Texas gun owners have reason to celebrate, as seven pro-gun bills became law last Friday. NRA-ILA reports that the following bills have all gone into effect:
SB 16, reducing the License To Carry (LTC) cost from $140 to $40;
HB 1819, revising statutes on the registration of suppressors to align with the federal Hearing Protection Act, as well as stating that non-NFA, short-barreled shotguns with a pistol grip are legal to own and sell;
SB 263, eliminating the minimum caliber requirement for demonstrating proficiency in the LTC course;
SB 1566, extending protection of lawful storage of firearms in locked vehicles to school employees;
SB 2065, exempting approved armed volunteers providing security at places of worship from the provisions of the Private Security Act;
HB 1935, repealing prohibition of knives such as daggers, stilettos and Bowies; and
HB 3784, allowing approved persons to offer online instruction for the classroom portion of LTC training.
First NRA Carry Guard Expo Draws 14,127 Attendees
By all accounts, the National Rifle Association’s inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo was a huge success. More than 14,000 people attended the personal protection and home defense show held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.
According to a press release issued by the NRA, more than a third of the visitors—as many as 6,400—attended one of the many seminars and workshops held over the weekend. Another 200 were on hand for the NRA Concealed Carry Fashion Show on Friday night. That event showcased 50 products from nearly two dozen exhibitors.
By all accounts, the crowds came out in force for this first-year event. “The NRA Carry Guard Expo exceeded even my best expectations,” enthused Marshall Smith, director of Trade Shows and Events for 5.11 Tactical. Nate Beard of N82 Tactical agreed. “We crushed our onsite sales projections due in no small part to the educated and focused consumers the NRA attracted to the show,” he noted.
Texas Sheriff Sends Strong Warning To Potential Looters
Disturbed by reports of looting in the Houston area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the sheriff in a nearby county is taking a no-nonsense approach to protecting the struggling residents of his county.
According to a report at townhall.com, Troy Nehls, sheriff of nearby Fort Bend County, indicated that those considering looting in his county should use caution, as such activities will likely not produce positive results.
“We've heard of looting around the greater Houston area, specifically Harris County. But as far as Fort Bend County, we haven't,” Nehls told Fox News. “I made a comment the other day that we support the Second Amendment here in Fort Bend County, and there are many of us that are armed. I would caution those that want to come and prey on our people here in Fort Bend County that are suffering so much right now, you may want to stay out of Fort Bend County because you could leave this county in a bag.”
He’s known in Orlando neighborhoods as a hard worker, appreciated for attention to detail in his lawn service. And the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that while he was tending to a lawn last Friday, three men pulled up in a red car, pulled out guns and attempted to rob him.
However, WKMG-TV is reporting that the lawn worker was also armed. He drew his handgun and shot at the suspects, potentially hitting one of the three. Two of the would-be robbers fled in the vehicle, while the third ran behind neighboring homes.
A neighbor, Shay Davis—who is also a firearms instructor—witnessed part of the incident. “I walked out after having a little lunch, and to see this is pretty crazy. He was an armed citizen and he was able to defend himself and get the bad guys and handle himself.” None of the suspects have been apprehended, and the investigation is ongoing.