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House set to vote on bill banning plastic guns amid 3D printing worries
Fox News
The House is expected to vote on renewing a 25-year-old law that bans the production of undetectable guns, in an age when new technology could open the door to at home production of plastic weapons. The law itself is set to expire on Dec. 9, and lawmakers are divided on whether to renew it. The measure to renew it, sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., would prohibit the manufacture of plastic weapons, which can't be detected when going through security at airports and other metal detectors. There has been growing concern over the emergence of 3D printing, which can now create some operable plastic guns and other weapons.
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Rising Texas gun sales add to ATF agents' workload
KFDA-TV
Federal agents tasked with slowing the flow of guns from Houston to Mexico say they're "looking for the needle in the haystack" as Texas continues a record pace for firearms purchases. The Houston division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the agency's largest. The Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston area has more than 1,600 licensed firearms dealers.
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Texas firearm homicide rate down at least 1/3 since 1996
Austin American Statesman
An online campaign video from Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, one of the Republican hopefuls in the 2014 lieutenant governor race, touts his record on defending Second Amendment rights. "I stood alone in passing the Texas concealed-handgun law over the doomsday predictions of blood in the streets, ‘Wild Wild West’ and shootouts at every four-way stop," Patterson says, "and of course none of that happened. Matter of fact, firearms homicides are down about 40 percent."
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The rut is winding down: Time to change tactics
Outdoor Life
Recent field reports offer plenty of evidence that the rut is winding down across most of whitetail country. Doe/fawn groups are reuniting and returning to common feeding and congregation areas. Food is once again becoming the focus and bucks are starting to cut does a little slack. Some bucks are even beginning to tolerate other bucks again. It's time to adopt post-rut hunting tactics.
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Whitetail vision: Shedding light on deer eyesight
Outdoor Hub
The general consensus years ago was that whitetails had super-vision — they could pick out the slightest movement at great distances and their eyes could bore a hole right through you. But they were color-blind. That's right, they lived in a world of black and white and shades of gray. These beliefs have been proven wrong. Research conducted at the University of Washington and the University of Georgia has revealed some remarkable things about deer vision. They dissected the eyes of deer and looked at them through high-powered microscopes. This revealed some very interesting findings about the differences between the eyes of predators and prey.
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PCP Ammo set to release limited production .308 polymer cased ammo
Outdoor Hub
After several years of engineering research, development, testing and production planning, PCP Ammunition is pleased to offer its .308 polymer cased ammunition to the commercial market. This is the first time in history that an ammunition manufacturer has offered high performance polymer cased rifle ammunition to the commercial market. Prior to this initial civilian release PCP Ammunition was recently awarded contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to deliver advanced lightweight polymer sub-sonic ammunition and an improved .50 caliber precision round.
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Texas Republican arrested for trying to bring gun on a plane
Burnt Orange Report
Republican State Rep. Drew Darby of San Angelo has no regard for the law, apparently. Earlier this month, he tried to bring a gun into a plane cabin with him, with ammo. Rep. Darby, a rabid voice against gun safety laws, went into police custody at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and a faces a felony charge. He is now out on bail.
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Plans for concealed carry group holstered
The Shorthorn
Students interested in forming a group to promote carrying concealed handguns at UTA is putting their activity on hold until the spring semester. The group held a meeting Nov. 13 to gauge and discuss student interest in forming a Students for Concealed Carry group. The group decided to delay plans because they lack a faculty adviser, and now students are focusing on final exams and projects.
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Texas firearm homicide rate down at least 1/3 since 1996
Austin American Statesman
An online campaign video from Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, one of the Republican hopefuls in the 2014 lieutenant governor race, touts his record on defending Second Amendment rights.

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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.

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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.

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Do Harris County grand juries favor police?
The Eagle: Texas
The scene was dramatic: An armed man confronts a police officer during a carjacking. The robber suddenly points his pistol at the officer, who shoots the suspect. Such portrayals of police shootings are displayed on a firearms training simulator as part of orientation that new grand jurors receive from the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Grand jurors, whose duties include reviewing police shootings, play the role of police officer in the simulations by using a modified gun to shoot a beam at the screen.
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