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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Signs Lifetime Permit Bill

With the guns-in-parks bill all settled, Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee has signed another key piece of gun-rights legislation into law. A handgun carry permit in the state was formerly valid for a maximum of four years, but the new law allows residents 21 and older to pay $500 for a lifetime permit. Lifetime permit holders will be subject to automatic criminal background checks every five years.

This is good news for Tennessee gun owners who want to spend less time worrying about compliance for firearm laws and more time at the range.


An All-Time Low For Newsweek

In one of the most asinine attacks yet on the campus carry movement, Newsweek recently pontificated on whether legalizing campus carry will lead to professors giving better grades to avoid getting shot. “Will we soon see a new sort of grade inflation, with students earning a 4.0 GPA with their firepower rather than brainpower?” asks sociology professor Jessica Smartt Gullion.

The question is so preposterous it’s hard to know where to start. First, under the Texas measure being considered, only students who are 21, have passed a background check and have undergone training can receive a carry permit. Second, students with concealed-carry permits are already able to carry in other places, but disarmed when crossing a nebulous boundary onto a college campus. Lastly, since shooting a professor is a crime, if a student really wanted to do so, would a law against carrying on campus really stop him?


Do Texas Hunters Deserve A (Tax) Break?

Yesterday the Texas Senate approved a sales tax holiday for firearms, ammunition and other hunting gear purchases, set for the weekend before the opening of the fall hunting season. The House is considering an identical measure, while neighboring Louisiana and Mississippi already have similar holidays.

Marsha McCartney, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence’s Texas chapter, sniped, “I didn’t know the state was doing so well that we are just giving out new sales tax holidays. Why not give it to other Texans, as well?”

Oh, Marsha: In 2011, 1.1 million Texas hunters generated an economic impact of $3.6 billion, funded $1.1 billion in salaries and paid $498 million in taxes (NSSF, Jan. 2013). Clearly, neighboring states would like a cut of that action.

If you’re against such a vital Texas industry, perhaps your name should be the “Brady Campaign to Prevent Guns.”


Nutmeg FONRA Sets Another Record

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A record-breaking 1,200-plus NRA members and supporters recently filled the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Conn., for the 23rd annual Friends of NRA Nutmeg Chapter Dinner. The event raised more than $65,000 for the shooting sports. Friends of NRA events provide participants an opportunity to support the charitable goals of The NRA Foundation and enjoy the camaraderie of other law-abiding gun owners. To find a Friends of NRA event near you, click here.

Teen Hunter Facing Expulsion Returns To School

Sawyer Shepherd will be going to class, playing on the baseball team and even attending tonight’s prom. That’s good news for the high school senior from Missouri who was facing possible expulsion after leaving his disassembled hunting gun in his truck.

An anonymous tip called in to school administrators led to the teen being suspended pending review of his case. While any disciplinary action taken against Shepherd has been kept confidential, he was able to return to regular activities. He’ll also graduate with the rest of his class.

Shepherd’s attorney, Juddson McPherson, credits media exposure of the case for school officials doing the right thing. “We had supporters contact my office from all over the country offering encouragement, support and even financial assistance for legal fees,” McPherson said. “Without the help of supporters, it would have been a more difficult battle to get Sawyer back in school.”


Houston Man Kills Armed Robber

An employee of a check-cashing store in Houston, Texas, was walking toward the store’s entrance on Thursday with a bag in his hand when a stranger allegedly came up behind him and pointed a gun at the back of his head. The robber demanded the bag, probably assuming there was cash inside.

The employee, who was only carrying prescription medications in the bag, was able to draw his own handgun and fire four shots, killing his assailant on the spot.


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