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New Republican Majority in DC Gets Tough-ISH On Gun Rights

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Superman

Representative Morgan Griffith (R, VA) has introduced HR 131 The Interstate Transportation of Firearms and Ammunition Bill in order to “more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition.” The bill addresses interstate travel with firearms and ammunition and is meant to protect travelers who must past through firearms UN-friendly states on their journey from one firearms friendly state to another.

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Definition of INFRINGEMENT

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in•fringe•mentnoun \in-ˈfrinj-mənt\Definition of INFRINGEMENT1: the act of infringing : VIOLATION 2: an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege Examples of INFRINGEMENT1. any government action limiting freedom of speech …

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Why your ignorance makes me nervous

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No Guns Allowed

There’s a familiar phrase running through my head: “Why did I leave my gun at home? Why did I leave my gun at home? Why did I leave my gun at home?” It’s as steady as my racing heartbeat as I scan the rest of the store to see if the woman talking to the clerk has a cohort who is about to emerge from a bookshelf to rob the place.  She is staring me down like I will be her first victim only to periodically and quite frantically look over her shoulder to the shelves. This can’t be worth it. How much money could a book store have on hand? I guess they figure it is an easy mark due to that crossed out gun sign on the door.

Texas Gun Rights: From Liberty To Tyranny And Back.

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The following is a condensed, editorialized and updated version of the work of Stephen P. Halbrook in THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IN TEXAS: THE INTENT OF THE FRAMERS OF THE BILLS OF RIGHTS

1836 Texas Declaration of Independence and Declaration of Rights.
On March 9, 1835 delegate Palmer, chairman of the committee to draft a constitution, reported a Declaration of Rights which the convention adopted the same day. Article 14 declared: “Every citizen shall have the right to bear arms in defence of himself and the republic.” The same convention had already required able-bodied males to provide their own arms for militia service. Article 15 read: “The sure and certain defence of a free people is a well-regulated militia; and it shall be the duty of the Legislature to enact such laws as may be necessary to the organizing of the militia of this Republic.” This gave the Texas Legislature ONLY the regulatory power to ORGANIZE the militia, it was incumbent upon the people to arm themselves without Legislative power to dictate how they armed themselves, with what they armed themselves or how they bore those arms other than in defense of self and/or the Republic. This was a direct result of Santa Anna’s attempts to confiscate and/or restrict the wearing of arms which had sparked the revolution in the first place and a near perfect recreation of the events that lead to the United States’ Declaration of Independence and Constitution some 60 years before. In fact, there were many references to Santa Anna as the “George III” of Mexico and the Battle of Gonzales as being the “Lexington” of Texas.

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Texas Politics Meets We The People

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Come and Take It

This week saw the opening of the 84th Texas Legislature and oh what an opening day it was. It’s not often that you see armed Texans surrounding the State House, but Tuesday Jan. 13th that is exactly what happened. Texas is known for its “colorful characters” and the grassroots community working to restore gun rights in Texas is no exception. Now, I’m not talking about the big name pro-gun lobby like the NRA, GOA, NAGR or any of the numerous wanna-be power player groups, because they are all just as spit and polished as any other professional politician with focus groups and speech writers, etc. The people I’m talking about are the True Texans, normal everyday people who have taken up the fight for their rights instead of just paying one politician (lobbyist) to speak to another politician (State Legislators) on their behalf. These are not professionals in the political arena, but what they may lack in political expertise, they more than make of for with passion and commitment. That passion was on display at the Texas State House Tuesday morning.

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Open Letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott: URGENT UPDATE!

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UPDATE: Since writing this open letter to Governor-elect Greg Abbott a lot has happened, including the introduction of HB195, which is essentially a “constitutional carry” bill for Texas. See the end of the open letter for further details and information. Saddle Up Texas, your state needs you now more than ever.

Texas Monthly October CoverOriginal Letter: I will freely admit, up front and on the record, that I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of having you as my next Governor here in the Great State of Texas! That being said, your election to the state’s highest office is not the end of the subject, but merely the beginning of what is to be a lively debate, I’m sure. First and foremost in the debate will be the right to BEAR arms. Right out of the box, post-election, you said “If an Open Carry bill is passed by the House and Senate, I will sign it into law,” to which you added, “If Open Carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for Texas.” To that I would argue “open carry” is NOT good enough for Texas, but Constitutional Carry would be. Grassroots activism and involvement as delegates in the Texas Republican Convention produced “A Resolution in support of prioritizing Constitutional Carry legislation”. This grassroots initiative makes Constitutional Carry a legislative priority in the 2015 legislature and Constitutional Carry would appear to be at odds with your stated policy position or at least more comprehensive in its scope.

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An Open Letter to Mr. Sharpton

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Dear Mr. Sharpton,

I’d like to take a moment to remind you that Reverend, by definition is:
1. used as a title of respect applied or prefixed to the name of a member of the clergy or a religious order
2. worthy to be revered; entitled to reverence

and Minister, as defined means:
1. a member of the clergy, especially in Protestant churches; a man/woman of the cloth; a man/woman of God.

As a Christian, I’m having a hard time understanding how you hold such a title. How does one who, in my opinion, is so financially motivated to wage war on our very own soil amongst our very own people deemed a “Man of God?”. Greed is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and it sure does appear as if you bathe in it.

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Texas Constitutional Carry Bill: Blueprint For Other States?

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As the 84th Texas Legislature begins it’s 2015 session, one of the top issues up for consideration is a variety of firearms carry legislation. Numerous bills have been proposed, but one seems to stand out from the rest. House Bill 195 appears to be the closest thing possible to Constitutional Carry on a state level without the repeal of numerous federal gun laws. For states that do not have “constitutional carry” for example in Oklahoma, you can open carry if you have a concealed carry permit, this legislation could very well set a new standard for converting from permit required carry to constitutional carry. Due to the permit requirement, Oklahoma’s law is not “constitutional carry” law because you still have to pay the state and obtain a permit to carry concealed or openly. Basically, all they did is remove the “concealed” requirement for their concealed carry permit system. While HB195 will still maintain the Texas Concealed Handgun License, it will be voluntary rather than required. At this point it is important to maintain the CHL program for interstate reciprocity when people are travelling. However, under HB195 if you can “legally own a firearm” then you can carry it openly or concealed without a permit within the state of Texas.