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Nugent keeps NRA members rocking for conference finale
The Houston Chronicle
The fact Ted Nugent played at the first concert Joseph Flowers ever attended was only a bonus for the Lake Jackson man anchoring the end of a hundreds-long line at a book signing. Flowers said he respects Nugent's music, but he's here primarily to buy a signed book written by the vocal board member of the National Rifle Association and to support the organization working diligently to guard his rights.
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Texas Senate approves bill to let students keep concealed guns in cars on campus
Dallas Morning News
Senators voted to allow students to keep guns in their cars on college campuses, after Democrats sought and received assurances that the measure wouldn't be broadened to allow concealed handguns to be carried at universities. The bill would grant students who have concealed-handgun licenses the ability to store their guns legally in their cars on streets and in parking lots at institutions of higher education. No college, public or private, would be able to opt out, which they currently are allowed to do. Sen. Glenn Hegar, the measure's author, pledged to keep his bill limited.
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Gun bills headed to the Texas governor's desk
Ammo Land
On May 6, two pro-gun bills finally passed in the Texas Legislature. SB 864 by Senator Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, the Senate companion to HB 47 by Representative Dan Flynn, R-Van, is headed toward the Governor's desk. SB 864 will reduce the number of hours for a concealed handgun license to "not less than four or more than six" and will not include time on the shooting range or the range proficiency exam.
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Young voters aren't sold on gun control
U.S. News and World Report
Young people have helped push the gay marriage issue to the forefront, with so many voters 30 and under supporting marriage equality that Republicans have been forced to accept — or at least re-examine — the matter. Sticking to an anti-gay rights agenda could cost the GOP votes down the road and many Republicans are wisely seeing that on a purely political basis, things need to change. The same trend, however, is not mirrored on the matter of gun control.
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In Texas, Armed Citizens Project will give you a gun
New York Daily News
You know about gun buybacks. Well, Texas has gun giveaways. A new organization based in Houston is handing out free pump-action shotguns to homeowners in high-crime neighborhoods. It's an initiative that may sound crazy to some New Yorkers. But the man behind the nonprofit has the Big Apple squarely in his sights. "New York and Chicago are on our high-priority list," said Kyle Coplen, 29. "We are going to be there by the end of the year."
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Gun homicide rate down 49 percent since 1993 peak; public unaware
Pew Social & Demographic Trends
National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Beneath the long-term trend, though, are big differences by decade: Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000. Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49 percent lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation's population grew.
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National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data.

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High tech hunting for Texas feral hogs
KHOU-TV
There are an estimated two million feral hogs in Texas causing an estimated $52 million in agricultural damage each year, according to state wildlife experts.

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8th-grader arrested over NRA shirt returns to school in same shirt
The Daily Caller via Yahoo News
The West Virginia eighth-grader who was suspended and, astonishingly, arrested after he refused to remove a T-shirt supporting the National Rifle Association returned to school.

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Outdoor Life Magazine reviews TrackingPoint rifle on the hunt in Texas
PRWeb
Precision Guided Firearms have been the talk of the tech, outdoors and firearms media since their launch in January 2013. While many have discussed the system, very few have had the privilege to actually be able to shoot it and even fewer have been able to experience it off the range and in action in a real life long range hunting scenario. John B. Snow, the shooting editor from Outdoor Life magazine, took the new TrackingPoint system out in Texas to hunt for nilgai to see how the precision long range hunting rifle really performed while in action. Along with other Outdoor Life staff members and a team of TrackingPoint firearm's experts, they took long distance shots and harvested game.
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Dems push gun control agenda in DC, but not in battleground states
The Hill
Democratic leaders are wooing staunchly pro-gun candidates to run in pivotal Senate races at the same time they are discussing a strategy for bringing gun control legislation back up for debate. The two-pronged effort has prompted Republicans to accuse the Senate Democratic leadership of hypocrisy, but Democrats say it is simply smart politics.
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Democratic state senator blocks Texas bill to permit concealed carry campuses
Campus Reform
A bill that would have allowed students and faculty to carry concealed handguns on college campuses in Texas will likely fail in the state Senate due to one Democratic senator who refused to allow the legislation to come up for a vote in the committee he controls. Sen. John Whitmire, who is the chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, has declined to take up the legislation, calling it "very divisive" and citing the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook as a reason the bill shouldn't be considered by his committee at this time.
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Antique gun show at the NRA convention
The Houston Chronicle
Patient gun owners lined up to get their treasures appraised, for free, during the Antique Guns and Gold Showcase at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Special guns can be checked in for examination and appraisal at the NRA's Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase in Houston. What is it worth?
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