Obama if he moves ahead with plans to control guns by executive order and onetime U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese says it is not far-fetched. Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican from the Houston area, called Obama's plans to skirt Congress and implement some controls administratively "an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic." He also threatened to defund the White House. More

Keeping quail hunting going with another generation of hunters
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Luke Clayton, a contributor to Star Local News, writes: "Back in the mid-1960s, when I was fourteen, shooting quail was a part of life I thought would never change. When I wanted to go quail hunting, I either walked up the covey behind our farmhouse in east Texas or, on those special Saturday mornings, was invited to tag along with my brother-in-law and his big, raw-boned, white pointer Toler. Watching that hard-working, old pointer cast downwind of a likely patch of quail cover, seeing him go on point and then walking up behind him to flush the birds and push a load of chilled No. 8-shot after the departing brown bombshells was the experience that I best remember about my formative quail hunting years. It's the stuff that got me really hook on upland bird hunting." More


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Gun sales surge leaves Texas law agencies short
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Police chiefs in Central Texas say they're having trouble arming their officers due to shortages of assault rifles and ammunition. One police department has instructed its officers to try cutting back on ammunition used during training, the Austin American-Statesmen reported, while another department has been waiting for new assault rifles for months. More



Arizona bill: Federal ban on semiautos would be unenforceable in the state
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Within days of opening its 51st Legislature, Arizona state lawmakers have begun considering HB 2291 — a bill which declares any federal attempt to "ban or restrict ownership of a semi-automatic firearm … unenforceable" in the state. Moreover, the bill also lists as "unenforceable" any federal ban on magazines for such weapons and categorizes any requirement for firearm registration as a nonstarter as well. As Wyoming, Texas and Oklahoma have done, AZ H.B. 2291 threatens felony charges for federal gun grabbers who seek to enforce these measures. More

Williams pledges to defend Second Amendment
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U.S. Congressman Roger Williams, R-Austin, elected November to represent the newly redrawn Congressional District 25, used Burleson's Off Duty Armory as the backdrop for a press conference declaring his opposition to President Barack Obama's recent executive orders and proposed legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammo magazines. More



Gun control rally: Almost, nearly 1,000 people vs. thousands
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The Washington Post is reporting that "nearly 1,000 people" took part in a pro-gun control march in Washington D.C. CNN described the same event as a march attended by "thousands." A slight discrepancy to say the least. The WAPO reports some Newtown, Conn., residents joined "nearly 1,000 people" in a march on the National Mall. Speakers at the march included Democrats Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray. CNN reported on the same march as having "thousands of demonstrators" rallying for "universal background checks," a "reinstatement of the federal ban on military-style semi-automatic rifles" and a "ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines." More



Thousands flock to Austin's first gun show of the year
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VideoBrief A gun-control demonstration at the Capitol recently came on the same day as Austin hosted its first gun show of the year at the Travis County Expo Center. The line of cars and trucks stretched as far as the eye could see, as gun enthusiasts patiently waited to get to the Travis County Expo Center for the Saxet Gun Show. The show has been a big topic of discussion for the City of Austin and Travis County. More

TSRA membership and Legislative Alerts
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