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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Administration Might Ease Firearm Export Rules

According to a report by Reuters, the Trump administration is considering easing regulations that make it difficult for American gun makers to sell firearms to foreign buyers.

The Reuters report says that President Donald Trump’s aides are working on a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearm sales to the Commerce Department. Such sales are currently under the auspices of the State Department.

“The officials from multiple agencies, speaking on condition of anonymity, say the new rules will cut government red tape and regulatory costs, boosting U.S. exports of small arms and creating jobs at home,” the report stated.

We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

University Of North Texas Police Offer Calm Take On Campus Carry

The passage of campus carry in Texas has led to plenty of hysteria at places like the University of Texas at Austin. But up in Denton, police for the University of North Texas (UNT) don’t think it has changed campus life.

“We have had no incidents since the law passed, or since the law went into effect, of criminal acts by License to Carry holders,” UNT Chief of Police Ed Reynolds told the North Texas Daily. “We have had cases that involved weapons on campus, but the individuals that were carrying were not License to Carry holders.” Campus carry has been on the books in Texas for a full year at this point.

“People were uneasy about this change, but that was far beyond our control as a committee,” Reynolds said of the task force responsible for drawing up university policies in response to the new law. “So what we had to do was spend a lot of time educating the university committee as a whole.” He said that he had heard few complaints since the law went into effect.


Ohio Measure Would Smooth Out Carry Permit Disclosure Law

A measure that would reform the requirement that an Ohio concealed-carry permit holder notify a law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed handgun when stopped for a law-enforcement purpose has passed the state House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations.

Substitute House Bill 142 clearly specifies that the licensee, upon being stopped by an officer for a law enforcement purpose, is only required to present the carry license or verbally notify once requested to present their driver’s license. By clarifying this disclosure requirement, it gives motorists a clear set of steps to follow when stopped by law enforcement. 

The substitute bill also lowers the penalty to a minor misdemeanor, eliminates the possibility of a suspended license or imprisonment, and reduces the fine to $25 or less.


Ohio gun owners are urged to contact their state representative and ask him or her to support HB 142. To contact your representative directly, click here.

New Mexico Store Clerk Shoots Robber, Protects Patrons

On Monday, an Albuquerque Circle K clerk said a man walked into the store like “a normal person” … but with a mask on. That’s when the would-be robber told customers to get down, pointed a gun at the employee behind the counter, and told her to hand over all the cash. That’s when she countered with her own plan.

The clerk grabbed her firearm and shot the suspect in the torso. The robber, later identified as 23-year-old Ferron Mendez, stumbled out of the store and collapsed nearby. He was taken to a local hospital and is still listed in critical condition.

KOAT-TV is also reporting that police believe Mendez may have been involved in another convenience store robbery earlier the same day. In the meantime, the clerk’s name is being withheld to ensure her safety.

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