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Texas Legislature passes record number of pro-gun bills but key items remain as 'unfinished business'
Texas GOP Vote
The Texas Legislature adjourned its regular session on Memorial Day after passing 15 pro-Second Amendment measures, and was immediately called back into special session by Gov. Rick Perry to address the drawing of district lines in which federal and state lawmakers will run for re-election in 2014. The governor can add issue items to the agenda (known as "the call") as the special session progresses.
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Texas bill would require hotels to inform guests about gun control policies
Opposing Views
A Texas bill would require hotels in Texas to inform prospective customers about their gun control policies. Failure to do so would be a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to $100 in fines. Sponsored by State Rep. Ryan Guillen, HB 333 would require hotels that limit possession, storage or transportation of firearms to notify would-be guests on the website or when guests make reservations.
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The rifle and the camera
Sports Afield
The rifle is the primary tool of the hunter. A few hunters consider their rifles just that — tools — and nothing more. Most of us, though, also enjoy rifles for their own sake: the fine lines, craftsmanship, that peculiar combination of wood (or synthetics) and metal that turns a simple, powerful tool into a valued possession, a cherished heirloom, an old friend.
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Precision vs. accuracy
American Rifleman
In terms of defensive handgun shooting, it's important to understand the differences between the words accuracy and precision. For your average everyday range trip, precision is what gets the blood pumping — watching as rounds strike repeatedly inside the center-most rings of a target is nothing short of wholly satisfying. In practicing for self-defense, accuracy is what should be valued, which can be simply defined as hitting your target. Whether in the X or hanging on to the edge of the seven ring, a shot on target is an accurate shot.
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How to clean a rifle barrel: 1 size doesn't fit all
Outdoor Life
The fouling left by bullets and powder not only degrades accuracy, but if left for extended periods, it can also result in pitting that can destroy the barrel. Here are some good tips on how to clean your rifle barrel after shooting various types of bullets.
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Leschper: Streamlining hunter certification process is a bad idea
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking into proposed changes to the state's hunter education certification program that would "streamline" the process for those who take the course. While that may seem like a good idea to anyone who has yet to complete a course, or for wildlife officials hoping that easing the requirements will help aid hunter recruitment, the numbers don't lie: Traditional hunter education courses have helped to drastically cut accidents and have saved lives.
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Leschper: Streamlining hunter certification process is a bad idea
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking into proposed changes to the state's hunter education certification program that would "streamline" the process for those who take the course.

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Texas teachers to become armed marshals
Ammo Land
Gov. Rick Perry pledged his support for new legislation to allow Texas school teachers to take training and become armed marshals.

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Studies: Gun crime rates drop as ownership rises
Guns & Ammo
More than a few anti-gunners are quick to pan the notion of "more guns, less crime." Without any basis, these folks will scream that more guns will just lead to more gun-related tragedies and mass shootings, as if every gun owner is a raving lunatic.

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Tea Party, Democrats team up to block lawmakers looking for gun perks
Fox News
It's not a political alliance people are used to seeing. But in states like Texas and North Carolina, Tea Party supporters have been teaming up with Democrats to defeat measures that would expand gun rights for lawmakers but not the general public. In Texas, the House defeated a measure that would have given prosecuting attorneys and lawmakers permission to carry guns anywhere they wanted to in the state. Just 38 lawmakers voted for it, while 103 voted against.
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House votes to delay bulk ammunition purchase by DHS
The Hill
The House voted to stop the Department of Homeland Security from entering into new contracts to buy millions of rounds of ammunition until DHS reports to Congress on the need for the ammo and its cost. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., proposed an amendment to the DHS spending bill for 2014 that would require the report to Congress before it can pursue plans to buy 1.1 billion rounds of ammunition.
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