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The information below is a brief summary of LTC-related bills passed by the 84th Texas Legislature.

OPEN CARRY
House Bill 910

Effective: January 1, 2016
Relating to Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun; creating criminal offense

General Information:

  • Authorizes individuals to obtain a license to openly carry a handgun in the same places that allow the licensed carrying of a concealed handgun with some exceptions.  (See “Exceptions” below for more information.)
  • Unconcealed handguns, loaded or unloaded, must be carried in a shoulder or belt holster.
  • Individuals who hold a valid CHL may continue to carry with valid existing license.
  • A separate license will not be required to open carry.  No additional fee will be required.
  • Individuals currently licensed will not be required to attend additional training.  Training curriculum for new applicants will be updated to reflect the new training requirements related to the use of restraint holsters and methods to ensure the secure carrying of openly carried handguns.  The new curriculum will be required for all classes beginning January 1, 2016.
  • The eligibility criteria to obtain a license to carry do not change.
  • The department has updated the website and training materials to reference License to Carry (LTC) instead of Concealed Handgun License (CHL).
  • Changes to the laminated license have been implemented.

Exceptions:   

  •  Open carry is not permitted by a license holder regardless of whether the handgun is holstered:
    • on the premises of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education
    • on any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage or other parking area of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education
    • by an individual who is acting as a personal protection officer under Chapter 1702, Occupations Code  and is not wearing a uniform

CAMPUS CARRY
Senate Bill 11

Effective: August 1, 2016
Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education; providing a criminal penalty.

  •  Authorizes a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on or about the license holder’s person while the license holder is on the campus of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education in this state.   Open carrying of handguns is still prohibited at these locations.
  • Authorizes an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education in this state to establish rules, regulation, or other provisions concerning the storage of handguns in dormitories or other residential facilities that are owned or leased and operated by the institution and located on the campus of the institution.
  • Requires the president or other chief executive officer of an institution of higher education in this state to establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus or on specific premises located on the campus.
  • Authorizes posting of a sign under Penal Code Section 30.06 with respect to any portion of a premises on which license holders may not carry.
  • The effective date of this law for a public junior college is August 1, 2017.





Record number of handguns found at Dallas Love Field
There are ways to take your handgun with you when you travel, but in your carry on at the airport isn’t one of them.  By the way, the TSA has a Smartphone app that will help lawful gun owners know how to safely and legally travel with a firearm.
April 27, 2012
CBS Local
Director Amy Williams said in April alone agents have found six handguns in carryon bags, at TSA checkpoints. “Last year from the period of January first through the end of April we only found one firearm,” she said. This year, since January 15 guns ...



New Fashion Wrinkle: Stylishly Hiding the Gun
Can’t decide if concealed carry clothing “haute” or not…
April 23, 2012
New York Times
Woolrich, a 182-year-old clothing company, describes its new chino pants as an elegant and sturdy fashion statement, with a clean profile and fabric that provides comfort and flexibility.  And they
are great for hiding a handgun.



Shop Teacher Accused of Firing Gun Loaded With Blanks At Students
And the Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day is…
April 20, 2012
WSBT-TV
(KTLA) -- A teacher accused of lining up his students and shooting a "blank firing handgun" in their direction is facing 12 felony charges. The incident occurred April 4 at William H. Neff Center vocational school. Authorities say 60-year-old Manuael ...



Report: Holding a Gun Makes Man Look Taller
Well, duh!
April 18, 2012
Shooting Times Magazine
This photo shows various photos shown to participants in a series of studies, which found that holding a handgun makes a man appear taller and stronger.



NRA versus FedEx over guns in parking lots legislation
April 17, 2012
The Republic
NASHVILLE – The National Rifle Association and gun activists won a skirmish with many of Tennessee's largest businesses and employers when lawmakers this week moved forward a measure
that would allow gun owners to keep handguns
in their cars in parking...
 


Man shoots himself in the groin with concealed handgun
You lose serious “cool points” when this happens…
April 14, 2012
KOMO News
An investigation revealed that the 31-year-old man was standing outside, possibly talking with several other men, when he accidentally shot himself once in the groin with a concealed handgun. Seattle Fire Department medics responded and treated the man ...

Intruder shot entering home
Score one for the good guys
April 14, 2012
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
An intruder with a handgun had barely come inside the apartment when it happened, recalled the man who lives there. The intruder pointed the gun at him, he said, so he grabbed his own handgun and fired at least twice. “Instantly, I reached for the ...



Thieves are greeted more often with guns when trying to burglarize homes
April 6, 2012
KSCW 12
Two young men who were trying to break into Angela Tallman's house in Gig Harbor Thursday got a major surprise when Tallman appeared at a window, tapped her handgun against the glass to get their attention and gave them a look of, "Come on in, , let's play."  The two stunned men fled. ...


Smith & Wesson shares HIT 52-Week high
April 2, 2012
AP Associated Press
Shares of firearms maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. hit a new 52-week high Monday after an analyst said that gun sales are rising on worries that President Barack Obama may tighten gun laws if he is reelected.



2012 Election Resources
April 2, 2013
National Shooting Sports Foundation
Shooters and gun owners together can make a huge impact at the polls this Election Day. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has put together a website where you can learn about candidates' stances on hunting and gun-control issues….



Texas’ ‘Castle Doctrine’ up for debate in wake of Trayvon Martin shooting
April 1, 2012
AUSTIN — The shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin is drawing attention to Texas’ self-defense and deadly force laws and prompting a state lawmaker to call for changes. …


 

'Emergency' gun restrictions struck down
March 30, 2012
WND.com
A federal judge has struck down a North Carolina provision that authorizes a ban on firearms and ammunition outside homes during “a declared emergency,” determining that violates the Second Amendment.
...





Don't Jump Subway Turnstile Carrying Your Gun Loaded With Hollow Point Bullets
Well, duh!
March 30, 2012
Gothamist
If you're packing a concealed handgun loaded with hollow point "cop killer" bullets, it's probably not the best time to do something that's going to attract the attention of the local constabulary. Ruben Sanabri, 36, learned that lesson the hard way
...
 

 

Court Upholds NYC Fee to Keep Guns at Home
God Bless Texas!
March 29, 2012
Reuters
By Andrew Chow, JD at FindLaw.com New York City's $340 license fee for keeping a handgun at home does not violate the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, a federal judge ruled Monday. Seven handgun owners and two gun owners' groups sued the city
...
 

 

4-year-old shot in ankle while jumping on bed after gun hidden under mattress
And the Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day is…
March 26, 2012
New York Daily News
Jarquise Upton, 21, faces charges after his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter was shot with a handgun he stashed under a mattress, police say. A game of bouncing on the bed ended with a bang for a little Chicago ...

 

Legislator drops his concealed handgun during Public Safety meeting
DOH!
March 21, 2012
Legislator Drops His Concealed Handgun During Public Safety Meeting. The gun was loaded, but didn't go off thanks to a safety mechanism. The freshman rep responsible blamed his "shoulder holder"—and the fact he was a bit lightheaded from giving blood. 



Gunman killed after taking hostages at CO medical building; armed doctor helps others flee

Carry your guns, you NEVER know when you might need it!
March 1, 2012
Star Tribune
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado doctor with a concealed-weapon permit said he grabbed his gun and guarded an exit at a medical building as dozens of people fled from a gunman who had taken two hostages.  Authorities in Colorado Springs said the hostages were released before police shot and fatally wounded the gunman Tuesday. No one else was hurt.




Homeowner Defends Shooting Intruder
Mr. Ziolkowski acted correctly. He needed to defend himself as is his right. Now if we can get him to buy a Glock...
February 28, 2012
FOX 8 CLEVELAND--A 78 year old man defended his response to someone breaking into his house, armed, and trying to rob him. The elderly man shot the intruder in the chest. It was the second time someone had broken in to the house….



Dallas County man shoots himself twice accidentally
Raccoon:  2
Larry: 0
February 27, 2012
Nebraska City News Press
Larry Godwin, 68, shot a .22 caliber handgun at a raccoon he had caught in a live trap when the bullet ricocheted from the cage striking him in the upper right thigh, lower abdomen area. When he dropped the gun, it fired again striking him ...



Cab drivers want to carry guns
Dear City of San Antonio:
If the State of Texas deems a cab driver to be qualifed for a Concealed Handgun License, why won't you allow that cab driver to have a handgun in his cab where he probably needs it the most?
Sincerely,
Armed With Grace Incorporated
February 24, 2012
WOAI
Cab drivers are not allowed to carry a handgun inside their cab. Some drivers say that rule needs to change, because they are easy targets. "You don't know who your picking up," said cab driver Stanley Williams. "I just got to watch my instinct," ...



Bullet narrowly misses woman washing dishes in Old Saybrook
And the Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day is…
February 23, 2012
Norwich Bulletin
Police said a shot, from a .40 caliber handgun, was fired from the home of 45-year-old John Patrick Kelly of 35 Attawanahood Trail in Old Saybrook. The bullet exited the home and went through the window of a neighbor, narrowly missing the homeowner as she was doing dishes at the kitchen sink.  The discharged round then went through a solid wood cabinet and then through a stainless steel sink ...



New Hampshire man arrested for firing gun into ground while catching suspected burglar
Seriously, New Hampshire?!?!
February 22, 2012
Fox News
A New Hampshire man who fired his handgun into the ground to scare an alleged burglar he caught crawling out of a neighbor's window is now facing a felony charge -- and the same potential prison sentence as the man he stopped...



Man who shot home invaders in Hermon: 'I had to protect myself'
Note that the weapon was equipped with a laser and he was able to get off his shots accurately.  That’s surprisingly tough to do with a moving target and when one's adrenaline is pumping.  The laser certainly made a difference in this situation.
February 21, 2012

Bangor Daily News
Williams fired shots from a handgun last week that mortally wounded Robert Dellairo, 30, and injured Philip McIntyre, 19, both of Bangor, after Dellairo and McIntyre broke into his residence at Duran Apartments on Outer Hammond Street, according to ...




Former police chief Tony Barthuly shot himself in hand while cleaning handgun
The WI Director of Training and Standards Bureau?!?!  Seriously?
February 20, 2012
Appleton Post Crescent
Former Fond du Lac police chief TonyBarthuly shoth imself in the hand Wednesday night while cleaning a handgunBarthuly currently serves as director of the Training and Standards Bureau at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. ...


NYC’s illogical gun laws
This is completely insane!
February 16, 2012
NEW YORK POST-- Getting prosecuted under New York’s gun laws is a nonsensical crapshoot, where gangsters get their cases expunged and thugs can turn in illegal weapons for $200 — but a weapon that’s legally registered elsewhere can brand a citizen as a criminal for life


San Antonio woman shoots at suspected burglar
February 15, 2012
WOAI.com
SAN ANTONIO -- A homeowner called police around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, saying she caught a man stealing items from her home and shot at him before he drove off. She told officers she wasn't sure if she hit the man. About 5 minutes later, police received a call about a shooting victim a few blocks away in the 300 block of East Sunshine….


Woman Scares Off 3 Intruders Who Were Looking For Guns
January 30, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. --
A Kansas City woman was able to protect herself and her home from multiple intruders over the weekend.
Neighbors said three people forced their way into the woman's home in the 7600 block of Richmond Avenue. ...


Potential juror with loaded handgun arrested and charged
(Note to Jurors:  Don't Bring Guns.  That is all.)
January 30, 2012
Courthouse News Service
FORT WORTH - A woman was arrested and charged with bringing a loaded handgun into the county courthouse when she arrived for jury duty. Dayna Kay Purtee, 59, of Burleson, allegedly brought a loaded .32-caliber handgun with her when she reported ...



Vendor at gun show shoots himself in the hand
(What's so hard about following the four rules?)
January 30, 2012
Examiner.com
WBIR reports of a vendor at the gun show shooting himself in the hand with his own personal handgun. He is said to have removed the magazine from his handgun, after which it discharged and shot himself in the hand. …



New Jersey bill aims to ban all handgun, some rifle ammo
(not cool.)
January 28, 2012

Infowars.com
In an end-run around an all out gun ban, the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is set to consider legislation that would ban ammunition under the auspices of protecting police.  The language seemingly targets the already prohibited ‘armor piercing ammunition’ but would encompass any ammo that is deemed to “pose a threat to the safety and well being of law enforcement.”




DEA agent loses appeal over video of him accidentally shooting himself during gun safety demo

(Score a rare one for our judicial system!)
January 27, 2012
WASHINGTON — A federal agent who accidentally shot himself while lecturing children on gun safety lost his appeal Tuesday in a lawsuit over release of the video that subjected him to ridicule on the Internet and late-night talk shows. ...
(for those one or two of you out there who have never seen the video, click HERE)



Pregnant woman scares off men during break-in
(So proud of this woman!)
January 26, 2012
The Times-Standard
A pregnant Fortuna woman successfully scared off two men who broke into her home Wednesday morning when she fired off a round from a handgun, missing the suspects, but ultimately causing them to flee. The woman saw two men enter her home on the 3100 ...



Man accidentally shoots self, wife while cleaning handgun 
(Remember what did we learned in class:  “Take the magazine out, THEN rack the slide”!!!)
January 26, 2012
Livingston Daily
“He made the major mistake of not taking the clip out, which was fully loaded, before he racked it,” the sheriff said. ...



Gun-toting Grannie to car jacker:  "stop right there or you're dead where you stand"
(mamaw: 1
 badguy:  0)

January 24, 2012
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
DAYTONA BEACH - - "I was not going to let him go," said Karen Granville, 64, who lives on Redwood Street. "I just held my gun in my right hand until the police arrested him." ...

 

CHL-Carrying Customer shoots, kills robbery suspect in restaurant
(This is why you carry!)
January 24, 2012
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC - An armed robber was killed by a customer at an Upstate Waffle House early Saturday, according to Spartanburg County deputies. …

Delivery driver lauded for shooting would be assailant
(Way to be prepared, Mr. Delivery Guy!)
January 23, 2012
WOWK
Delivery driver Morgan Vandergriff pulled a concealed handgun and shot DeSean Saunders in the arm and chest after an alleged robbery attempt. "I may order from this place more often," said Sable Point Apartment resident Vinny Masi. "I like this guy. ...




61-Year old woman scares off would be robbers when she pulled her .380-caliber handgun

(Again, this is why you get your Concealed Handgun License)
November 18, 2011
OCEAN SPRINGS --Two robbers waited around looking for their prey outside Walmart when they saw a woman loading her groceries into her car. They started tugging at her purse but the victim wouldn’t let go of the bag and managed to pull out her handgun, which scared the alleged thieves off….



U.S. House Passes NRA-backed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Legislation 
November 17, 2011
Washington D.C. -- The bill basically says that if you have a CCW permit in your home state, you can travel to another state that issues CCW permits and your permit will be valid. …



Mom with Ohio concealed handgun license fires gun to ward off sex offender's violent attack

(See, this is why you need your CHL!)
November 16, 2011
Ohio.com
November 16, 2011Ohio.com
LAKEMORE, OH -- Another Ohio concealed handgun license-holder was able to defend herself when attacked by a violent predator. ...



Police: Rutland Town homeowner fires shots at home invader

November 13, 2011

Rutland Herald
Town homeowner used a handgun to fend off a reported home invasion Tuesday, according to state police. No one was injured in the incident on Quarterline Road, which was called in at around 10 am But state police Lt. Charles ...




Sheriff:  Time for citizens to arm themselves
(Armed With Grace salutes you Sheriff Wright!
)

October 31, 2011

WYFF

SPARTINBURG COUNTY, NC -- The Spartanburg County Sheriff said several times, "I want you to get a concealed weapons permit." "I'm tired of looking at victims saying, 'There's life after this' … I'm tired of saying, 'We're sorry, we can't keep them in jail.'"



Record-Low 26% in US Favor Handgun Ban

(Well, duh...)
October 26, 2011

Gallup.com

PRINCETON, NJ -- A record-low, only 26% of Americans, favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people. The results are based on Gallup's annual Crime poll, conducted Oct. 6-9. This year's poll finds support for a variety of gun-control measures at historical lows, including the ban on handguns, which is Gallup's longest continuing gun-control trend.



Man shot and killed at gun range
(It makes us so sad to hear about something like this...)
October 25, 2011

www.woai.com

SAN ANTONIO - Emergency crews were called to the Bullet Hole Shooting Range around 2:00 pm Tuesday. Witnesses said a 31-yr. old man in the handgun area of the outdoor shooting range collapsed from a gunshot wound to the head.



Woman, 66, shoots and kills intruder

(What's that, Governor Jerry Brown?  California citizens don't need guns to defend themselves?  Tell that to Donna Hopper!)
October 21, 2011

Record-Searchlight
While police were heading to the home, the California woman called back saying she'd shot him with a handgun, Poletski said. The man was on her front lawn when officers arrived. They tried to give him emergency medical care, but he died before being taken to the ...




Store clerk shoots, kills would-be robber

October 19, 2011

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Collier County Sheriff's officials say a clerk at a 24-hour food store shot and killed a man who attempted to rob her and take her 1-year-old daughter. …



Amendment to End ‘Fast and Furious’ Passes with Unanimous, Bipartisan Support

October 19, 2011

WASHINGTONU.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former state Attorney General, today issued this statement after his amendment to bar taxpayer funds from being used by the Justice Department to conduct gun-walking programs similar to “Fast and Furious” passed with unanimous, bipartisan support in the Senate:




Omaha City Council Looking at Changing Gun Laws

October 19, 2011

KPTM-TV
It states handgun owners must register their handguns and pay a fee per handgun while those who hold CCW permits can voluntarily register and not pay a fee. The state's Attorney General has ruled that Omaha cannot require people who have their CCW ...




Concealed gun permit may be easier to get in Fresno

October 19, 2011

The city of Fresno will consider an ordinance designed to make it easier for some residents to legally carry concealed hand guns.  Fresno City Council President Lee Brand introduced the "Citizen's Concealed Weapons Act" that will go before the council next week.  Brand said, "They have a right to defend themselves if the police, they can't be everywhere at the same time."  …




Homeowner pulls gun on two thieves in home break-in
(Good Guys:  +1; Bad Guys:  -2.  And, no shots were fired!)
October 18, 2011

WNDU-TV
Michael Morse was about to become the city's latest victim of a burglary. That was, until he pulled out a legally owned handgun on two thieves trying to break into his home around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night. ...




Man Fires Gun to Break Up Fight
(Bad idea!  What goes up MUST come down!)
October 18, 2011

WOWT
They say one of those attending the party, 21-year old Alen Sljivo, retrieved a handgun from his vehicle and fired twice in a possible attempt to silence the fight. Police say he wounded two friends: A 20-year old man who was hit in the left thigh and ...




Man accidentally shoots himself in the head
(Dude!  Say it with me: "Number One:  Assume every gun is loaded....")
October 13, 2011
WTSP 10 News
Seminole, Florida -- Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies say a 22-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the head while showing his girlfriend a handgun. Deputies responded to a report of a shooting and when they arrived, they found Chaz Ursomanno ...



Police investigating home invasion, theft, two women and four children
October 13, 2011
Buffalo News
Police are appealing to the public for information on two men who invaded a McKinley Parkway home, terrorized two women and four children, and stole several thousand dollars.  The men, armed with a handgun, entered the house at about 12:30 pm Wednesday and took turns putting the barrel of the gun against the heads of the two adults as they demanded cash, according to Detective Rodney Pietras....



Home invasion suspect shot in leg by homeowner
October 13, 2011
The Detroit News
The homeowner told police he retrieved his handgun after hearing the suspect break in. When the intruder confronted him, the homeowner shot him in the leg, police said ...




Woman with two children attacked in home invasion

October 12, 2011

Times-Standard

Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies are searching for two men who forced their way into a McKinleyville woman's home, ransacked her house, and stole her wallet, money and cell phone, after poking her with a handgun, all while her two children were home. ...



Buddy got hurt while man played with loaded handgun

(and the winner of the "Irresponsible Gun Owner Of the Day" award is...)
October 12, 2011

Waterloo Record

KITCHENER — A man admitted Tuesday that he accidentally shot a friend in the stomach while playing with a loaded handgun. The two men and other friends initially cooked up a story about strangers confronting the victim ...



Man points gun during road rage

(Wanna know how to ruin your Sunday afternoon drive at the beach?)
October 11, 2011

Daily News - Galveston County
GALVESTON — A Sugar Land man was charged in connection with a road-rage incident, accused of pointing a handgun at Galveston residents, authorities said Monday. Bruce Jay Snider, 51, was jailed on a $60000 bond on two felony counts ...




Jerry Brown signs bill restricting sale of rifles, carry of unloaded handguns

October 10, 2011

Examiner.com
This decision on the part of Governor means that, as of January 1, 2012, the fundamental right to carry a handgun will be denied to the vast majority of law-abiding California residents. It is essential that law enforcement officers understand that ...



Curses, Foiled Again

October 7, 2011

San Antonio Express News

Armed with a handgun and an assault rifle, Terry “T.J.” Newman, 25, and John “Pimp” Roberts invaded a home in San Antonio, Texas, and demanded money. Authorities said that when the homeowner’s son came out of a bedroom with his own assault rifle and started firing, the two robbers fled, leaving their getaway car idling in front of the house. They returned 15 minutes later for the car, by which time members of the household had armed themselves with a second assault rifle and opened fire. Police arrived, only to have Newman ram their patrol vehicle with a second vehicle. He was arrested and convicted of aggravated assault



Man shoots home intruder while family sleeping

October 6, 2011

Chicago Tribune
Anderson police say the 47-year-old man retrieved a handgun after being awoken about 1:30 am Wednesday and confronted the 18-year-old intruder. Police say they scuffled briefly before the younger man was shot once in the back. ...




20-year old woman robbed at gunpoint
October 5, 2011
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times

A man with a handgun approached a woman at around 4 am this morning near the 1300 block of Mary Jane Circle, according to Blacksburg Police. The woman, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, was getting out of her car when the ...



Appeals Court hold up DC gun restrictions
(Is it any wonder that DC has one of the highest crime rates in the US?)
October 5, 2011
CBS News

(AP) WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia can bar residents from owning assault weapons and require them to register their handguns without violating the Second Amendment, but the district must explain further why its numerous handgun registration ...



Emily Gets Her Gun

October 5, 2011
The Washington Times

I want a gun. I don't feel safe living in Washington, D.C. and want to protect myself. This series will follow me as I navigate the city bureaucracy and outdated rules in order to legally buy a firearm. …



At least 2 killed in workplace shooting
October 5, 2011
USA Today

The station says an employee allegedly showed up at the morning safety meeting armed with an automatic rifle and handgun and began firing. NBC Bay Area initially said three people were reported killed in the shooting. Original posting: The NBC station ...



Pittsburgh City Counsel fights federal bill on concealed handguns
October 5, 2011
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh City Council - long known for its tough stance on guns - demanded Tuesday that Congress vote down a bill that would require states to honor each others' concealed-handgun laws...




Elderly ND man holds Intruder at bay with handgun
(Way to go, Papaw!!)
September 30, 2011
Valley News Live
Her husband grabbed a handgun and held the intruder at bay until officers arrived. Police didn't identify the man. They arrested the 26-year-old suspect on felony charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief....




Gun crime continues to decrease, despite increase in gun ownership
September 29, 2011
Daily Caller
By CJ Ciaramella LAS VEGAS, NV
Despite increases in gun sales, gun crimes continued to decrease in the United States for the fourth straight year in 2010, according to the FBI.  The FBI recently released its Crime in The United States statistics for 2010. Overall, murders in the U.S. have decreased steadily since 2006, dropping from 15,087 to 12,996. Firearms murders — which made up 67% of all murders in the U.S. in 2010 — have followed this trend, decreasing by 14%.


Could a Handgun Have Taken Down a Dinosaur?
September 29, 2011
Washington City Paper
Handgun aficionados will make bold claims for the .44 magnum revolver, and I've heard that poachers in central Africa fabricate 12-gauge “elephant guns.  Given the giant reptile's speed, agility, and aggressiveness, you'll only get one shot....


Chased home: Mob attacks man in his house

September 27, 2011
Philadelphia Daily News
About 11 P.M., dozens of youths with bats and pipes descended on a tidy residential area of Port Richmond. Two fearful white teens spotted Mark LaVelle on Indiana Avenue near Belgrade Street and asked for help. Suddenly, the mob appeared. LaVelle, who said that he didn't know the two kids, who look...


Robber Shoots Himself While Trying to Pull Handgun
(Say it with me:  "Always, always, always use a holster!")
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
A Lancaster County man shot himself in the leg while trying to pull a handgun on his victim, deputies say. The shooting happened at 5267 Pleasant Plains Road around 11:30 am Upon the arrival of deputies, ...



Illinois Legislators Prepare For Potential Concealed Carry Vote
Chicago Defender
Next month, the Illinois House could revisit House Bill 148, seeking to bring the state in line with all 49 other states with a law giving citizens some form of concealed possession of a handgun.  The idea of being able to legally carry...



Colt Handgun Fetches Nearly $1 Million
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth
... surviving example of Samuel Colt's first revolver, produced by the legendary gunsmith in Paterson, NJ in 1836, according to Heritage Auctions. by Bruce Felps Someone identified only as “Silicon Valley mogul” certainly has a thing for rare handguns. ... 



Man accidentally shoots himself
Asbury Park Press
TOMS RIVER — A 77-year-old Baywood Drive man was hospitalized Tuesday after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach with a handgun while cleaning out his closet, police said. Police officers responded at 1:30 pm to the man's home after getting a ...



Yet another traveler allegedly had gun at Atlanta airport
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By David Ibata Yet another traveler found himself under arrest at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after he forgot he had a handgun in his carry-on luggage, Channel 2 Action News reports. David Gilmore, 54, was arrested Monday after agents ...



Right on target? Outdoors group just for women is set to celebrate
Bellingham Herald
The organization also puts together hunting trips for members and organized the first women's handgun shooting league. Since there were no rules, they made up their own. Now there are 85 members shooting weekly in handgun leagues throughout the area. ...


Walgreens: Pharmacist violated policy by carrying firearm he used to thwart ...
MLive.com

By John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press GRAND RAPIDS – Former Walgreens pharmacist Jeremy Hoven, who stopped an armed holdup with his legally concealed handgun, was not supposed to be packing on the job, the company's attorney told a judge Monday. ...


House Crime Subcommittee Holds Hearing on National Right-To-Carry Bill
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security held a hearing on H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 
The bill, introduced earlier this year by Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and cosponsored by more than 240 of their colleagues, would enable millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states.



Press Release from Sen. Hegar on SB 321 Employer Parking Lot
Senate Bill 321 takes effect, law abiding Texas gain the right to store firearms in their cars while at work...



CHL Holder Stops San Antonio Pawn Shop Robber
June 22, 2011
Jenna Hiller, KSAT 12 News Reporter
SAN ANTONIO -- 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 supect...



Man wounds self teaching girlfriend how to shoot
(Know someone who needs/wants to learn how to shoot? Pick up the phone and call us - that's why we're here! (Plus, Armed With Grace has a very strict "No Bloodshed" policy in place!)
(AP) A southwestern Illinois man's attempts to teach his girlfriend how to safely shoot a handgun went awry when he accidentally shot himself. St. Clair County authorities tell the Belleville News-Democrat that the injuries the Millstadt man suffered Sunday aren't conside...


Woman Accidentally Shoots Man as He Was Teaching Her About Guns
tribune-democrat.com
(Lesson One should always be safety...
1. Assume EVERY gun is loaded
2. Never point the muzzle of a gun at anything other than what you're willing to destroy
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot
4. Be very aware of your target and what's in front and beyond it)
FLINTON — A Flinton woman admitted to state police that she shot a man who died Monday inside a mobile home in White Township, authorities said. Dana Marie Jeffries, 30, reportedly told investigators she accidentally shot 38-year-old Donald L. Frye with a handgun...



Failed Carjacking Attempt Ends in Arrest of 23-year old New Braunfels Man
(New Braunfels, TX) -- A failed carjacking attempt this past Friday ended with the arrest of the would-be culprit, after he found himself on the business end...


Volusia man, 75, shoots self instead of snake
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("The snake got away." Safe, proper use of handguns = more dead snakes!) 
Breaking news from The Daytona Beach News-Journal, your hometown newspaper.


Loaded Gun Found in McDonald's Bathroom
What NOT to do while in a public restroom stall...


Security worker caught with gun in bag at airport
(DOH!!! If it can happen to a TSA worker, it can happen to you! Don't ruin your trip - LEAVE YOUR GUN AT HOME WHEN YOU HEAD TO THE AIRPORT.)
A Transportation Security Administration employee at Memphis International Airport was arrested by airport police Wednesday after he was accused of carrying a handgun into the main terminal.


(Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson stopped a bad guy today when he tried to break into the wrong home in broad daylight not far from Bitters and West Avenue. IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!  We can help you be prepared to protect your family in life-threatening situations like this. Give us a call or go online at www.armedwithgrace.com)
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He used a deer rifle to blast would-be burglar...



(Have YOU gotten to that point? Go to www.armedwithgrace.com and learn more about our CHL and ladies only classes.)
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“You hear about these home invasions, carjackings and things like that…I really think a lot of women have gotten to the point where they’re determined to protect themselves.”



Man Accidentally Shoots Both Friend, Girlfriend In Leg
("...was loading his newly-purchased .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun for the first time..." Dude! You NEED to sign up for one of our classes.  Want to learn more about your new handgun? Give us a call - we'll be happy to help. No ambulance required!)
SAN DIEGO -- A registered gun owner accidentally shot his girlfriend and a male acquaintance at a home in the Nestor area of San Diego early Wednesday but both victims are expected to survive, police said. Wednesday, August 17, 2011. 
 

 

 











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