TCHA Weekly Shot
Feb. 17, 2014

TCHA 17th Annual Convention coming to Kerrville in February
The Texas Concealed Handgun Association board of directors is proud to announce plans for the 17th Annual Conference, Feb. 28 to March 2 at the YO Ranch Resort. TCHA is continuing to offer education during the 17th Annual Conference. We will offer continuing education to instructors and noninstructors alike. This is the start of a program designed to improve the knowledge and skills of CHL holders. The goal of this program is to set a standard of excellence that may become the normal requirement within the CHL community. Several courses will be offered.More

Advocates believe new momentum for open carry law
Many gun rights activists say now, maybe more than ever before, they believe they have the momentum to pass an open carry law for handguns in Texas. More than 70 people with the group Open Carry Texas participated in an open carry walk recently in the Uptown neighborhood in Dallas.More

Feds take aim at decorated combat veteran's gun rights
Salem News
Pat Kirby answered his country's call to arms during the Vietnam War, serving multiple tours, suffering injuries, watching friends die. Today he has a letter from the VA telling him that because his wife takes care of their family finances, he is deemed "incompetent" and for this reason, he has to turn in his guns and relinquish his Second Amendment Rights, or face going to prison.More

Supreme Court ruling on Abramski could limit Obama's radical, gun-control aims
The Washington Times
The Supreme Court rarely takes up Second Amendment cases, so when it does, gun owners know their rights are in the cross hairs. The Abramski ruling will be key to determining how far President Barack Obama can push his gun-control agenda. Obama wants to expand background checks to include private transactions so that the government would know exactly who has a gun. That is not what the Founding Fathers intended.More

Hunter bill to create safe public shooting ranges passes House
East County Magazine
Recently, the House of Representatives passed legislation that includes the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, a bipartisan and deficit-neutral measure introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, Calif., to help states create and maintain public shooting ranges for hunters and sportsmen. The Training Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act was incorporated into H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Ac — which now awaits Senate consideration.More

Heathrow airport security confiscates mini gun from 'Toy Story' Woody doll
Fox News
Don't mess around with airport security when it comes to guns, even if it's a tiny toy gun. Security staff at Heathrow airport confiscated a miniature six-shooter from a Woody doll from "Toy Story" fame because they thought it was a terrorist risk. The doll's owner John Hazen snapped a picture of Woody's pat down as it was happening.More

Come And Take It America hits the Permian Basin
Odessa American
A group promoting gun rights is trying to get the word out and holding walks in an effort to educate the public on open carry laws. Come And Take It America held their first walk in Odessa Feb. 1 to help spread awareness about the right to openly carry firearms. During that first walk, that began on Grant and Fourth Streets and ended on Eighth Street, six members and four supporters attended carrying long rifles on their backs and pamphlets in hand. More

State makes it tough for businesses to prohibit firearms
Houston Chronicle
Conservative Texas lawmakers love to tout their pro-business credentials and their firm belief that too much government regulation is bad for business. We need fewer laws, they say, and less meddling in how companies see fit to run themselves. But ironically, legislators have used detail-laden regulation to stymie business owners' rights to prohibit guns on their premises.More

Court tosses California's concealed-weapons rules
The Burleson Star
A divided federal appeals court recently struck down California concealed-weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The 2-1 ruling of a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said California counties were wrong to require law-abiding applicants to show "good cause" beyond self-defense to receive a concealed-weapons permit.More