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March 3rd, 2014

2013 Semi-Annual FBI Report: Crime Down

Texas Law Shield Members may not know it, but they’re part of a continuing, positive national trend: As Members and others buy more guns, violent crime continues to decline. At least that’s one inference we draw from the FBI’s semi-annual uniform crime data for the first half of 2013. Issued last week, the FBI crime

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February 28th, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Review Two Texas Gun Cases

Texas Law Shield was watching closely last week to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court would hear a pair of 2nd Amendment appeals lodged by the National Rifle Association. The cases were NRA vs. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and NRA vs. McCraw, both of which started in Texas and concerned the Second

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February 28th, 2014

Fernandez v. California Decision: Bad for the Fourth Amendment?

On Feb. 26, the Supreme Court ruled in Fernandez v. California that law enforcement — without a warrant — may enter a home even after the occupant objects to a search, as long as a co-occupant grants access. This reversed a 2006 ruling that stated that the denial of consent by one occupant was enough

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February 28th, 2014

Update: Cali’s San Diego County Sheriff Won’t Appeal ‘Shall-Carry’ Case

Following up on a recent Texas Law Shield post, on February 21, San Diego County (Calif.) Sheriff Bill Gore notified the County Board of Supervisors of his intention not to seek en banc review in the matter Peruta, et.al v. County of San Diego. James Chapin, senior deputy county counsel for San Diego County, said

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February 28th, 2014

Former U.S. Supreme Justice Stevens Wants to Rewrite the 2nd Amendment

Former U.S. Supreme Justice Stevens Wants to Rewrite the 2nd Amendment and take away our individual right to bear arms. If you don’t believe there are those who want to disarm America, look at this ridiculous position from a supposed “legal scholar.” Stevens’ upcoming book is Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the

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February 28th, 2014

Full Auto Machine Gun – Slow Motion

Texas Law Shield is about serious business, but we like to rock-and-roll, too. As our members know, we create trusts for Class 3 items like suppressors and other NFA-restricted firearms, such as full-auto rifles. But shooting full-auto anything is expensive, and most of us don’t get that many opportunities to cut loose. To get a

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February 27th, 2014

California Concealed CCW Count Could Rise over 44,000%

Texas Law Shield is gratified by how big the California carry-license count could become under “shall-issue” licensing — projected to be as high as 1.4 million during the first year. “Shall-issue” means local law enforcement can’t arbitrarily deny a carry permit. “May-issue” licensing, as applied in California, meant that local law enforcement had wide discretion

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February 27th, 2014

Sheriff Loosens Requirements for Obtaining CCW Permits

Texas Law Shield supports Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff Sandra Hutchens’ very recent decision to loosen requirements for obtaining CCW permits in her county. Normally, TLS wouldn’t make note of a county permitting change in a state where we currently don’t offer our program. But Orange County is responding very quickly and positively to the recent

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February 27th, 2014

Connecticut Gun Owners Refuse To Register AR-15's

Texas Law Shield has learned that many AR-15 owners in Connecticut didn’t register their rifles with the state when a new law went into effect Dec. 31, 2013. http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9682224 That law banned the sale of AR-15s in Connecticut. It also required owners of existing AR-style firearms to disclose they owned the semi-auto rifles. How many

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February 27th, 2014

Firearm Sales Boom

While Texas Law Shield strongly disagrees with anti-gun policies President Obama has pushed, we cannot argue that he has been great for gun sales. Since Obama took office, 66 million firearms have been sold, and sales remain strong. According to data released this week by BATFE in its Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report (AFMER),

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February 21st, 2014

Attorneys General From 19 States File SCOTUS Amicus Brief In SAF Case

Texas Law Shield firearms program attorneys have noted a lot of news coverage of concealed-carry court cases this month. First, it was the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finding that the Second Amendment secures the individual’s right to carry handguns outside the home for self-defense. Now, attorneys general representing 19 states have signed onto

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February 14th, 2014

Stay Trained, Stay Alive

At U.S. Law Shield, we are typically concentrating on what happens to our members after an incident has occurred. But we are aware that what happens as you’re forced to use a gun, can be the difference between life and death. While the circumstances surrounding a recent shooting by an officer tragically left a suspect

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