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As 2014 comes to a close, TSRA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and Happy Holiday Season! As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the TSRA Weekly NewsBrief a look at the most accessed articles from 2014. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 8.




1. A crash in ammunition prices is coming
Ammoland
From June 12: Handgun and rifle ammunition has been hard to find at times. .22 long rifle ammunition tripled in price over the last 18 months. People would line up to buy ammunition at prices two and three times the level that they were just two years ago. All of that is about to change — ammunition supply looks as though it is ready to catch up with demand.
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2. The 10 most underrated guns of our time
Shooting Times
From March 27: Some guns have earned a legion of loyal followers that are ready to come to blows if anyone badmouths their brand. This reputation is usually deserved, and many brand loyalists feel that nothing will ever be as good as the gun they hold close to their hearts. But for the more open-minded shooter, there are also a lot of firearms out there that haven’t gotten the press they deserve.
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3. Mere presence of gun prompts no-knock raid
WND
From Feb. 6: Texas law-enforcement officers conducted a no-knock raid as if a firearm in the home "could somehow load itself, disengage its own safety, open the door, and begin to fire at the police," according to a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorneys with William Olson P.C. and the the United States Justice Foundation submitted the friend-of-the-court brief this week in a case brought on behalf of John Quinn.
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4. Reporting self-defense with a gun to law enforcement
AmmoLand
From Feb. 13: This week's Law of Self Defense: Question of the Week comes from "Alliance Bean," who asks: "What's your opinion on reporting to law enforcement when drawing your weapon to fend off an attack without witnesses? Any downside?" This is a great question, one that I'm sure everyone who carries concealed has asked themselves at one point.
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5. DPS suspends use of new handgun over 'concerns'
The Texas Tribune
From April 24: The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed that it has stopped using its newest service firearm after "concerns" were reported by state trooper recruits who were the first to use the new Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm handgun. The Department is currently doing additional testing and evaluation on the Smith & Wesson M&P handgun," DPS spokesman Tom Vinger told The Texas Tribune in an emailed statement. "The DPS suspended plans to train with and issue the handgun to the current trooper trainee class, after minor concerns were raised when firearms training began during trooper training."
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6. Chance encounter with CHL holder saves Frisco woman from robber
WFAA-TV
From April 3: There is constant sound and motion at DART's Convention Center Station, and it's one of Kim Lanphere's regular stops. "I use DART 30-40 times a week," she said. "At most stations, I feel relatively safe, because there's light and people." But as of recently, her feeling of safety is gone. Dallas police say she passed 23-year-old Jamail Koroma on a sidewalk near the station.
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7. How to zero your AR-15 rifle
AmmoLand
From June 19: Bullet trajectory is almost as simple as dropping a brick, except the bullet flies forward where a brick just drops towards the ground. When you fire a bullet, there is no magical force that helps it defeat gravity. In fact, if you fire a bullet from your AR type rifle, perfectly parallel to the ground, the bullet you fire will end up hitting the ground at just about the same time as a bullet you let fall from your hand straight down.
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8. 3 questions to ask yourself before buying a concealed carry handgun
Gun Digest
From Jan. 30: Reader Susan G. asks: "I don't know anybody who shoots and the more articles I read about buying a gun the more confused I get. Help!" Susan you are not alone. Every day thousands of prudent Americans make a commitment to personal defense and decide to buy a gun. Here are three questions to ask yourself prior to going to the store that might help you narrow your search.
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9. Man wearing pro-gun T-shirt thrown out of Texas voting booth
InfoWars
From Feb. 27: Election officials ejected a Texas man from a voting booth because he was wearing a Second Amendment T-shirt. Chris Driskill was prevented from voting at the Waller County Courthouse after officials claimed he was violating Texas Election Code section 85.036, which states that "a person may not electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, or political party" in or within 100 feet of a voting location.
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10. Does the 4th Amendment apply to gun owners?
Mint Press News
From March 20: If someone owns a gun, is that enough for law enforcement to justify violating that person's Fourth Amendment rights with a no-knock raid? It's a question gun owners in Texas were hoping the U.S. Supreme Court would answer once and for all after Collin County police officers searched Texas resident John Quinn's home without knocking or announcing their entry. But recently the court declined.
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