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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The State of the Gun

Texas is a gun state. Lawmakers here are more likely to expand gun rights after a mass killing than to restrict them. And while there are proposals to buy back guns or restrict sales, state leaders in Texas are pushing to allow guns in places where they're not already legal.

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

Video: Gohmert on Guns

On this morning's edition of Fox News Sunday, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, rejected calls for stricter gun laws following Friday's tragic school shooting in Connecticut.

Richards Sets a Politically Fateful Course on Guns

Gov. Ann Richards wrangled a settlement out of President Bill Clinton by threatening to sue, Jan Reid writes in Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. This excerpt also looks at events that sharpened Texans' desire for more liberal gun laws and put them at odds with their governor.

A non-functioning 3d gun being printed in a residential basement.
A non-functioning 3d gun being printed in a residential basement.

Gun-Printing Project Catches Eye of Law Enforcement

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A group of civil libertarians led by a University of Texas law student wants to teach people how to use 3-D printing technologies to make their own guns at home. But the buzzed-about project has drawn the attention of federal law enforcement.

Voices for Gun Law Changes Quiet in Texas

Texas has some of the loosest gun laws in the nation, gun control advocates say. With towns like Cut and Shoot and Gun Barrel City, that's probably no surprise. But even in the face of recent high-profile shootings in Texas and other states, those on both sides of the gun-control debate say there is little likelihood that gun laws will change.

Ted Nugent performs with his band during the May 1 concert in Hidalgo, Texas.
Ted Nugent performs with his band during the May 1 concert in Hidalgo, Texas.

Video: Ted Nugent Unplugged

Ted Nugent unplugged: The rocker and Second Amendment defender weighs in on everything from Mitt Romney and the Trayvon Martin case to his theory that President Obama was raised by Communists. Viewer discretion advise

Ted Nugent at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Ted Nugent at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.

Ted Nugent: Bearing Arms, Cranking Up the Controversy

If you thought a little Secret Service investigation or a $10,000 bear hunting fine would tame the "Motor City Madman," well, you probably have never sat down for a chat with Ted Nugent. The Nuge talked to the Tribune about Mitt Romney, President Obama, sex, guns and, what else, himself.

Weekend Insider: Ted Nugent Talks

Rocker Ted Nugent is no stranger to controversy. He was recently investigated by the Secret Service over comments he made regarding President Obama. He has pleaded guilty to illegally shooting a black bear with a bow and arrow, and he has stirred controversy in the 2012 presidential race by saying Mitt Romney sought his endorsement. 

Reporter Jay Root sits down with the Nuge to get his take on these issues.

Find the full version of Jay's story and more in The New York Times and at texastribune.org.

Tribweek Friday, April 6th.
Tribweek Friday, April 6th.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/2/12

The first two parts of M. Smith's series on failing school districts (plus Murphy and Seger's interactive on how districts' characteristics relate to ratings), Root on lagging GOP candidates for president trying to shore things up in Texas, Ramshaw on a "fiscal switcheroo" to get federal money for women's health programs, Galbraith talks to a West Texas farmer about crop insurance and climate change and Aguilar on the money behind a lawsuit on long rifle sales: The best of our best content from April 2 to 6, 2012.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/22/11

Tan on coming prison school cuts and online sales taxes, Root on Rick Perry's support for tax increases when he was a lawmaker, Ramshaw and Serafini on what "Perrycare" would entail, yours truly on the differences between Perry and George W. Bush, Philpott on the passions of the Paulites, Murphy and Seger unveil the Trib's Texas Public Schools Database, Hamilton on UT's answer to calls for improvements in higher ed, Galbraith on predictions that the record heat in Texas will be a long-term problem and Aguilar on the legal shootout over gun sales in Texas: The best of our best content from Aug. 22 to 26, 2011.

Senate OKs Concealed Carry for Lawmakers

Texas lawmakers may soon be able to pack heat at church, the hospital, a sporting event or even bars. A bill that passed the Texas Senate today 25-6 would add all elected statewide officials to the list of people exempt from concealed handgun laws that prohibit carrying guns at these locations. 

Guns on Campus Could Cost Colleges

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Allowing students to bring guns to college could cost universities a pretty penny in insurance premiums — one of the hitches that is keeping the campus-carry bill stalled in the Texas Senate. 

On State Website, Calls for Vigilante Justice

Texans advocating extreme solutions to secure the border — including land mines and booby traps on farmland along the Rio Grande — have a new forum to share their views: a website launched by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples that allows ranchers and farmers to share stories, pictures and videos documenting their daily struggles with drug cartels and undocumented immigrants. But that's not all they're doing there.