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Celebrity gun manufacturer sets up shop in Texas
The Texas Tribune
Following efforts by Gov. Rick Perry to convince gun manufacturers to relocate to Texas, a celebrity firearm maker has set up shop there, citing the state's pro-Second Amendment attitude. "Texas is very business friendly and more guns are legal here," high-end motorcycle magnate Jesse James told The Texas Tribune at a recent launch party for his new company, Jesse James Firearms Unlimited.
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Fine, not jail for Texas soldier in gun rights case
The Baylor Lariat
A Fort Hood soldier was fined after being convicted of a misdemeanor in a case where gun-rights advocates protested his arrest. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Christopher Grisham did not get jail time after being convicted by a Belton jury of interference with the duties of an officer, the Temple Daily Telegram reported. The jury gave him a $2,000 fine. Grisham has said he'll appeal both the fine and the conviction.
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Legalized theft of guns
Ammo Land
An anti-freedom policy has been spreading across United States police departments, the legalized theft of citizens guns. Recently, it occurred in Georgia. This is not about forfeiture laws. They are related but have been covered elsewhere. This is a problem in many urban areas, and it is spreading. The policy is to impound guns, in extreme cases, all guns that officers come across, whether involved in any crime or not, then to refuse to return the guns until a judge issues an order to return them. As the attorney fees needed to obtain a court order can easily be 10 times what the gun is worth, most people do not bother.
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Open-carry advocates see hope in Abbott proposal
The Texas Tribune
For years, supporters of open-carry gun laws have pleaded with lawmakers to allow Texans to bear their arms openly in public. With the front-running Republican gubernatorial candidate proposing open carry laws, many supporters believe the time has finally arrived for legislators to approve such a measure. "I think open carry will be the Second Amendment issue this next session and I do think that we can pass it because the support is just tremendous," said state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, who introduced open-carry legislation that failed earlier this year.
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Police work to comply with gun law
Longview News-Journal
Two months after it went into effect, local law enforcement agencies are working to catch up with a new state law that gives them authority to seize weapons from people in mental crisis. "We are in the process of looking at our policy and procedures to bring us up to date with current law and educating our officers," said Kristie Brian, a spokeswoman for the Longview Police Department.
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ATF chief faces tough challenge at troubled agency
NPR
For the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, nothing seems to come easy. The agency runs at a fraction of the size of its much larger law enforcement counterparts. Under pressure from gun rights groups, it operated without a Senate-confirmed leader for seven years. And its new leader, B. Todd Jones, only narrowly averted a congressional roadblock to win confirmation this summer after serving more than two years as an interim leader.
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Barry Smitherman is only Texas AG candidate with a CHL
Texas GOP Vote
Barry Smitherman is the only candidate in the Texas Attorney General race with a Concealed Handgun License. The fact that Barry Smitherman actually packs heat, on top of the fact that he got an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, is why it is believed that Barry Smitherman is clearly the best gun rights Texas AG candidate over Ken Paxton and Dan Branch. Anyone can talk a good talk about supporting gun rights, but Barry Smitherman actually practices his right to bear arms.
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Why opposition to gun control has increased over the last 50 years
Washington Examiner
Economist Bryan Caplan notes that support for gun control — specifically, banning handguns or pistols — has decreased dramatically since the 1950s and 1960s. Back in 1959 Gallup reported that 60 percent of Americans favored banning possession of "pistols and revolvers," while now 74 percent oppose banning "the possession of handguns," except by police. Caplan seems puzzled by this substantial change in opinion but, it's likely explainable by two developments.
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Open-carry advocates see hope in Abbott proposal
The Texas Tribune
For years, supporters of open-carry gun laws have pleaded with lawmakers to allow Texans to bear their arms openly in public.

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Texas gun supporters divided on best approach to legalizing open carry
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In Texas, where toting guns is as second nature to some as wearing cowboy hats, there's a rare and growing divide over firearms.

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Texas A&M law prof says it's time to repeal Second Amendment
The Daily Caller
A full-time professor on the faculty of the newly minted Texas A&M University School of Law called for the repeal and replacement of the Second Amendment.

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Firearms Freedom Act ruling appealed by Montana gun advocates
The Huffington Post
Gun advocates are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling against a Montana state laws designed to buck federal gun rules. Earlier this year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's decision against the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act. The measure has since been passed in other pro-gun states.
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