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Say What? 12-31-2011
NY Politicians: Oops
The Tennessee tourist arrested for bringing her home-state-registered handgun to the 9/11 Memorial has picked up some powerful allies in the capital-who plan to reassess the state's stringent gun-possession laws. Read more...
Opinion 12-30-2011
Promotions of Fast and Furious Officials "Inconceivable"
Texas Sen. John Cornyn described as "inconceivable" a Justice Department decision to promote key BATF personnel who oversaw the controversial "Fast and Furious" weapons investigation Read more...
Opinion 12-29-2011
A CHL Rookie's View
Tyler Kee: Over the next few months, I'll be checking in periodically to give you a firsthand view of my progression from unarmed neophyte to legally armed citizen. Read more...
News 12-29-2011
Texas Congressman Ted Poe: Response to Fast and Furious "Preposterous"
In an interview with TexasGOPVote, Ted Poe said he has only gotten angrier at Holder and the administration in the weeks following his panel's hearing on Fast and Furious. Read and view more...
Opinion 12-29-2011
Are CHLs A Menace To Society?
In any large population (e.g., 240,000) there will be at least a small percentage who over a period of time are found guilty of some crimes. This does not mean that that population as a whole is dangerous. Read more...
Opinion 12-29-2011
Kroger Case Puts Spin On No-Guns Rules
The actions of a store manager who shot and killed a would-be robber thrusts Kroger into an awkward and unenviable place-front and center in the midst of a polarizing public debate over whether guns belong in the workplace. Read more...
Opinion 12-29-2011
Reading Between the Lines: Police Fatalities
In 2011 68 law enforcement officers were shot to death. Blaming right-to-carry laws and adding restrictions on a constitutionally-protected civil right will not make the list shorter. Read more...
Opinion 12-27-2011
Emily Chooses a Gun
Emily Miller has fulfilled any requirements that can be done before giving Washington D.C. the serial number of her new gun, so it is time to decide what to buy. Read more...
News 12-27-2011
Rules Eased on Gun Sales to Noncitizens
The BATFE is relaxing restrictions on the sale of guns to noncitizens because Justice Department lawyers have concluded that the rules had no legal basis, officials said on Thursday. Read more...
News 12-27-2011
Concealed Carry History Graphic
NY Times: In the past 30 years, states across the country have made it easier for people to obtain permits to carry concealed guns. See more...
Alert 12-26-2011
Unprovoked Attacks At Heart Of 'Knockout King'
Matthew Quain still struggles to piece together what happened after a trip to the grocery store nearly turned deadly. The 51-year-old pizza kitchen worker was another victim of "Knockout King," a so-called game of unprovoked violence that targets random victims. Read more...
Say What? 12-25-2011
Obama Says He Won't Be Bound By Gun Control Ban
The Obama administration won't be bound by a gun control ban in the $1 trillion spending bill for 2012, the president said Friday. Read more...
News 12-25-2011
Congressional Christmas Gifts
H.R. 2055, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, passed the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and was sent to the President. It contains three NRA-backed provisions that will strengthen our Second Amendment rights. Read more...
News 12-25-2011
Man Shot by Bernhard Goetz Dies
Exactly 27 years to the day after Bernhard Goetz shot four young men threatening him in the NYC subway, one of them killed himself. Read more...
Opinion 12-24-2011
Happiness is a Warm Gun
"Sam, you're carrying?" "It's just a tool, Jan." See more... See more Day by Day
Say What? 12-23-2011
MAIG Mayor Pulls Gun
Mobile Mayor Sam Jones held an intruder at gunpoint Tuesday night until police arrived. According to CCRKBA's Alan Gottlieb Jones, a Democrat, is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Read more...
News 12-23-2011
11-Year-Old Defends Home
Alyssa Gutierrez, 11, took matters into her own hands Tuesday when police said three teenage burglars broke into her home. Read and see more...
News 12-23-2011
Second Amendment Origins
The American Revolutionary Era Origin of the Second Amendment's Clauses by David E. Young is now available online. Read more...
News 12-22-2011
Gun Accident Rates Fall Again
Data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2008, the number and per capita rate of firearm accident deaths fell to an all-time low. Read more...
Opinion 12-22-2011
Crime v Concealed Carry
Rob Vance generated a graph plotting Uniform Crime Reports statistics against the growth of less-restrictive firearm carry rights over the period of 1986 through 2011. Read more...
Alert 12-20-2011
NRA Youth Education Summit
Forty-five outstanding current high school sophomores and juniors from across the United States are chosen each year to travel to the nation's capital, where they participate in the weeklong educational opportunity. Read more...
Opinion 12-20-2011
I Am the Gun Lobby
Jeff Knox: Let me make something perfectly clear: The NRA is not the Gun Lobby. Neither is the NSSF, nor the GOA, nor even The Firearms Coalition, nor the hundreds of grassroots and activist organizations or the thousands of local gun clubs. I am the Gun Lobby. Read more...
Say What? 12-20-2011
Gun = Call SWAT
Putting an anti-theft club on a steering wheel caused havoc for one Winnipeg family, when someone mistook the device for a shotgun and called police. Read more...
Opinion 12-19-2011
2011 in Review
Some of the top stories we brought you in the NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert in 2011. Read more...
News 12-19-2011
SA Suburb Considering Anti-Gun Law
TSRA: This Monday, December 19th, the city of Shavano Park, near San Antonio, will reconsider the passage of an ordinance dealing with the discharge of a firearm within the city. Read more...
News 12-19-2011
2011 Crime Statistics
Statistics released today in the FBI's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report indicate that the number of violent crimes reported in the first six months of 2011 declined 6.4 percent. Read more...
News 12-19-2011
CHL Applications Swamp Wisconsin
In less than six weeks, 56,000 people applied for a permit under Wisconsin's new concealed carry law and thousands more bought handguns, swamping the state agency handling the required background checks. Read more...
Opinion 12-16-2011
GOP Candidates and Their Guns
The Daily Caller asked each of the remaining Republicans what guns they own and to name their favorite. Read more...
Say What? 12-16-2011
Slain Officer = Stop Concealed Carry
The Manhattan District Attorney spoke out against a proposal that would require New York to adopt conceal and carry laws-invoking the name of Officer Peter Figoski who died "at the hands of an illegal gun" this week. Read more...
News 12-16-2011
Brian Terry Memorial Passes the U.S. House
U.S. Representative Darrell Issa: "The overwhelming support with which the Brian A. Terry Memorial Act passed the House of Representatives is a tribute to Agent Terry's life of service and to the Border Patrol's distinguished history of protecting America's homeland. Read more...
Opinion 12-15-2011
It's Bill of Rights Day
Today is Bill of Rights Day. So it's an appropriate time to consider the state of our constitutional safeguards. Read more...
Opinion 12-15-2011
U.N. Arms Treaty Concerns
Heritage Foundation: While the treaty is not yet complete, analysis of the current draft demonstrates that there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about its potential domestic effects. Read more...
News 12-15-2011
Statue of Liberty Glock
The "Glock Statue of Liberty Gun" features an intricate, hand-engraved tribute to the United States and the Statue of Liberty, recognizing Glock's 25th Anniversary in the United States, which coincides with the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Read more... See more...
News 12-14-2011
Wolves Kill Alaska Teacher
At least two wolves chased down and killed a teacher who was jogging on a road last year outside a rural Alaska village. Read more...
News 12-14-2011
Adopt a Gun
PRKArms airs innovative gun ads that spoof abandoned puppy and male enhancement commercials; and they work. Read more...
News 12-12-2011
National Survey: Shooting Sports Good
About a tenth of Americans hunt, the report says, but a whopping 95 percent said it is, "... OK for other people to hunt if they do so legally and in accordance with hunting laws and regulations." Read more...
Opinion 12-12-2011
U.N. Predictions
We predict that a global Arms Trade Treaty will come into force late this year. So, what might an ATT look like? Read more...
Opinion 12-12-2011
Dramatic Shift in Attitudes About Guns
The surge in gun ownership has been propelled by shifting politics and demographics that have made it easier and more acceptable than at any time in 75 years for Americans to buy and carry pistols. Read more...
Say What? 12-12-2011
Self-Defense = Execution
Responding to those whose only solution to violence on campus is to arm themselves with concealed handguns, Colin Goddard said, "Shame on those unwilling to be their brothers' keeper, but being all too eager to be his executioners." Read more...
Say What? 12-12-2011
Stop Driveby Shootings: Ban Motorcycle Passengers
The Honduran Congress has voted to ban motorcyclists from riding with passengers in a bid to curb a spate of drive-by killings. Read more...
Opinion 12-9-2011
D.C. May Budge on Gun Laws
The spotlight on the District's effort to dissuade law-abiding residents from purchasing handguns is making some on the D.C. Council uncomfortable. Read more...
Say What? 12-9-2011
Fast and Furious NRA's Fault
Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson accused the tea party movement and the National Rifle Association of creating a "manufactured" controversy over Operation Fast and Furious Thursday. Read more...
Alert 12-8-2011
Lone Star Shoot Aids Veterans
On Friday December 30th from 2 to 5 pm, any current Firearms Instructor (CHL, NRA, TCLEOSE, LE, GOVT) will compete for bragging rights in the first annual instructor charity shoot off. Read more...
News 12-8-2011
Another VA Tech Shooting
A gunman killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop Thursday on the campus of Virginia Tech, the school said, and students and faculty were told to stay inside university buildings as police searched for the suspect. Read more...
Opinion 12-8-2011
Sen Cornyn Responds
U.S. Senator John Cornyn responded to reports that ATF officials used the botched 'Fast and Furious' operation to argue for stricter regulations on firearms dealers. "If these reports are true, even by Washington standards this reaches a new level of arrogance and corruption." Read more...
News 12-8-2011
U.S. Arms Mexican Cartels
The U.S. has approved the sale of more guns to Mexico in recent years than ever before through a program called "direct commercial sales." Read more...
Opinion 12-8-2011
Somebody Picked the Wrong Diner
R. Lee Ermey in hilarious Glock ad. See more...
News 12-7-2011
NRA Joins ACLU in Legal Case
NRA joins ACLU in urging SCOTUS to let victims of an unconstitutional gun search sue cops. Read more...
News 12-5-2011
NRA University
NRA U is a two-hour training seminar for college students interested in learning more about NRA, the Second Amendment, gun safety, legislative threats to gun rights and the gun control debate. Read more...
Say What? 12-5-2011
Taser v. Firearm
Two officers who used a Taser to try and stop a man sustained minor injuries and will be off work one to 3 days. When the suspect burst into a home the homeowner shot him in the stomach, stopping him. Read more...
Say What? 12-4-2011
MySanAntonio.com: No on National Reciprocity
The decision to do so along with the requirements for concealed-carry licensing are best left to the individual states, not to busybodies in Congress. Read more...
Opinion 12-4-2011
Will You Get Caught Sleeping?
Dave Kopel: "Can we finally take a breather in the culture war against our rights? Gun banners are certainly hoping we do." Read more...
News 12-4-2011
Illinois Guns-Up Black Friday
As Illinois shoppers fanned out to malls and stores to search for that special holiday gift, for a record number of people, that purchase was a Glock, Smith and Wesson or some other gun. The number of Illinois residents who applied for firearm owner identification cards-or FOID cards-on Black Friday was an all-time high. View and read more...
News 12-2-2011
New NICS Record Set
November 25, 2011, Black Friday, had the most background checks for firearm purchases in a single day (129,166) with a 32 percent increase over the previous NICS high. Read more...
Say What? 12-2-2011
Gun Nuts in a Rut
When it became clear in the early fall of 2008 that Barack Obama, son of a Kansan and a Kenyan, would be the 44th President of the United States, many citizens rushed to their gun shops, stocked up on ammo and camo, and tried to fortify their nests with all manner of lethal weapons. Read more...
Alert 12-1-2011
Get Gun Facts
Gun Facts is a free e-book by Guy Smith that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment. Read more...
News 11-30-2011
These Students Understand
As part of a team project for an English class, University of Kentucky freshman Aaron Elam and his team submitted a video arguing for concealed carry on campus. See more...
Say What? 11-30-2011
Al Sharpton: OMG Santa + Guns
Al Sharpton on MSNBC about taking pictures with Santa and guns in Arizona. Video follows ad. See more...
Say What? 11-29-2011
Gun Bling
Peter Thum, CEO and co-founder of Fonderie 47 helps fund the removal of illegal assault rifles in Africa-in part by selling high-end, custom jewelry made from AK-47s. Read more...
News 11-29-2011
Going Postal
A federal judge in Denver has allowed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Postal Service's ban on guns in post offices to go forward. Read more...
Alert 11-23-2011
Holiday Gun Deals
No Lawyers-Only Guns and Money blog posts all the Black Friday (or earlier) sales that are gun, knife, tactical, or outdoor related that they can find. Read more...
News 11-23-2011
U.S. Sells Guns to Mexico
The U.S. Department of State and the Defense Department may be the premier suppliers of weaponry to Mexican drug cartels-not the US civilian. Read more...
News 11-23-2011
Gov. Perry: Holder Should Resign
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over his handling of the botched gun-trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. Read more...
Newsletter 11-20-2011
Fourth Quarter Concealed Handgun
Conference registration, Mike Arnold on reciprocity, Chris Bird GRPC Report, A Victim No More, Short Classes, Bulldog's Corner, and more....
News 11-20-2011
There's an App for CHL
Concealed Handgun License State Reciprocity List for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is a thorough pocket reference to help you figure out which states honor your CHL or CCW permit. Read more...
News 11-19-2011
Truckers for Concealed Carry
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has been supportive of efforts like HR822, which would require states that "currently permit people to carry concealed firearms to recognize other states' valid concealed carry permits." Read more...
News 11-19-2011
Father Shoots His Daughter's Kidnappers
"Hendricks was still holding on to the girl, saying he would kill her," (Harris County Sheriff's Spoksperson) Garza said. The father then fired a second time, wounding Hendricks in the abdomen. Read more...
News 11-17-2011
Texas Representative Supports Reciprocity
Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee and managed the debate on the House floor, urged his colleagues to support the bill. Read more...
News 11-17-2011
Public Lands Controversy
Dave Workman: "Allegations that the Obama administration is quietly pushing shooters off of public lands may be a tempest in a teapot half full of a sugary soft drink." Read more...
Say What? 11-17-2011
MAIG Hates on Reciprocity
Ten months after a disturbed man carried a concealed weapon to shoot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, six fatally, the House voted today to gut state laws on who can carry concealed, loaded guns in public. Read more...
News 11-17-2011
National Reciprocity Passes House
Shall Not Be Questioned blogs the House debate on HR 822, which ends with Yea: 272, Nay: 154. No dangerous amendments. Texas Representative Lamar Smith leads the charge. Read more...
News 11-16-2011
Alice on National Reciprocity
Alice Tripp: Contrary to email alerts from the usual group of nay-sayers, HR 822 dealing with National Reciprocity for those with a state-issued concealed handgun license is a very good bill. Read more...
News 11-16-2011
The Range Idiot Song
Everyone knows "that guy" at the range. Don't be that guy. View more...
News 11-16-2011
Eleven Million Meals
A new study reveals that last year 11 million meals were provided to the less fortunate through donations of venison by hunters. Read more...
News 11-16-2011
Shooters Pushed Off Public Lands
Gun owners who have historically been able to use public lands for target practice would be barred from potentially millions of acres under new rules drafted by the Interior Department. Read more...
News 11-13-2011
National Reciprocity Showdown Looms
Dave Workman: Next Tuesday, Nov. 15, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on legislation that would require all states to honor CHLs. Read more...
News 11-13-2011
Stopping Gun Traffic Impossible
President Obama quoted: "It is impossible to stop all arms traffic from north to south." Read more...
Say What? 11-11-2011
OMG! Playmobil Has Guns!
Devon Corneal: "Ever have a day that starts out fine but then, through some unexpected event, ends with you on an anti-gun, anti-corporate rant?" Read more...
News 11-11-2011
Taking Brady Campaign to the Woodshed
U. S. Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois: "In your response to my recent letter, you have once again drawn false and illogical conclusions from my statements." Read more...
News 11-10-2011
U.S. House to Vote On National Reciprocity
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill next week that would require states to accept concealed weapons permits issued in other states. Read more...
Say What? 11-10-2011
Dead Mayor Writes Congress
Freeland Borough, PA's Mayor Tim Martin died from cancer on September 2, 2010. Since then has signed his name to at least two advertisements, three letters to Congress, and one letter to the President sent by Michael Bloomberg's office. Read more...
News 11-10-2011
Slain Agent's Family Rips Holder
The family of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has come down hard on Attorney General Eric Holder after he declined to apologize to them during Senate testimony this week. Read more...
News 11-9-2011
Commissioner Authorizes Concealed Carry
Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman has proposed a policy change that will allow RRC employees with CHLs to carry firearms while they are conducting commission business. Read more...
News 11-8-2011
Track Federal Legislation
NSSF has launched a new webpage that tracks all industry-relevant federal legislation, in both the U.S. Senate and House, sorted in chronological order. Read more...
News 11-8-2011
Instructor Changes His Mind
A state investigation into a Mason concealed-handgun instructor who advertised that he would not teach the state-sanctioned class to non-Christians, "socialist liberals" or people who voted for President Obama has ended after the instructor agreed not to discriminate. Read more...
News 11-8-2011
Cornyn Presses Holder
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, worried that Operation Fast and Furious could have affected Texas, pressed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday about the scope of the program. Read more...
Say What? 11-7-2011
Get Rid Of Second Amendment
MSNBC analyst and soon-to-be daytime show host Alex Wagner is asked what she thinks needs to be removed in the Constitution. Wagner says the second Amendment since it doesn't seem to be fit in with the others. Read and watch more...
Say What? 11-7-2011
Unlicensed Air Guns
English antiques firearms collector Karl Blennerhassett was jailed for two years after he was found to have four air rifles and ammunition without the correct licenses. Read more...
News 11-7-2011
20,000 and Counting
The Wisconsin Department of Justice received 20,476 concealed carry applications between the law taking effect Tuesday and 4 p.m. Friday. Read more...
News 11-4-2011
Shooting Groups Recognized
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers recognized three shooting organizations, Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, and National Shooting Sports Foundation at NASGW's 2011 awards dinner. Read more...
News 11-4-2011
El Paso Sheriff Unwittingly Aided Fast and Furious
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is among local law enforcement agencies that were asked to assist with the controversial Operation Fast and Furious. Read more...
Alert 11-3-2011
NRA Defends National Reciprocity
NRA video sets record straight on national right-to-carry bill. Watch more...
News 11-3-2011
New Gun Arguments Book
SAF: Shooting Blanks should be mandatory reading for any firearms enthusiast. In the course of thirteen hard-hitting chapters, authors Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman demolish anti-gun myths, misinterpretations, and outright falsehoods. Read more...
News 11-2-2011
Ammo Shortage? Not
Ammo prices and selection are lower than they've been in three years, because all sorts of new competitors have jumped into the market. Read more...
News 11-1-2011
Wisconsin Goes Shall-Issue
Tuesday is the first day Wisconsin residents can apply for concealed carry permits. DOJ spokeswoman Dana Brueck says people downloaded about 83,000 application forms from DOJ's website between midnight and 9 a.m. Read more...
Say What? 11-1-2011
Slideshow: 10 Women Who Shoot
The DC offers "Girls and guns: Ten sexy sharp shooters." They skipped Kim Rhode and Sherri Gallagher. Way lame. See more...
Say What? 11-1-2011
What Caused Fast & Furious?
Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that lax gun control laws, not Obama administration malfeasance within the BATF, was the real problem uncovered by Operation Fast and Furious. Read more...
News 11-1-2011
Women Should Get CHLs
South Carolina Sheriff Chuck Wright: Women should carry a .45, not Mace. He shows reporters a fanny pack women could use while jogging. Read more...
Alert 10-28-2011
Wisconsin Recognizes Texas CHL
The Wisconsin Department of Justice included Texas on their list of acceptable CHLs. Effective November 1, 2011, we can now carry in 34 states. Read more...
News 10-28-2011
U.S. House Panel Clears Carry Bill
The House Judiciary Committee passed U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns' National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity bill 19-11. It already has enough support to pass the House. Read more...
News 10-28-2011
73% Oppose U.S. Handgun Ban
Gallup poll: A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people. Read more...
Say What? 10-28-2011
English Homes Can Be Defended
In an historic move, England's Justice Secretary Ken Clarke yesterday announced a major strengthening of the rights of victims standing up to intruders in their property. Read more...
News 10-28-2011
Cornyn Amendment Shuts Down "Fast & Furious"
Video: Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn introduces amendment to bar funds for gun-tracking operations. Read more...
News 10-3-2011
Go Out With a Bang
For a fee, Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell, two Alabama game wardens, will turn your cremated ashes into ammunition that your loved ones can pull the trigger on. Visit Holy Smoke. Read more...
News 10-3-2011
Gun Rights Policy Conference Videos
Gun Rights Radio Network streamed over 13 hours of video over the two days of the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago. It's available for anyone who would like to watch. Read more...
News 10-3-2011
Can DOJ Eliminate ATF?
Various blogs over the past few days have been reporting plans by the Department of Justice to eliminate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. David Codrea points out that federal appropriations language would make Congressional approval necessary. Read more...
News 10-3-2011
Fast and Furious Under the Rug?
Responding to yesterday's Los Angeles Times report that AK-47 assault rifles were trafficked to El Paso, Texas' U.S. Senator John Cornyn suggested that the White House is trying to hide the skeletons in its closet with an election looming next year. Read more...
News 9-28-2011
Chicks With Guns
An estimated 15 million to 20 million women in the United States own their own firearms. Dozens of those heat-packing women are documented in "Chicks with Guns," a new book by photographer Lindsay McCrum that is sure to challenge almost anyone's assumptions about gun ownership. Read more...
Alert 9-28-2011
Is Your Range Listed?
The National Shooting Sports Foundation today launched a newly redesigned WhereToShoot.org, Read more...
Say What? 9-28-2011
Use Pot = No Guns
Dave Workman: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has opened a new can of worms with a Sept. 21 letter to Federal Firearms Licensees explaining that medical marijuana users are prohibited from buying or even possessing firearms or ammunition. Read more...
Alert 9-28-2011
Wisconsin Reciprocity
According to a Wisconsin FAQ: Their Department of Justice is required to establish, by rule, a list of state CHLs they will accept. Licensees may begin carrying concealed as soon as WIDOJ posts the list online on November 1, 2011. Read more...
News 9-26-2011
Congress Tries to Reopen Ranges
Sen. Mark Udall introduced SB1249, known as the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. It would fund expanding or constructing shooting ranges on federal or nonfederal land. Read more...
Say What? 9-26-2011
Barcode Bullets?
Yvonne Carrington Payne and Carolyn Funches want bar codes on bullets as a way of tracking killers and reducing gun violence. Read more...
News 9-26-2011
National RTC Critics Mistaken
According to the NRA: Despite what a handful of "pro-gun" activists say, the bill would not create a federal licensing system, nor would it establish a minimum federal standard for the carry permit. Read more...
Newsletter 9-24-2011
September Concealed Handgun
Conference registration info, the CHL in Tucson, snub-nosed revolver and knife classes, mob violence, the parking lot bill, and more....
Say What? 9-22-2011
PETA.XXX
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, planning to launch a pornography website in the name of animal rights, said it hopes to raise awareness of veganism through a mix of pornography and graphic footage of animal suffering. Read more...
News 9-22-2011
Crime Drops Again
Violent crime nationwide dropped 6 percent in 2010, declining for the fourth straight year, while property crimes also were down for the eighth consecutive year, falling 2.7 percent, the FBI announced Monday. Read more...
News 9-22-2011
New Orleans Home Invasions
After a string of home invasions across the New Orleans metro area homeowners are stepping up their personal security, in some cases buying guns, to protect their families and homes. Read more...
News 9-22-2011
Corps Carry
U.S. Senators Jim Webb and John Boozman have introduced legislation to make gun regulations consistent across all federal recreational lands by bringing Army Corps of Engineers rules in line with other federal agencies. Read more...
Say What? 9-20-2011
Security Officer Loses Gun
A private security officer drove to 14 Salem-Keizer schools in South Salem as part of his usual routine Thursday night, then noticed his Glock 17 was missing. Read more...
News 9-19-2011
First Ever 2A Law Text
Very early in 2012 Aspen Publishers will publish Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy, the first law school textbook on the Second Amendment. Co-authors are Nicholas Johnson, Michael O'Shea, George Mocsary, and David Kopel. Read more...
News 9-14-2011
Kopel Lays Out Case for National Reciprocity
David Kopel testifies before a U.S. House subcommittee regarding interstate recognition of handgun carry permits. Read more...
News 9-14-2011
New Hampshire Overrides Veto on Self-Defense Bill
In a surprise move the NH House voted to override Governor John Lynch's veto of a right-to-self-defense bill. Since the Senate has already voted to override, SB 88 is now law and will go into effect in sixty days. Read more...
Say What? 9-10-2011
National Reciprocity Will End Right to Protect Citizens
If the gun lobby gets their way, New York will no longer be able to make its own decisions about who can legally carry a hidden gun. Read more...
Alert 9-10-2011
National Reciprocity Hearing Set
A hearing on H.R. 822, the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011" is set for Tuesday 9/13/2011 at10:00 a.m. in the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. Contact your Federal Congressional Representative. Read more...
News 9-10-2011
Rick Perry Favors Gun Control
In a Town Hall video presidential candidate Rick Perry says he supports gun control. "Use both hands." See more...
News 9-9-2011
Bastrop State Park Charred
At Bastrop State Park, all but 100 acres of the 6,000-acre park were charred. Read more...
Alert 9-9-2011
Wildfires Burn Out TSRA Members
TSRA has established a Member Relief Fund for wildfire victims. Fellow members can contribute and provide much needed supplies and support. Read more...
News 9-9-2011
Shooting Sports Top Character Builder
When asked, 4-H kids said that of all the activities available to them, shooting sports is the biggest character builder, according to Luis Saldana, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service 4-H leader. Read more...
News 9-7-2011
Active Killing at IHOP
A lone active killer opened fire in a Carson City, Nevada IHOP, leaving four dead and seven injured. The shooter also killed himself. The dead included three Nevada National Guard members. Read more...
Say What? 9-7-2011
Buffalo Toy Gun Tradeback
Leonard Lane, president of Fathers Armed Together to Help, Educate, Restore and Save. "We want to put that fear (of guns) back into our children, teaching them what guns can do, how they affect their community." Read more...
News 9-6-2011
New CHL-100 Forms
Larry Arnold: Instructors who have renewed online should be receiving their 2012-2013 certificates. Download them.
News 9-5-2011
Cooking Up A Collective Right
Dave Kopel: How a mythical monster nearly swallowed the Second Amendment whole. Read more...
News 9-5-2011
DPS "New Laws" Press Release
According to DPS: "Employers may not prohibit employees with a concealed handgun license from having firearms or ammunition in their personal cars in the employer's parking lot." Read more...
News 9-5-2011
Project Gunrunner-Indiana Version
Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea: The Indiana gun dealer was sent a "demand letter," based on the number of traces to him, which was retracted after his attorney pointed out they resulted from his cooperation with ATF. Read more...
News 9-2-2011
No Shooting for Instructors
According to Alice Tripp CHL instructors will not have to pass a practical this year. DPS will have more info out shortly. Read more...
Alert 9-2-2011
Alice Looking for Parking Lot Info
Alice Tripp: "If you work for a Texas company and recently received information from your employer regarding your right to have a firearm in your vehicle while parked in your employer's parking lot, I'd like to know. I'd also like to see the document." Read more...
News 9-2-2011
California Gun Testing
A decade ago California mandated virtually any handgun model sold in the state must be tested by an Independent Handgun Test Laboratory before being marketed. This is the story of one of those laboratories. Read more...
News 9-1-2011
Aerial Combat and Feral Hogs
"Pork choppers," Texas' newest weapon in the war on feral hogs, will take to the skies Thursday when it becomes legal for hunters to buy seats on hog-hunting helicopters. Read more...
Legislature 9-1-2011
Four New Laws In Effect Today
Check out HB 25 carry in watercraft, HB 2127 municipal shooting regulation, SB 321 parking lot storage, and SB 766 shooting range protection. Read more...
News 9-1-2011
NM Governor Gets Perfect Score on CHL Test
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez may have a security detail, but she still carries her own gun. And she apparently knows just how to use it. Read more...
News 8-30-2011
Hawaii Sued Over CHL Laws
Hawaii Defense Foundation president Christopher Baker filed a lawsuit against Hawaii's restrictive gun laws. Read more...
News 8-30-2011
Brought a Hammer to a Gunfight
A man tried to hold up a gas station in San Antonio Sunday night with a hammer disguised as a gun. He didn't count on a customer having a real gun and shooting him in the buttocks. Read more...
Say What? 8-29-2011
Gun Makers Shouldn't Flee Anti-gun States
According to the Boston Globe: While firearms manufacturers have a right to lobby against microstamping legislation, it is inappropriate to wield the jobs of hundreds of workers as a weapon by threatening to move out of state. Read more...
News 8-27-2011
Parking Lot Bill Author Explains
State Senator Glenn Hegar's SB 321 prevents most employers from adopting policies that deny Second Amendment protections to their employees who wish to store legally owned firearms in their locked vehicles while at work. Read more...
News 8-27-2011
Wolf Hunts to Proceed
Conservation groups can't convince the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an injunction against upcoming wolf hunts in the Northern Rockies. Read more...
News 8-27-2011
London Olympic Shooting Ban Reversed
London 2012 Olympic Games organisers have reversed a decision that would have prevented schoolchildren from receiving free tickets to the Olympic shooting competitions. Read more...
Say What? 8-25-2011
Defend Your Kids-Go To Jail
Jeremy Hill's kids were playing outside when three bears wandered into the yard. Hill killed one of the bears and the other two ran away. Federal agents charged him with killing the grizzly, a threatened species. Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter backs the many protestors. Read more...
Alert 8-24-2011
Board Meeting Rescheduled
Due to room availability at the Stagecoach Inn in Salado, the next TCHA Board Meeting has been moved to one week later, from Saturday, October 22, 2011 to Saturday, October 29, 2011. Contact us if you are interested in attending. It's your association.
News 8-24-2011
9/11 Brought Changes to Skyscrapers
At Chicago's Willis Tower, like other skyscrapers around the country, much has changed since two hijacked jets slammed into the World Trade Center. Read more...
News 8-24-2011
CHLs and Gun Sales Continue Rising
More women are getting gun carry permits in the state of Tennessee. Statewide NICS checks have increased every year since 2002. Nationally, FBI background checks for gun sales are up. Read more...
News 8-24-2011
Ten-Ring Precision Files Lawsuit
Alex Hamilton of San Antonio-based Ten-Ring Precision, Inc. is the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the ATF to keep them from enforcing their additional reporting requirements on multiple long gun sales. Read more...
Say What? 8-23-2011
London Children Banned From Olympic Shooting Events
Children will be banned from watching shooting events under London Mayor Boris Johnson's Olympic ticket giveaway. A source said: "It's the only sport children will not be able to go to as part of the Ticketshare's 125,000 free tickets." Read more...
Say What? 8-23-2011
Stop Shootin' Inc. holds toy gun exchange
Anti-gun group swaps "violent" toy guns for "non-violent" prizes like hockey sticks and pucks. What could go wrong? Read more...
Say What? 8-22-2011
Oakland Effect: What would you be willing to pay to reduce gun violence?
Anti-gun reporter Scott Johnson speaks to Phil Cook, a professor of public policy at Duke University, and asked him how we should understand the dynamics that the threat of violence imposes upon us. Read more...
News 8-22-2011
In defense of women and guns
Joshunda Sanders of the Austin American-Statesman gives a black woman's view of why "black women are the fastest-growing group of women being issued licenses for concealed handguns in the state." Read more...
Say What? 8-19-2011
Could President Perry Carry?
David Kopel: Chris Moody attempts to analyze the issue for The Ticket. The analysis could have been improved by reading the laws of the District of Columbia. Read more...
News 8-19-2011
Gun Businesses Cater to Women
Shooting ranges and shops selling firearms are seeing more female customers than ever before, and that has them changing the way they do business. Read more...
News 8-19-2011
Germany Considers Arming Merchant Ships
Germany may soon authorize shipping companies to hire private armed guards to defend vessels from Somali pirates. Read more...
News 8-19-2011
Guns on the Radio
Gun Radio, NBC 1260 at 96.1 FM in Phoenix: "We are the only gun oriented morning drive radio in The Universe! (that we know of)" Gun Talk with Tom Gresham and War on Guns with David Codrea. Read more...
News 8-18-2011
Cornyn Rips BATF Promotions
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on Tuesday described as "inconceivable" a Justice Department decision to promote key BATF personnel who oversaw the controversial "Fast and Furious" program. Read more...
News 8-18-2011
Gun-Free Zone Horrors
Two women, victims of gun violence in gun-free zones, opened the Aug. 6 National Self-Defense Conference in Washington organized by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus and the Second Amendment Foundation. Read more...
News 8-17-2011
Starbucks CEO Just Says No to Politicians
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who stood behind California gun owners, has had it with Washington, D.C., and is calling for a boycott on campaign contributions. Read more...
News 8-17-2011
Gun Law Change
Under a new law that takes effect Sept. 1, most employers will not be able to prohibit workers who legally own guns and ammunition from storing them in their vehicles on a company parking lot. Read more...
News 8-17-2011
Gun control: Misfire
"I don't know if there's anything disproven by those numbers," says Virginia state Sen. Donald McEachin, a gun-control advocate who is evidently hoping to become the poster child for confirmation bias. Read more...
News 8-17-2011
Britain's Criminal Utopia
Chris Cox: If you want to see what a disarmed society looks like, look no further than England. Read more...
News 8-15-2011
Wisconsin CHL Class Beats Super Bowl Champs
Hergert Sports Center scheduled a CHL class on Sept. 8, to miss the opening weekend of NFL action. It turns out the Green Bay Packers will play the New Orleans Saints at the same time as the training class. Nonetheless, the class filled to its 100-person capacity within two weeks. Read more...
News 8-15-2011
Manhunt tests Va. Tech safety plans
A report of an armed man at Virginia Tech set off an all-day manhunt August 4, and used every emergency system the school put in place since the 2007 shooting. It only took 26 minutes to notify students. Read more...
News 8-15-2011
Gun Crime Down in VA Bars
The number of major crimes involving firearms at bars and restaurants declined 5.2 percent from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, compared with the year before the restaurant carry law went into effect. Read more...
News 8-14-2011
British Vigilantes
Following riots, fires and looting in the north London town of Enfield, last night a group of up to 300 local men patrolled the streets in an attempt to 'reclaim them'. Read more...
News 8-14-2011
Berlin Wall 50th Anniversary
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the erection of the Berlin Wall. Ilya Somin blogged on the significance of its rise and fall. Read more...
Say What? 8-14-2011
FEMA's "Active Shooter" Class
"This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation." Of course it presumes a "gun free" environment. Read more...
News 8-14-2011
New NRA Legal Newsletter
NRA-ILA is pleased to announce a new online newsletter, the NRA-ILA Legal Update, to give NRA members and gun owners the latest information on Second Amendment cases. Read more...
News 8-12-2011
Sen. Cornyn Demands Answers
In a letter Thursday Sen. John Cornyn told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that his Texas constituents deserved "a full accounting" of Fast and Furious. Read more...
Say What? 8-11-2011
London Cops Run From Rioters
"The police will protect you." Right. Is the U.S. prepared? Read more...
News 8-11-2011
Rob Leatham U-Tube Training
Action Target has recently released the first of five training videos on YouTube featuring world champion shooter Rob Leatham. Read more...
News 8-11-2011
Glock Donates to SA Foundation
Glock, Inc. has donated and pledged significant financial support to SAF's on-going litigation efforts in defense of firearms civil rights. Read more...
News 8-11-2011
London Ablaze
With London succumbing to looters and muggers, it's time to ask what happened to the once-manly English people. Read more...
News 8-11-2011
Guns, Laws, and Panic
Reason.tv: Guns, Laws, and Panics - How Fear, Not Fact, Informs the Gun Rights Debate. Video.
News 8-11-2011
Congress Backs NRA
Federal lawmakers are backing NRA supported lawsuits against the BATFE following the introduction of new gun registration requirements in several border states. Read more...
Say What? 8-10-2011
The Benefits of Gun Control
Sales of baseball bats and batons have shot up more than 5,000 percent in the last 24 hours on Amazon's British website, as London suffered its worst violent unrest in decades. Read more...
News 8-10-2011
Freer Enterprise
States like Idaho, Alabama and Montana are gunning for the firearms industry's high-paying jobs with the argument that gun makers would be happier and more successful among citizens who regularly use firearms than they would be remaining in states trying to limit gun rights. Read more...
News 8-10-2011
CHL Playmate Arrested
A Playboy playmate was charged with firearm offenses after attempting to board a plane in Florida with a loaded handgun in her bag. Read more...
Say What? 8-10-2011
Use a Good Holster!
Joshua Seto tried securing his fiancee's pink handgun in the front waistband of his pants. The gun fired, striking Seto's penis and continuing through his left thigh. Read more...
News 8-9-2011
Illinois Cops Support Concealed Carry
The Illinois Legislature may still be divided on allowing residents to carry concealed weapons, but Fox Valley police chiefs and sheriffs are much less split. Read more...
Alert 8-9-2011
Board Meeting Reminder
From Larry Feille: The next Board Meeting, combined with our next Long Range Planning session, will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21, at the Stagecoach Inn, in Salado Texas. Read more...
Alert 8-6-2011
Campus Carry Forum on C-SPAN
If you can't be at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Monday August 8th you can still watch live on C-SPAN 3 at Noon Eastern Time. Read more...
News 8-6-2011
Rifle Golf
David Kopel: If you're interested in long distance rifle shooting, (150-1250 yards) or in hunting with a rifle, I highly recommend that you check out the Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf facility, in Utah. Read more...
News 8-6-2011
Law-abiding gun owners no source of fear
It was going to be a bloodbath. Disputes at soccer games were going to turn into shootouts. Michigan was going to turn into the Wild West-or worse. Read more...
News 8-6-2011
NRA on ATF Gun Regulations
Wayne LaPierre of the NRA Fires Back at the ATF and the Department of Justice. (Video) Read more...
News 8-4-2011
Gun Excise Taxes Up 8%
The first quarter, 2011 Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection report indicates that manufacturers reported tax liabilities are up 8.2 percent over the same period last year. People are buying more guns and ammo. Read more...
News 8-4-2011
Gun Groups Sue Over New Regs
Gun industry representatives said they would file lawsuits Wednesday challenging new gun-control measures by the Obama administration, an effort the nation's top lawyer vowed to "vigorously oppose." Read more...
News 8-3-2011
New White House plan to fight violent extremism
Local communities, not Washington, are best suited to counter violent extremism, according to a new national strategy the Obama administration took more than a year to produce. Read more...
Say What? 8-3-2011
A Fast And Furious Assault On Private Gun Sales
Larry Bell of Forbes: "The Obama administration lost no time determining where to place primary blame for border violence...asserting that many of those firearms came from gun shops that line our border." Read more...
News 8-3-2011
NRA Sues Over Border Gun Rules
The National Rifle Association on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging a new federal regulation requiring gun merchants along the border with Mexico to report bulk sales of certain semiautos. Read more...
News 8-1-2011
"Why were we gun-shy?"
Ten years after Michigan made it much easier for its citizens to get a license to carry a concealed gun, predictions of widespread lawless behavior and bloodshed have failed to materialize. Read more...
News 7-22-2011
Imaginary Gun Stops Assault
Jimmy LaSalvia: None of the attackers said, "There's a law against antigay hate crimes!" That wasn't the deterrent. It was the possibility that I might have had a gun that saved my life Friday night. Read more...
News 7-22-2011
U.S. Senate Backs Gun Rights
Fifty members of the U.S. Senate have signed letters to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton saying they will oppose any U.N. arms trade treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership. Read more...
Alert 7-21-2011
TCHA Planning Session
All TCHA members are welcome to attend the planning session August 20-21 in Salado. It's your Association. Read more...
Alert 7-21-2011
SCCC Second Annual Meeting
Join Students for Concealed Carry in our nation's capitol this August 8 for an afternoon of education, debate and socializing with other like-minded students. Read more...
Say What? 7-21-2011
Boy Scout Leader Jailed for Bullet in Fanny Pack
A Missouri man spent four days in a Bahamas jail after airport security found a bullet in his fanny pack. It's not clear how the bullet escaped security at Kansas City International Airport and in Nassau. Read more...
News 7-20-2011
TSRA Annual Gun Show
The Texas State Rifle Association's annual gun show will be July 30-31st at the Mesquite Convention Center in Mesquite. Read more...
News 7-19-2011
ATF Head: Justice Department Shielding Officials
Kenneth Melson, the ATF's acting director, claims Justice Department officials refuse to release a telling internal report on the Fast and Furious operation. Read more...
Say What? 7-19-2011
House Democrats File Bill Against "Trafficking"
Rep. Carolyn Maloney has introduced HR 2554. The "Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act of 2011" makes it a federal crime for anyone to transfer a gun to a prohibited person. Read more...
News 7-18-2011
Fast and Furious-Mexico's View
Mexico's presidential election, coming up a year from now, could easily have the U.S. gun policy known as "Fast and Furious" at the center of public debate. Read more...
Say What? 7-18-2011
D.C. to be Gun Dealers' Landlord
The D.C. Zoning Commission voted to allow firearm retail businesses to operate at "District law enforcement or licensing agencies." Mayor Vince Gray makes excuses for zoning regulations. Read more...
News 7-18-2011
Police Captain Defends CHL
A Wisconsin sheriff's captain thinks recent criticism by a county prosecutor of the state's new concealed carry gun law is off base. Read more...
News 7-17-2011
Congressmen Need Guns Too
A home invasion at Rep. Leonard Boswell's Iowa farm ended when his 22-year-old grandson fetched a shotgun and aimed it at the intruder. Rep. Boswell is rated "A" by the NRA. Read more...
News 7-15-2011
SAF Reports From the U.N. Gun Conference
Julianne Versnel, Second Amendment Foundation Director of Operations, comments on the most recent Chairman's Draft Paper for the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which was released July 14. Read more...
Say What? 7-15-2011
Chronicle Thinks Drug Gangs Prefer Civilian Guns
Texas on the Potomac reporter-researcher Will Tucker has compiled a photo gallery of the top ten weapons of choice of the Mexican drug cartels. Read more...
News 7-15-2011
Gun Controlers Mad at Canada
Canada has thrown a wrench into negotiations toward a United Nations arms trade treaty by proposing hunting rifles be exempted from the draft accord, gun control groups say. Read more...
News 7-14-2011
NRA Speaks to UN
National Rifle Association's Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told the U.N. not to interfere with the Second Amendment freedoms of Americans. Read more...
News 7-14-2011
Gov. Perry Blasts New Gun Rules
Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday lambasted new Department of Justice reporting requirements for gun dealers in states on the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more...
Say What? 7-13-2011
D.C. Council Needs Gun Dealer
The D.C. City Council faces choices: Find a location for the city's lone gun dealer, set itself up to sell guns, or wait to see what Congress will do. Read more...
Alert 7-13-2011
Gun Trace Data Threatened
NSSF: Last night Rep. Adam Schiff announced he will offer an amendment to end the Tiahrt Amendment, that safeguards law enforcement-only firearms tracing data. Read more...
News 7-13-2011
What Happens at the Olympics?
USA Shooting has produced an Olympic Shooting Sports video that explains all fifteen Olympic shooting sports/events. Read more...
News 7-13-2011
U.S. Gun Sales Continue to Grow
The June 2011 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System figure shows an increase of 12.8 percent over June 2010. This marks the 13th straight month-over-month increase. Read more...
News 7-12-2011
Texas Congressman Blasts New Rule
Texas Congressman Lamar Smith: "It is the height of hypocrisy for the Obama administration to restrict the gun rights of border state citizens, when the administration itself knowingly and intentionally allowed guns to be trafficked into Mexico." Read more...
Say What? 7=12-2011
Multiple Sales Reporting Ordered
Monday the Obama administration ordered dealers in four Southwestern states to report multiple sales of semiautomatic rifles to the ATF, which hasn't been stopping straw purchases. Read more...
Say What? 7-12-2011
If Only a Cop Had Been There
A Houston police officer at the scene of a stabbing "ordered the man several times to drop the knife. The man ignored the commands and continued to stab" the victim. By the time the officer "fired several shots" the victim was fatally wounded. Read more...
News 7-11-2011
Chicago To Allow Shooting Ranges
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to introduce an ordinance allowing gun ranges within city limits. Usual suspects horrified. Read more...
Say What? 7-11-2011
Chicago Officials Hate Security Detail Cuts
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Friday announced plans to reduce or eliminate city-funded security for city officials, including powerful Ald. Ed Burke. Read more...
News 7-11-2011
Missouri Lowers CHL Age to 21
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation setting the state’s minimum age for a concealed gun permit at 21, eliminating the previous age limit of 23 set by the General Assembly in 2003. Read more...
News 7-10-2011
2011 GRPC in Chicago
Meet national gun rights leaders and fellow grassroots activists at the 26th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago, Illinois, September 23, 24, and 25, 2011. Read more...
News 7-10-2011
Paul Helmke Leaving Brady
Paul Helmke: "On July 10, my tenure with Brady will be ending, but I will remain engaged in the movement to reduce gun violence in America." Read more...
News 7-9-2011
Wisconsin Gov. Walker Signs CHL Law
Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Friday afternoon removing Wisconsin's concealed carry ban. Effective November 1 Wisconsin will become the 41st right-to-carry state. Read more...
News 7-9-2011
Guns Don't Cause Violence
Since the 1960s, some social scientists have been attempting to prove that guns cause violence. As one study put it, "the trigger pulls the finger." Read more...
Say What? 7-8-2011
Obama Admin for "Gun Safety"
Six months after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, the White House is preparing to propose some new steps on gun safety. Read more...
News 7-8-2011
Court slaps Chicago's gun grabbers
The federal judiciary is slowly coming to the realization that the Second Amendment actually means the public can have guns. That's not sitting well with local politicians in Chicago and Washington. Read more...
News 7-7-2011
NRA Divides U.S.
54% of voters view the NRA favorably, including 29% with a Very Favorable opinion. They are regarded unfavorably by 41%, with 25% who have a Very Unfavorable view. Read more...
News 7-7-2011
SAF Wins Chicago Reversal
The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling and ordered that court to issue a preliminary injunction against the City of Chicago that prevents the city from banning gun ranges inside city limits. Read more...
News7-1-2011
End of Special Session
Alice Tripp: "Today, June 29th, at 12:30, the Texas House joined the Senate and gaveled to a close marking the end of Special Session." Send her an email thanking her for another successful year. Read more...
News 7-1-2011
A Canadian's View
George Jonas: Disarming the harmless doesn't reduce crime, it reduces freedom. Read more...
News 7-1-2011
Wyoming Goes Constitutional Today
Starting Friday, Wyoming will join three other states in allowing individuals to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Read more...
Say What? 6-28-2011
ATF Screws Up: It's NRA's Fault?
"The National Rifle Association and far too many lawmakers have fought against virtually every proposal to empower the bureau to better track and crack down on illegal firearms." Read more...
Say What? 6-27-2011
Gun Rights are Racist
Chicago's new top cop says the accessibility to firearms in America is an extension "of government-sponsored racism" that goes back to the days of slavery and Jim Crow. Read more... NSSF response...
Say What? 6-27-2011
Village Targets Gun Shop
Norridge, Illinois gun shop owner Tony Kole says he's open for business-but customers are having a hard time finding him because the town is preventing him from putting a sign on his business. Read more...
News 6-24-2011
Terrorists Aim For "Gun-Free" Zone
A terrorist planning to attack a Seattle recruiting station said, "It's a confined space, not a lot of people carrying weapons, and we'd have an advantage." Read more...
News 6-24-2011
Another Gunwalker Murder
ATF Fast and Furious "walked" guns have been linked to the terrorist torture and murder of the brother of a Mexican state attorney general last fall. Read more...
News 6-24-2011
CHL Stops San Antonio Pawn Shop Robber
An attempted robbery at a southeast side pawn shop was thwarted Wednesday evening by a man with a concealed carry license who exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Read more...
News 6-22-2011
ATF Figures Bogus
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley today said that firearms data released last week by the ATF was a selective release of certain statistical data that inaccurately reflects the scope and source of the problem of firearms in Mexico and the drug trafficking organization violence. Read more...
News 6-22-2011
Wisconsin CHL Background
"For more than a decade, NRA has fought for Right-to-Carry in Wisconsin. That perseverance and determination has paid off," said Chris W. Cox of the NRA-ILA. Read more...
News 6-22-2011
CHL Passes Wisconsin Assembly
Lawmakers in Wisconsin, one of the last states to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons, approved lifting the ban Tuesday and sent Republican Gov. Scott Walker a measure he is expected to quickly sign into law. Once Wisconsin's measure takes effect this fall, Illinois will be the only state that bans carrying guns. Read more...
News 6-20-2011
'Gun Rabbi' Teaches Self-Defense
Rabbi Dovid Bendory "offers practical instruction in firearms safety and shooting accompanied by the religious and ethical insights on personal defense that only an Orthodox Rabbi can provide." Read more...
News 6-19-2011
When Do We Get the Phaser?
DARPA, the Pentagon's research agency that helped foster the Internet, wants someone to dream up a way to send people to a star. The winner will get half a million dollars for the idea. Website at http://www.100yss.org/. Read more...
News 6-19-2011
Two out of Three
Alice Tripp reports that SB 321, the employee protection bill; and SB 766, the range protection bill were signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 17. Read more...
Legislature 6-19-2011
Legislature Scorecard
On June 17 Governor Rick Perry signed six gun bills and vetoed one. The parking lot bill and range protection passed, but campus carry failed in the House. The signed bills go into effect September 1. Read more...
Say What? 6-19-2011
We're All Drunks?
Garen Wintemute, longtime gun control researcher at the University of California at Davis, has a new "study," published by Injury Prevention, that pushes the idea that gun owners, particularly those who keep and carry firearms for protection, are more likely to drink heavily and often. Read more...
Say What? 6-16-2011
Agents Slam Gunrunner
U.S. firearms agents told lawmakers on Wednesday they were instructed to only watch as hundreds of guns were bought, illegally resold and sent to Mexico where drug-related violence has raged for years. Read more...
News 6-15-2011
Concealed Carry Passes Wisconsin Senate
The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow concealed weapons in the state Capitol and other public places, but not in police stations, courthouses and other specifically exempted locations. Read more...
Say What? 6-14-2011
How Not to do an Anti-gun Video
Oakland, California police officers took a teenage student, a teacher and a counselor into custody this weekend after a real firearm was found among props being used in a video shoot about the dangers of gun violence in a public park. Read more...
News 6-13-2011
Texas U.S. Representative Defends Second Amendment
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith has rejected the notion that Congress should re-examine the nation's gun laws after al Qaeda urged Muslims to attack America by exploiting loose firearm rules. Read more...
News 6-13-2011
How Free are the States?
A 2011 Mercatus Center study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. Texas ranks 14. Read more...
News 6-11-2011
Mexican Cartels Now Using 'Tanks'
The Mexican military has discovered that gangsters south of Texas are building armored assault vehicles, with gun turrets, inch-thick armor plates, firing ports and bulletproof glass. Read more...
Say What? 6-11-2011
Drug War Funds Untraceable
Private companies received nearly $2 billion in Latin American drug war contracts between 2005 and 2009, according to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. That money may as well have been stuffed in garbage bags and dropped randomly from the backs of airplanes. Read more...
Alert 6-10-2011
GRPC Invitation
Meet national gun rights leaders and fellow grassroots activists at the 2011 Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago on September 23-25. Read more...
News 6-10-2011
Sen. Hegar on Parking Lot Bill
State Senator Glenn Hegar announced that both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives have passed the conference committee report for Senate Bill 321, which strengthens and protects the Second Amendment Rights of hard-working Texas. Read more...
News 6-8-2011
New Chicago Top Cop Less Anti-Gun?
Chicago's new police chief Garry McCarthy signaled a distaste for the gun control policies of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. "My goal is to bring the gun debate back to the center." Read more...
Say What? 6-4-2011
Gang Members and Concealed Carry
Illinois State Rep. Monique Davis, D-Chicago, has been a vocal opponent of the concealed-carry law, but, "If we could do something to stop these gang members from shooting and killing each other, I would support (the bill)." Read more...
News 6-4-2011
Democrats Discover Gunrunner
Thirty-one U.S. House Democrats have written to President Barack Obama, urging him to end Administration stonewalling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "Project Gunrunner," and the "Fast and Furious" programs. Read more...
Newsletter 6-4-2011
May Concealed Handgun
Annual Conference wrapup, Use of Force, Hypocracy in the Senate, and more....
News 6-2-2011
Is an Unloaded Gun Self-Defense?
A legal brief by David Kopel answers the obvious for a California court. Read more...
News 6-2-2011
Is it a Crime to be Law Abiding?
The Trifecta crew at PJTV asks WTF as crime keeps dropping in hard times, and with more guns on the streets. See more...
News 6-1-2011
Mexican Police Chief: "Arm Citizens"
Ramon Almonte, the Guerrero state police chief, said on Monday he will ask the federal congress to make it easier for common citizens to get permits for weapons to defend themselves. Read more...
News 6-1-2011
Drug War Guns
Is the U.S. Arming Mexican Cartels? Yes, but not through gun stores. In 2009 the Mexican government bought $20 million dollars worth of semi and fully automatic weapons from the U.S. government. Read more...
News 5-31-2011
Opportunities Knock for Challenged Youth
If you've ever thought a child's disability or life-threatening illness meant an abrupt end to pursuit of outdoor passions, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Read more...
Legislature 5-31-2011
Foster Parent Carry Passes
HB 2560, which allows foster parents with CHLs to carry while transporting foster kids, has been sent to Governor Perry. Read more...
Say What? 5-28-2011
Federal Gunwalker Fallout?
Since BATFE is responsible for enforcing federal gun laws, dealers and other federal firearm licensees typically contact that agency to report suspicious customers. So why is the FBI circulating flyers in gun shops and ranges encouraging owners to report suspicious customers to "your local Joint Terrorism Task Force" instead? Read more...
News 5-28-2011
Parking Lot Bill Final
Alice Tripp's report on the parking lot bill. The only "carve-outs" forced on the bill include those employees servicing gas and oil wells on leased property and ISD employees. College campus employees are covered as are defense contractors and all others. Read more...
News 5-26-2011
Range Protection Passes
SB 766 by Rep. Jason Isaac passed the Texas House on Third Reading and is now headed to Governor Perry's desk. Read more...
News 5-26-2011
CORE: Discretionary CHL Unconstitutional
The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) filed an amicus brief in a California concealed carry case. It emphasizes how the right to "bear arms" does not stop at one's doorstep, and gives a historical analysis of the Fourteenth Amendment, discussing how discretionary firearms licensing laws were an incident of slavery. Read more...
Legislature 5-25-2011
First Gun Bill Passes
SB 766, the range protection bill, has pased both houses of the Legislature. The next step is Governor Perry's signature. Read more...
News 5-24-2011
Another "More Women Buying Guns" Story
The Shooting Divas of DMV is a D.C., Maryland, and Virgina have a new MeetUp.com group. That was in November. Within 24-hours they had 99 members. Female members. Today they have over 300. Read more...
News 5-23-2011
Gun Ownership Up, Crime Down
For decades, violent crime in the United States has been dropping. Final figures for 2009 showed violent crime at its lowest level since 1984. At the same time, firearms ownership and use has been increasing, putting the lie to anti-gun organizations' claims that more guns lead to more crime. Read more...
Alert 5-23-2011
Range Protection Heard on Tuesday
Alice Tripp says call your legislator about SB 766, the range protection bill, which will be debated in the House Tuesday, 5-24. Read more...
News 5-21-2011
Campus Carry, Politician Carry in Trouble
According to Sen Jeff Wentworth House speaker Joe Strouse ambushed campus carry, removing it from SB 1581, leaving campus carry "nearly dead." In separate action the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee shot down expanded CHL carry for state politicians. Read more...
News 5-20-2011
NRA Annual Meeting Report
With official attendance of 71,139 members and 559 exhibitors the 2011 NRA convention is the second largest on record. Once again, with thousands of guns in exhibits and carried concealed and openly, no one got hurt. Read more...
Alert 5-20-2011
Campus Carry Chances "Look Bleak"
Sen. Jeff Wentworth says a Thursday night maneuver by House opponents sent SB 1581, including Campus Carry legislation, back to the Senate without a vote. That leaves supporters little time to revive it with just over a week left in the session. Call your representatives! Read more...
Say What? 5-20-2011
DEA Finds ATF Guns
While stopping suspects in an unrelated case The DEA accidentally came upon two giant garbage cans full of dozens of AK-47 type weapons connected to ATF's Fast and Furious operation. Oops. Read more...
News 5-20-2011
Nevada LEOs Support Campus Carry
The Nevada State Law Enforcement Officer's Association (NSLEOA) has announced support for Senate Bill 231, the Nevada Campus Protection Act. Four Nevada Sheriffs also voiced their approval. Read more...
News 5-17-2011
18th-Century Americans Well-Armed
Don Kates refutes an anti-gun article: "The facts, as Professor John M. Dederer notes, are that 'by the 18th century, Americans were the most heavily armed people in the world.'" Read more...
Say What? 5-16-2011
English "Law and Order"
When a gang of travellers trespassed on her land and allegedly threatened to cut her throat with a chainsaw, Tracy St Clair Pearce dialled 999, expecting protection and reassurance from the police. All they did was confiscate her shotgun. Read more...
News 5-16-2011
Who owns ARs?
A survey conducted in 2010 on behalf of NSSF reveals 21 fascinating facts about owners of modern sporting rifles. Read more...
Alert 5-15-2011
Range Protection Bill Needs Push
SB 766 by Sen. Estes and Rep. Isaac, to protect safe sport shooting ranges from nuisance lawsuits, has been in House Calendars Committee since April 21. Please contact the members of House Calendar's committee one more time and urge them to set SB 766 on the House Calendar quickly. Read more...
News 5-14-2011
NRA Files Second Illinois Lawsuit
The National Rifle Association and Illinois State Rifle Association are supporting a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Illinois' ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home. The case is Shepard v. Madigan. The lead plaintiff is church treasurer Mary Shepard, the victim of a brutal assault in her church office. Read more...
Legislature 5-14-2011
Foster Parents' Carry Passes House
HB 2560, by Rep. Sheffield, has passed in the House. The bill allows foster parents who have a CHL to carry in their car while transporting their foster kids. Read more...
Legislature 5-14-2011
Boat Carry Passes House
HB 25, by Rep. Guillen, has passed in the House. The bill adds carrying a handgun in a watercraft to the section on carrying in a motor vehicle. Read more...
News 5-14-2011
SAF Files Illinois Lawsuit
The Second Amendment Foundation has filed suit in federal court in Illinois, challenging the state's complete prohibition on the carrying self-defense firearms in public. Joining SAF are two private citizens, Michael Moore of Champaign and Charles Hooks of Percy. Read more...
News 5-13-2011
Campus Carry: Keep Your Emails Going
Howard Nemerov says the Texas campus carry bill, attached to SB 1581, is moving despite attempts to amend it, but threats remain. Read more...
News 5-13-2011
Tripp's Legislative Update
Alice Tripp's sitrep on campus carry, shooting range protection, and parking lot bills. Read more...
Alert 5-13-2011
Appropriations Bill Impacts Youth
The current House version of the Appropriations Bill would sweep 50% from all the vanity plates into a restricted fund within General Revenue, cutting in half the charitable donation TSRA members have made to education and to the support entry level shooters and competitors through 4-H Shooting Sports. Read more...
News 5-13-2011
Corps of Engineers Carry
U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs has introduced HR 1865, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act, to protect law-abiding individuals' civil right to bear arms on lands owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. Read more...
Legislature 5-12-2011
Politician Carry in Public Hearings
SB 905, giving state officials supercarry rules the rest of us won't get, is scheduled for public hearing on May 17. Read more...
News 5-12-2011
Disabled Texas Vet Joins Team S&W
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that Texas native Trevor Baucom, a former United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) and Blackhawk helicopter pilot, has joined the ranks of Team Smith & Wesson as the Company's first disabled veteran shooter. Read more...
News 5-12-2011
Legislator Carry Excuses
Pete Winkler in Sen. Glenn Hegar's office said SB 905 is motivated by safety concerns in reaction to the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. He said legislators see a need to protect themselves against violent attackers, because they vote on difficult issues which may enrage some people. Read more...
News 5-11-2011
Campus Carry: The Rest of the Story
Sen. Jeff Wentworth's chapter and verse on how to get a controversial bill through the Texas Senate. Read more... SB 354, the new version.
Say What? 5-10-2011
Special People
Howard Nemerov: "While voting to give themselves special privileges so they could carry into bars and college sporting events, Texas Senators Mario Gallegos and Eddie Lucio voted 'Nay' when it came to your right to defend yourself on college campuses." Read more...
Say What? 5-10-2011
What's Up With Legislator Supercarry?
Howard Nemerov rattled some cages and maybe got an answer about why legislators think they can get away with HB 1463 and SB 905, granting supercarry rights for a privileged few. Read more...
News 5-10-2011
Mention in Pajamas Media
Larry Arnold provided some small help for an article by Howard Nemerov in Pajamas Media. He was kind enough to give us a plug. Read more...
News 5-10-2011
No to Legislator Supercarry
Sen. Brian Birdwell released a statement on why he voted against allowing lawmakers to carry their concealed weapons in additional places. Read more...
Alert 5-9-2011
Campus Carry Passes Senate
The Texas Senate has approved a bill that includes wording to allow Texans who are licensed to carry concealed handguns to carry them inside buildings at public colleges and universities for the first time. The vote for final passage was 19-12. Read more... Alice Tripp's take.
News 5-9-2011
Illinois Sheriff Endorses Concealed Carry
"Why should only the bad guys carry guns?" That's the word from Edgar County, Illinois Sheriff Edward Motley after Illinois legislators rejected a concealed carry bill. Sheriff Motley is a Vietnam Veteran and Edgar County's first African-American Sheriff. Read more...
News 5-9-2011
Concealed Carry for Lawmakers
SB 905 passed the Texas Senate 25-6. It would add all elected statewide officials-and even former legislators-to the list of people exempt from concealed handgun laws that prohibit carrying guns at certain locations. And yes, you can already carry in churches and hospitals not posted with 30.06. Read more...
News 5-7-2011
Brady Folks Release 2010 Scorecard
The Brady Campaign has released their 2010 state gun control scores. They are not happy campers. Brady State Rankings, State scoresheet.
Legislature 5-7-2011
Bill Would Eliminate Renewal Class
As amended, HB 2613 will eliminate the requirement to take a CHL renewal class, and allows DPS to set the renewal fee. Read more...
Say What? 5-6-2011
Chicago Mayor Daley Requests Bodyguard Detail After Leaving Office
After campaigning relentlessly against an Illinois concealed carry law, Mayor Daley is requesting a retinue of at least three around-the-clock Chicago Police bodyguards from his mayoral security detail to accompany him into the private sector. Read more...
News 5-6-2011
Illinois House Rejects Concealed Carry
The vote was 65-32 Thursday on a measure that would let Illinois residents carry concealed guns in public, giving the measure a solid majority. But it needed 71 votes to pass, a standard requirement for legislation that restricts local communities' regulatory power. Read more...
News 5-6-2011
McCarthy Introduces Background Check Bill
New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy is introducing a House bill to drastically overhaul the nation's gun control laws and strengthen federal power over states' handling of individuals' background checks. Read more...
Legislature 5-4-2011
Parking Lot Passes House and Senate
SB 321 was substituted for HB 681, Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt's bill. SB 321 by Sen. Glenn Hegar has already passed in the Texas Senate. Read more...
News 5-4-2011
Parking Lot Bill History
This issue was first introduced by Rep. David Farabee in 2005. It's been a long time coming. Read more...
News 5-4-2011
Campus Carry Stalled
Sen. Jeff Wentworth managed to get the handgun legislation approved as an amendment to a higher education bill, but the author of that measure withdrew it rather than accept the change. Read more...
Legislature 5-4-2011
Veterans' Bill Amended
After amendment HB 1080 exempts veterans and service members from the shooting requirement to Hunter Education. There is no shooting requirement for Hunter Ed. Read more...
News 5-2-2011
Gun Sales, NICS Checks, Excise Taxes All Up
The latest NSSF Bullet Points shows long-term and current trends toward more gun and ammo sales. Read more...
Say What? 5-2-2011
VPC: "Gun Ownership Hits New Low"
"Household gun ownership has continued its decades-long decline, hitting a new low in 2010 according to new national survey data from the General Social Survey (GSS)." Read more...
News 5-2-2011
Wal-Mart Bringing Guns Back
Wal-Mart said Thursday that it is bringing guns back to many of its U.S. stores in an effort to lift slumping sales. Read more...
Say What? 5-2-2011
Latest Campus Carry Excuse
"Allowing students to bring guns to college could cost universities a pretty penny in insurance premiums." Sen. Jeff Wentworth says, "No way." Read more...
Say What? 4-30-2011
Ninja Brings Sword to Gunfight
A Fayette County, Pennsylvania man attacked by a "ninja" with a sword quickly ended the encounter by pulling a gun. Read more...
News 4-29-2011
NRA: The Steel Behind American Freedom
NRA VP David Keene recaps the history of the National Rifle Association and its transformation into one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation today. Read more...
Alert 4-28-2011
Parking Lot Bill Moving
HB 681, the parking lot bill, is schedualed for House debate Monday, May 2. It's taken us four sessions, eight years to get this far. Contact your representative and say you strongly oppose any amendments to HB 681 that exempt certain industries or impose restrictions and carve-outs. Read more...
News 4-28-2011
What Brands Shooters Buy
Southwick Associates has announced the brands hunters and shooters purchased most frequently in 2010. This list has been compiled from HunterSurvey.com and ShooterSurvey.com polls. Read more...
Say What? 4-28-2011
Why Sen. Ogden Opposes Campus Carry
"State Senator Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, argued that because foreign nationals and most individuals under the age of 21 are ineligible to obtain a Texas concealed handgun license, it would be unfair to allow concealed carry at Texas colleges." Read more...
Alert 4-27-2011
Campus Carry Needs You
When Senator Judith Zaffirini brought SB 5 to the Senate floor Senator Jeff Wentworth offered an amendment, the language to SB 354, campus carry. Contact your Texas Senators and urge them to vote for Senator Wentworth's amendment to SB 5. Read more...
News 4-27-2011
"Assault Weapons" Safe For Now
Yesterday, the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence pulled Rep. Lon Burnam's Assault Weapon legislation, HB 2807, from their agenda. This action came in direct response to your email and phone calls to committee members and the committee chairman. Read more...
News 4-27-2011
Texas Congressmen Defend Lead
Aiming squarely at guarding the rights of sportsmen and America's ammo, bait and tackle shops, a powerful group of congressmen is pushing back against environmentalists and any federal regulation that would restrict the use of lead in outdoor gear. Read more...
News 4-27-2011
Gun in hand best border protection
Violence along the U.S.-Mexico border highlights the need for people to arm themselves, Wayne LaPierre said on Tuesday. Read more...
News 4-27-2011
Women are Packing Heat
"A suburban mother of two, (Sarah Moore) drives a powder blue minivan, dresses in vibrant floral blouses and is known more for her signature trendy spectacles than the tiny Ruger .380 she keeps either on her person or in her purse." Read more...
News 4-26-2011
CHL Instructor Solves Fingerprints Problem
LoneStar Handgun has become a vender for the L1-FAST fingerprinting process. Read more...
Alert 4-25-2011
Alice Needs Help
Assault weapon ban by Rep. Lon Burnam comes to Texas. HB 2807 relates to the unlawful possession of a "semiautomatic assault weapon" for anyone under the age of 21. Read more...
News 4-25-2011
NRA Expects 65,000
The National Rifle Association's annual powwow will be taking over Downtown (Pittsburgh) this week, and getting some special treatment befitting one of the city's biggest conventions of the year. David L. Lawrence Convention Center officials have agreed to let those with concealed carry permits bring firearms into the government-owned facility. Read more...
Say What? 4-22-2011
Capital One Anti-Hunting?
"Express Yourself. Personalize your card with an image of your choice." But you can't use a hunting photo. Capital One considers them unacceptable. Read more...
News 4-22-2011
Cops Back IL Concealed Carry
According to the Second City Cop blog the Chicago Sgt's Association, Chicago Lt. Association, IL Association of Chiefs of Police, and IL Sheriffs Association have all come out in favor of Illinois concealed carry. Read more...
News 4-22-2011
U.S. Senate Battles Ammo Ban
Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont, and John Thune, R-S.D., unveil legislation to clarify the longstanding exemption of ammunition and components under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. Read more...
Legislature 4-21-2011
Public Hearing on "Assault Weapons" Bill
The Texas House scheduled public hearings for HB 2807 for 4/26. It prohibits possession of "semiautomatic assault weapons" by persons under 21. Read more...
Say What? 4-21-2011
The Pen is Mightier...
A New Jersey woman was stabbed in the face with a pen on a New York City subway train after she tried to stop a man from lighting a cigarette. Police charged the man with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Read more...
News 4-21-2011
Wolf Hunting This Fall
An attachment to the federal budget bill needed to avert a government shutdown would take gray wolves off the endangered species list across most of the Northern Rockies. Read more...
Alert 4-20-2011
Lone Republican Holdout
Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, is the only Republican senator who isn't voting to bring SB 354, campus carry, to the floor of the senate for debate. Read more...
News 4-20-2011
Searching For Votes
Sen. Jeff Wentworth is one vote short of bringing SB 354, his campus carry bill, up for senate debate. Read more...
News 4-19-2011
First American Gun Confiscation
April 19 is the 236th anniversary of the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord. Our side. Their side. Animated version.
News 4-18-2011
Harold Volkmer Dies
Author of the Firearm Owners Protection Act (known nationwide as the Volkmer/McClure Act) Harold Volkner was busy literally in his last days reviewing a legal case for the NRA's Civil Rights Defense Fund. Read more...
News 4-18-2011
1099 Requirement Repealed
Instructors take note, President Obama signed a law repealing the 1099 business tax reporting mandate. Read more...
News 4-18-2011
More Women are Shooting
"More and more women are coming into gun ownership and the number of women participating in recreational shooting has risen exponentially," said Rachel Parsons of the National Rifle Association. Read more...
News 4-15-2011
Project Gunrunner Unravels
Inquiry finds U.S. urged dealer to continue gun sales. The Arizona gun dealer repeatedly raised red flags, but his concerns were brushed aside. Read more...
Say What? 4-14-2011
Brady After "Assault Clips"
The Brady Campaign launches banassaultclips.com. Check out their assault ad. Write your Congressperson. Read more...
News 4-13-2011
TCHA Opens Online Store
You can now buy TCHA merchandise, renew membership, or join TCHA online at the new TCHA online store. Of course we accept major credit cards. Read more...
News 4-13-2011
2010 Hunter Education Report
According to the 2010 Hunting Report: Texas hunter education instructors trained 41,785 students, 1,141,924 hunting licenses were sold, and there was a record-low 25 hunting accidental injuries. Read more...
News 4-13-2011
Women Take Up Hunting
From New Jersey: In recent years, more girls and women have taken up hunting, an activity long considered a man's domain. Read more...
Alert 4-12-2011
Campus Carry Needs Push
Rumors include the Brady Campaign funneling money into Texas to kill CHL on Campus. Read more...
News 4-12-2011
National Reciprocity
Congressmen Cliff Stearns and Heath Shuler have filed HR 822, to provide national reciprocity for CHLs. Read more...
Say What? 4-9-2011
Roanoke VA Mall Evacuated.
In March a man carrying an umbrella inadvertently sparked the evacuation and 10-hour police search of the Roanoke, Virginia, Valley View Mall. Read more...
Alert 4-8-2011
Campus CHL Needs Your Help Now
Alice Tripp needs you to call your representatives now. Campus Carry, on the Senate floor, is threatened by a concerted push from college administrations. Read more...
Legislature 4-6-2011
Parking Lot Bill Moving
Senate Bill 321, by Sen. Hegar, was voted out of the Business & Industry Committee to be considered on the floor of the House. Read more...
News 4-6-2011
Legislator Super Concealed Carry
State law allows residents to be licensed to carry a concealed handgun but restricts some locations. A bill under consideration in a House committee would exempt legislators and statewide officeholders from those restrictions. (Actually there are three such bills.) Read more...
Legislature 4-6-2011
House Passes Budget
Texas House lawmakers passed HB 1. That makes more space for them to consider our legislation. Read more...
News 4-5-2011
GRPC Invades Anti Territory
The 2011 Gun Rights Policy Conference is scheduled for September 23-25 in Chicago, Illinois. Read more...
News 4-5-2011
CHL Stops Dog Attack
A man with a CHL shot a pit bull mix as it attacked a woman Wednesday morning on San Antonio's West Side, authorities said. Read more...
Legislature 4-5-2011
Campus Carry Moves in Senate
SB 354, by Jeff Wentworth, has passed out of the Criminal Justice Committee and is ready for Senate floor debate. Read more...
News 4-4-2011
TCHA on Facebook
George Pena has registered a TCHA page on Facebook. Click on our Home Page to Like us. Check out the page, and add stuff. Read more...
News 4-3-2011
Tom Selleck Corrects Extra
On the set of his TV show Blue Bloods, actor Tom Selleck called an extra on careless gun handling. The extra picked up a real gun and started pointing it at people. Read more...
Say What? 4-3-2011
Gun Control Courage
Christian Science Monitor: "Thirty years after Reagan was shot, Jim and Sarah Brady courageously keep the pressure on for gun control." Read more...
Alert 4-2-2011
Time to Push
HB 681 is still in the Calendars Committee, SB 354 needs attention in the Senate. Alice Tripp needs you to contact your represenataives. Read more...
News 4-1-2011
Illinois Top Cops Support CHL
Leaders of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police voted Wednesday to change their stance on the issue. They now support legalizing concealed carry. The top cops had long opposed the idea, but voted two years ago to be neutral. Read more...
News 3-31-2011
Campus Carry Clears Committee
The Senate Criminal Justice committee approved SB 354, the campus carry bill by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, on a 4-2 vote. Read more...
Alert 3-31-2011
Campus Carry Up for Vote
Sen. Jeff Wentworth's SB 354 is up for a vote today by the Texas Senate's Criminal Justice Committee. Committee chair John Whitmire's chief of staff said the hasty scheduling had nothing to do with an anti-gun press release. Read more...
News 3-31-2011
West Texas Sharpshooter
At 5 feet and 98 pounds, Horizon High School cadet Jennifer Armendariz stands tall with a rifle in hand. Read more...
News 3-31-2011
Issa Demands Gunwalker Info
U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, in a CBS interview, demands information on ATF "gunwalking" scandal from the State Department. Read more...
Legislature 3-30-2011
Campus Carry Senate Hearing
SB 354, by Sen. Jeff Wentworth and thirteen others, is scheduled for a second hearing on Thursday, March 31. Read more...
News 3-30-2011
ATF Ducks Congress
ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson has been pulled from the witness list for a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday, in which he would likely have been asked questions about the Gunwalking scandal. Read more...
News 3-30-2011
Membership Brochure Wins Award
Press Women of Texas awarded Larry Arnold a first place in the 2011 Texas Communications Contest, one-to-three color brochure category, for designing the TCHA membership brochure, Top Ten Reasons To Join TCHA. The entry advances to the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. Read more...
Legislature 3-29-2011
Range Protection Advances
Rep. Estes' range protection bill, SB 766, has passed the Senate and been recieved by the House. Read more...
News 3-29-2011
Happy 100th Birthday, M-1911
On March 29, 1911, the U.S. Army adopted John Browning's .45ACP pistol as the M-1911. The basic history is at Wikipedia. Find more at M1911.0rg.
News 3-28-2011
2011 Shooting Sports Summit
NSSF will host the 2011 Shooting Sports Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, June 7-9. Read more...
Say What? 3-26-2011
Maryland Attorney General on Rifle Carry
In his rebuttal to the Raymond Woollard suit, Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General of Maryland, says "The Permit Statute (permits) anyone who can lawfully possess a long gun to wear and carry it, concealed or openly, anywhere the holder of a handgun carry permit could carry a handgun." Read more...
News 3-25-2011
Bills On the Move
Alice Tripp reports that TSRA-supported legislation is moving, but the clock is ticking. Read more...
News 3-24-2011
Egyptians Want Guns for Self-Defense
CAIRO: With rumors circulating about thugs roaming the streets, safety has become a major concern post-the January 25 Revolution, forcing many Egyptians to embrace their newfound freedom with a gun in hand. Read more...
News 3-24-2011
President Quizzed on "Gunwalker"
CBS News asks President Obama about the ATFE "walking" guns to Mexico. "There may be a situation here which a serious mistake was made..." Read more...
Legislature 3-24-2011
Range Protection Bill to House
SB 766, Sen. Estes' range protection bill, has been sent to the House. Read more...
Alert 3-22-2011
HB 356 Needs Stopping
Alice Tripp calls for help in stopping HB 356, the no longer needed "Utah fix" bill. Read more...
News 3-22-2011
NSSF Video Tops 1,000,000
Over this past weekend, total views of National Shooting Sports Foundation videos on YouTube topped the 1 million mark, with 869,842 of those views occurring in the past year alone. Read more...
News 3-22-2011
Proposed Federal Law to "Improve" NICS
The NSSF warns that SR 436, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, will add millions of Americans to the NICS reject list and end private sales. Read more...
News 3-18-2011
The Fourteenth TCHA Convention
Photos tell the story of the 14th TCHA Convention, from Fun Shoot to Member's Meeting. Read more...
News 3-18-2011
Campus Carry Bill Heard in Senate
On Tuesday, March 22, SB 354 by Senator Jeff Wentworth will be heard in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Read more...
News 3-17-2011
Campus Carry Out of Committee
After an emotional 5 1/2-hour hearing, the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee voted 5-3 Wednesday night to advance legislation to allow concealed handguns on college and university campuses. Read more...
News 3-17-2011
BATFE/Federal Firearms Law Reform
Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) have introduced H.R. 1093, the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act of 2011." Read more...
News 3-17-2011
Oregon Reciprocity Bill Advances
Oregon state Representative Kim Thatcher's HB 2792 would provide non-residents with another state CHL the same protections provided to persons with an Oregon Concealed Handgun License. Read more...
News 3-17-2011
NPR Officers Resign
National Public Radio VP Ron Schiller described the current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party as "white, middle America, gun-toting," and added: "They're seriously racist people." Read more...
Say What? 3-16-2011
California CHL "Reform"
California legislators want to make it easier to get a concealed carry permit - for politicians only. Read more...
Say What? 3-16-2011
OMG, Man Finds Bullet
Englishman finds .22 cartridge, calls police who come immediately to take it away and place it in safe storage. Read more...
News 3-15-2011
NRA Responds to President Obama
The NRA responds to President Obama's recent gun control op-ed. Read more...
News 3-15-2011
Senate Parking Lot Bill Sent to House
SB 321, allowing employees to secure firearms in company parking lots, passes the Senate and goes to the house. Read more...
News 3-14-2011
President Obama Calls for Better Background Checks
NICS "should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks." Meanwhile gun control groups are now "gun-safety advocates." Read more...
Alert 3-12-2011
Alice Needs Impact Statements
Alice Tripp needs your written impact statements - in the form of a brief email - concerning concealed carry on campus for Campus Carry Day. Read more...
News 3-11-2011
Last Day for Bills
Today is the last day for the Legislators to file regular bills. Now the real work begins. Read more...
News 3-11-2011
Campus Carry Day
Campus carry House bills 86, 750, 1167, and 1356 are all scheduled for public comment March 16. Contact Alice Tripp if you can help. Read more...
Alert 3-11-2011
SB 321 Needs You
SB 321, the Texas Commuter's Act, hits the Senate floor Monday. Alice Tripp needs us all of us to contact our senators. Read more...
News 3-10-2011
Mexican People Want Guns
On the ranch lands south of the U.S. border, people no longer take security for granted and have turned to weapons to stave off drug thugs. Read more...
News 3-10-2011
Open Carry Bill Filed
Rep Lavender filed HB 2756, which would remove the requirement for CHLs to conceal their handguns. Read more...
News 3-10-2011
Assault Weapons Bill Filed
Rep Burnam filed HB 2807 which would prohibit persons under 21 from possessing "semiautomatic assault weapons." Read more...
News 3-10-2011
Bill Would Double CHL Fees
HB 2613, by Rep Flynn, doubles CHL fees and limits the renewal window. Read more...
Alert 3-10-2011
Congress Demands Gunwalker Answers
Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and 13 Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers. Read more...
News 3-7-2011
Parking Lot Bill Advances
SB 321, the Senate parking lot bill passed out of the Criminal Justice Committee. Read more...
News 3-7-2011
Instructor Renewals
Instructors should have received notice to take the renewal exam. Here's how. Read more...
Alert 3-6-2011
Contact Your Representatives
Alice Tripp update: HB 681 still needs your attention, SB 321 moving! Read more...
News 3-6-2011
Directors' Decisions
In the post-conference board meeting your directors made decisions that will streamline operations. Read more...
News 3-3-2011
Wyoming Goes Constitutional Carry
Wyoming became the fourth state to allow citizens to carry concealed guns without a permit, with Gov. Matt Mead signing the bill into law. Read more...
Say What? 3-1-2011
Illinois Debates Concealed Carry
Illinois lawmakers are taking aim at some new legislation that would make it legal for gun owners to carry concealed weapons. Illinois? Really! Read more...
News 3-1-2011
Wyoming Constitutional Carry
The Wyoming Legislature passed a Constitutional Carry bill and sent it to their governor. Read more...
News 2-28-2011
More Women Carrying
More women that ever before are packing heat, according to experts. In fact, an estimated 15 million women in the United States are licensed to carry a firearm. Read more...
Alert 2-26-2011
Alice Needs Help
Alice Tripp needs you to call legislators now to avoid amendments that would gut parking lot legislation. Read more...
News 2-26-2011
TAG Counters Austin Gun Buyback
Texans for Accountable Government countered an Austin Police Department "guns for groceries" deal by raising the ante. Read more...
News 2-25-2011
National CHL Reciprocity
U.S. Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) introduced HR 822, providing for national concealed carry reciprocity. Read more...
News 2-25-2011
We Are Not Alone
According to Fox Business News eight other states are also considering college campus carry legislation. The usual suspects are objecting. Read more...
News 2-25-2011
Utah Permit Bill Passes
The Utah Legislature sent a bill to their governor requiring residents of states that recognize the Utah CHL to get a home state permit first. Read more...
News 2-24-2011
Anniversary Passes
On February 22, 2010 CHLs began carrying handguns into national parks. The anniversary of that change passed, unnoticed, by all except the National Parks Examiner. It seems all the grisly predictions didn't come true. Read more...
Alert 2-23-2011
CBS "Breaks" Project Gunrunner
ATF lets 2,500 firearms "walk" to the Mexican drug cartels, including one that murdered a border patrol officer. Read more...
News 2-23-2011
Parking Lot Bill Hearing
HB 681, the employer parking lot bill, is schedualed for a hearing on February 28. Read more...
News 2-22-2011
New ATF Tracking Blocked
U.S. Congressmen Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Denny Rehberg of Montana blocked the ATF from unauthorized tracking of rifle purchases. Read more...
News 2-22-2011
Campus Carry Looking Good
Texas is preparing to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus, adding momentum to a national campaign. Read more...
News 2-21-2011
Shooting Range Protection
Sen. Estes filed SB 766 to protect sport shooting ranges from frivilous lawsuits. Read more...
Alert 2-18-2011
Instructor List Upgrade
From Larry Arnold: I've redesigned the instructor listing. Check it out and give me feedback.
News 2-18-2011
Suzanna Hupp Speaks at UT
Former Texas Rep. Suzanna Hupp advocated for self-defense at a Libertarian Longhorns event. Read more... Order her book.
Legislature 2-18-2011
Faculty Carry
HB 1167, by Rep. Gooden would allow concealed carry on colleges, but only for faculty, staff, and employees. Read more...
News 2-15-2011
Swiss Reject Gun Ban Initiative
The people of Switzerland refused to disarm. Anti-gun activists offered the usual excuses. Read more...
News 2-13-2011
Annual Meeting
Rick Mackey announced the agenda for the 2011 Annual Member's Meeting, scheduled for March 6. Read more...
News 2-11-2011
Korean War "Vet" to Attend Conference
MAJ Richard Koone will remind us of the venerable history of the Colt 1911, assisted by a pistol carried in the Korean Police Action. Read more...
Alert 2-11-2011
The ATF is Smoking
If you aren't up to speed on Project Gunrunner you need to be. Rumors started on the fringe of the Gun Rights movement, and now Congress is paying attention. Read more...
Legislature 2-9-2011
Junior College Carry
Rep. Van Taylor filed HB 1167, that would allow concealed carry on junior colleges and technical institutes. Read more...
Alert 2-9-2011
Requalifying LEOs
By Larry Arnold: According to DPS if your only certification is CHL instructor you cannot requalify retired LEOs. Read more...
News 2-5-2011
Texas Tech CHLs
Texas Tech students, employees take class for concealed handgun license. Read more...
News 2-4-2011
State Senator Defends Campus Carry
Texas Sen. Jeff Wentworth discusses concealed carry on campus. Read more...
Newsletter 2-4-2011
January Concealed Handgun
Deer self-defense, more reciprocity, Conference update, lessons from Tucson, ideas clearinghouse, after CHL, and more.
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Alert 1-28-2011
TCHA Planning Session Set
Your TCHA board is holding a two-day planning session August 20-21. Members are welcome to attend or send ideas. Read more...
Legislature 1-28-2011
Parking Lot Carry
Rep. Lozano filed HB 954, to keep employers from prohibiting firearms in employee vehicles. This bill has no school exception. Read more...
News 1-28-2011
Utah License "Fix"
The Utah Senate is considering a bill that would require nonstate residents to obtain concealed weapons permits from their home states before obtaining one in Utah. Read more...
Legislature 1-21-2011
Campus Carry
Rep. Driver filed HB 750, to allow CHLs to carry on college campuses. Read more...
Legislature 1-18-2011
School Board Carry
Rep. Huberty filed HB 698, which allows board members to carry at a school board meeting. Read more...
Legislature 1-18-2011
Employer Parking Lot Bill
Rep. Kleinschmidt filed HB 681 to keep employers from prohibiting firearms in employee vehicles. Read more...
Legislature 1-14-2011
Campus carry
Fourteen Senators cosponsor SB 354 to allow CHLs to carry on college campuses. Read more...
News 1-14-2011
Fun Shoot Additions
From Dean McCormick: This year the Fun Shoot will feature two demonstrations CHLs need to see and instructors might want to use. Read more...
Alert 1-14-2011
Congressional Carry
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert says his office is drafting a measure to allow members of Congress to carry guns in the District of Columbia, including in the Capitol and on the House floor. Read more...
Legislature 1-8-2011
Parking Lot Bill
Sen. Hegar files SB 321 to allow for securing firearms in employer parking lots. Read more...
Alert 1-8-2011
Banquet Birthday
The Annual Meeting banquet will feature a 100th birthday celebraton. Read more...
News 1-8-2011
Board Meeting
TCHA Board met 1-8-11. Meeting minutes are posted. Read more... (pdf)
News 1-7-2011
TCHA Board
Board of directors meeting Saturday, January 8. Members welcome. Read more...
News 1-4-2011
ACLU Files Pro-Gun Case
The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit in Sioux Falls, S.D. alleging that the state's concealed weapons law is discriminatory because it requires the permit holder to be a United States citizen. Read more...

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