Tribpedia: Guns In Texas

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Texas is a gun-friendly state where lawmakers have been historically reluctant to restrict citizens' rights to own and carry firearms.

Firearms can be sold to anyone but minors, those known to have criminal intentions, and people who are intoxicated.

Use is barred in public places, across city streets, and in other situations.

Possession is legal except in specified places (churches ...

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Gun Rights Activists' Latest Strategy: Armed Demonstrations

Chris Way and his son Ryan, 2, participate in a march during South by Southwest in March 2014, an event led by the Austin chapter of the gun rights group Come and Take It.
Chris Way and his son Ryan, 2, participate in a march during South by Southwest in March 2014, an event led by the Austin chapter of the gun rights group Come and Take It.

Texas gun rights advocates, like their counterparts who argue for gun control, have been increasingly active in the wake of recent mass shootings, organizing hundreds of grassroots demonstrations across the state. Their effort includes a simple strategy: a public display of their weapons — sometimes in front of their opponents.

State Sen. Wendy Davis announces her campaign for governor in front of a crowd of supporters in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis announces her campaign for governor in front of a crowd of supporters in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013.

Davis Takes Friendly Fire on Gun Issue

Sen. Wendy Davis has riled conservatives with talk of gun restrictions. But now she's stirring controversy among fellow Democrats for embracing reforms that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns — even into the state Capitol.

More than a thousand turned out at the Alamo on Saturday, Oct.19 for a protest over local, state and federal gun restrictions.
More than a thousand turned out at the Alamo on Saturday, Oct.19 for a protest over local, state and federal gun restrictions.

Armed Protesters Rally at Alamo Over Gun Restrictions

Roughly a thousand people turned out at the Alamo on Saturday to protest current state law that prohibits the open carrying of handguns and other gun restrictions. 

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Evidence Specialist, Richard Castro, shows a firearm held as evidence by APD. The Austin Police Department’s evidence and seized property storage facility contains thousands of firearms from handguns to assault rifles dating back as far as the 1970s.
Evidence Specialist, Richard Castro, shows a firearm held as evidence by APD. The Austin Police Department’s evidence and seized property storage facility contains thousands of firearms from handguns to assault rifles dating back as far as the 1970s.

Law Enforcement Can Sell Confiscated Guns

For decades, weapons confiscated by Texas police were supposed to be repurposed for law enforcement use or destroyed. Starting next month, some will be available for purchase. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series. 

 

 

83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't

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Lawmakers raced to get several bills passed before the 83rd Legislature's regular session ended. And with Monday's announcement of a special session, their work isn't done. Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short in the regular session. 

 

House sponsor State Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, stands among House members during the consideration of a point of order on HB 972 a campus carry bill on May 4, 2013.
House sponsor State Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, stands among House members during the consideration of a point of order on HB 972 a campus carry bill on May 4, 2013.

Campus Carry, School Marshals Get Early OK in House

Texas colleges, universities and public schools could see more firearm-carrying students or authorities under two gun rights expansion bills that got preliminary approval in the House on Saturday. 

 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/1/13

Batheja on a House budget without vouchers or Medicaid expansion, Aguilar on obstacles to a new power plant in El Paso, Permenter on deer breeder regulations, E. Smith’s interview with San Antonio’s Castro twins, Galbraith on proposals for new underground water reservoirs, Root finds holes in a UT regent's appointment files, M. Smith on a planned school rating system that defied recommendations, Murphy maps oil and gas disposal wells in Texas, Dehn on objections to a bigger Medicaid program and Hamilton on efforts to lure gun makers to Texas: The best of our best for the week of April 1-5, 2013.