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Thursday
Jan292015

Knife Rights Preemption Bill Introduced in Texas House

Gilbert, AZ: Texas state Representative John Frullo has introduced Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 905, that would rid Texas of its patchwork of local knife laws more strict than state law. 

Two Texas cities made Knife Rights’ 10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America list for 2014, San Antonio at number four and Corpus Christi at number nine. San Antonio prohibits carry of all locking-blade folding knives except on the job. There’s no local restriction on fixed blade knives.In Corpus Christi it is illegal to carry any fixed blade knife or a folder with a blade longer than 3-inches except when actually in use on the job.

In 2013 Knife Rights’ Switchblade Ban Repeal bill was enacted, legalizing automatic and gravity knives in Texas (Click for details on what switchblades are legal today in Texas).  

Knife Rights will let you know as soon as it is appropriate to contact your legislators about this bill.  

Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state. Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Utah.

ABOUT KNIFE RIGHTS
Knife Rights (www.KnifeRights.org) is rewriting knife law in America™, aggressively fighting for a Sharper Future™ for all knife owners. Knife Rights is dedicated to providing knife owners an effective voice to influence public policy. In the past four years, Knife Rights has passed pro-knife legislation in 11 states and prevented anti-knife legislation in four states. Knife Rights is also the lead plaintiff in a federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City.

For more information contact:

Doug Ritter
Chairman
602-292-0997
dritter@KnifeRights.org 

Todd Rathner
Director of Legislative Affairs
520-404-8096
trathner@KnifeRights.org 



- See more at: http://www.thetacticalwire.com/story/337911#sthash.RsPQCYA4.dpuf

Wednesday
Jan282015

Refuse to be a Victim

A 77-year-old man in Tyler, Texas, was at home in the early morning hours when he heard a suspicious noise and retrieved his shotgun. While investigating, he encountered a burglar, who lunged at him. The homeowner fired one shot, striking the interloper in the left side of his chest. When the responding authorities arrived at the scene, they found the suspect lying just inside the front door of the residence. The burglar did not survive his wounds. (KLTV, Tyler, TX)

 

 

Monday
Jan262015

Texas Legislature is in Session

As per our state constitution, the Texas Legislature meets for about five months during odd-numbered years.   The occasional special session, lasting one month, is added on at the end by the Governor.   Odd years are Legislative years.

84th Session of the Texas Legislature

Legislative Watch List via TSRA

Updated 1/25/15

Session began on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.  Bill filing ends Mar. 13th.

Top Priority Bills Filed to Date:

Open Carry Bills

HB 106 by Rep. Dan Flynn-Licensed open carry of a handgun (Identical to HB 291, HB 415)

HB 291 by Rep. Dan Huberty-Licensed open carry of a handgun (Identical to HB 106)

HB 415 by Rep. Debbie Riddle-Licensed open carry of a handgun (Identical to HB 106)

HB 164 by Rep. James White-Licensed open carry of a handgun

HB 910 by Rep. Larry Phillips-Licensed open carry of a handgun

SB 346 by Sen. Craig Estes-Licensed open carry of a handgun

HB 195 by Rep. Jonathan Stickland-Open carry of a handgun without a license

SB 342 by Sen. Donald Huffines-Open carry of a handgun without a license

CHL Related Bills

HB 198 by Rep. Dan Huberty-Relating to CHLs attending school board meetings

HB 226 by Rep. Ryan Guillen-Carrying a handgun by a CHL on governmental property (Identical to SB 273)

SB 273 by Sen. Donna Campbell-Carrying by a CHL on governmental property (Identical to HB 226)

HB 284 by Rep. Drew Springer-Lowers the caliber requirement for CHL handgun proficiency exam (Identical to SB 228)

SB 179 by Sen. Charles Perry-Lowers the caliber requirement for CHL handgun proficiency exam  (Identical to HB 284)

SB 311 by Sen. Donna Campbell-Makes changes to where a CHL can carry in PC 46.03 and PC 46.035  (Press Release)

HB 308 by Rep. Drew Springer-Places a CHL may carry a handgun

Hunting and Gun Ownership Related Bills

HB 206 by Rep. Jeff Leach-Relating to a sales tax holiday for firearms and hunting supplies

SB 228 by Sen. Brandon Creighton-an exemption from sales tax for firearms and hunting for a limited period

SJR 22 by Sen. Brandon Creighton-Relating to the right to hunt and fish-constitutional amendment. (Similar to HJR 61)

HJR 61 by Rep. Trent Ashby-Proposed constitutional amendment the right to hunt and fish. (Similar to SJR 22)

TSRA Opposed Bills

SB 256 by Sen. Rodney Ellis-Relating to an offense for the unlawful possession or transfer of a large-capacity magazine

SB 257 by Sen. Rodney Ellis-Relating reporting a lost or stolen firearm, creating an offense with criminal penalties

SB 258 by Sen. Rodney Ellis-Relating to creation of offenses concerning firearm sales at gun shows

SB 259 by Sen. Rodney Ellis- Relation to criminal history background checks for all firearm transfers

Saturday
Jan242015

Constitutional Carry Legislation Introduced in Texas

 

Texas is a state where people care about their freedom, their individualism, and their constitutional rights.

 

So it is great news that Representative Jonathan Stickland (Dist. 92) has introduced House Bill 195, which would make Texas the seventh “constitutional carry” state in the country.

The concept of “constitutional carry” is simple:  An individual’s ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn’t depend on a “permit” from the government.

You don’t need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government’s okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family?

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license.  Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.  In fact, these are some of the safest places in America.

House Bill 195 would add Texas to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states.

Make no mistake about it.  Under House Bill 195, if a criminal carried a gun in connection with a crime, he has committed a crime and is going to prison.

But that’s just the point:  If law enforcement is allowed to focus on the “bad guys,” rather than the enforcement of silly counter-productive, unconstitutional nitpicking, crime will go down.

Crime will also go down if criminals have to consider the possibility that their victims could be armed and could shoot back. It’s no surprise that the “dog that didn’t bark” — the mass murders that were planned but never occurred — happened in places like the Appalachian School of Law or Pearl High School in Mississippi.  In these places, citizens with guns stopped horrific crimes.

Texas could soon join them on the list of states where people are allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves without asking “May I?” from the government.

ACTION:  Urge your state representative to cosponsor and support House Bill 195.

HOW TO CONTACT-WRITE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE. 

  1. Proceed to http://cqrcengage.com/gunowners
  2. Enter your zip code in the box provided under “Find Your Elected Officials” on the lower right.  (Preferably, you should enter your nine-digit zip code to get the best answer.)
  3. Scroll down and click on the name of your state representative.
  4. Click on your representative’s website, which will be found under his or her name (upper left).
  5. Find and click on the representative’s email address or webform.
  6. Take the pre-written letter below and cut-n-paste this into the email or webform.

——- “go by” letter ——-

Dear Representative:

Please cosponsor and support House Bill 195, introduced by Representative Jonathan Stickland.

The concept of “constitutional carry” is simple:  An individual’s ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn’t depend on a “permit” from the government.

You don’t need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government’s okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family?

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license.  Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.  In fact, these are some of the safest places in America.

House Bill 195 would add Texas to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states.

Make no mistake about it.  Under House Bill 195, if a criminal carried a gun in connection with a crime, he has committed a crime and is going to prison.

But that’s just the point:  If law enforcement is allowed to focus on the “bad guys,” rather than the enforcement of silly counter-productive, unconstitutional nitpicking, crime will go down.

Crime will also go down if criminals have to consider the possibility that their victims could be armed and could shoot back. It’s no surprise that the “dog that didn’t bark” — the mass murders that were planned but never occurred — happened in places like the Appalachian School of Law or Pearl High School in Mississippi.  In these places, citizens with guns stopped horrific crimes.

Texas could soon join them on the list of states where people are allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves without asking “May I?” from the government.

Again, please cosponsor HB 195.

Sincerely,

Saturday
Jan172015

SHOT Show 2015 

 

For those of you who do not know, the shooting, hunting, and outdoors trade show, known simply as “SHOT”, is a yearly trade show being held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Since SHOT is not open to the general public, one must be involved in the industry in some manner (and give proof) to attend.  Once one obtains their pass, the doors to the largest trade show of its kind is opened up to people not only nationwide, but from across the world to mingle, network, buy, and much more.  Being the largest trade show of its kind comes with all sorts of record breaking and jaw dropping facts, which include – but are not limited to – those listed below:

  • In 2013, SHOT Show contributed $73 million dollars to the Las Vegas economy.
  • There are over 12 miles of aisles within the exhibitor space.
  • There are 1,600 exhibitors to view.
  • SHOT Show is the 16th largest trade show in the United States.
  • Media personnel, exhibitors, and buyers travel from 100 different countries and all 50 states to attend.
  • Firearms and ammunition are a $6 billion dollar industry, with an economic impact of $38 billion dollars.
  • SHOT Show is the 5th largest trade show in Las Vegas, and the largest event held in the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
  • It would take almost 11 football fields to cover all of the exhibitor space at the show.
  • SHOT Show supports more than 245,000 jobs.
  • SHOT Show funds the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation), whose purpose is to preserve and promote hunting and shooting sports for people of all ages.
  • Square footage for this years show is expected to be in excess of 630,000 square feet.
  • The very first SHOT Show was held in St. Louis, MO in 1979.
  • It is estimated that 70,000+ industry professionals will attend SHOT this year.
  • Law enforcement related exhibitors continue to prove to be the largest growing part of SHOT.

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