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March 4th, 2014

Man Arrested For Having Shotgun Shell In Home!

Never mind the gun (Remington 870) — even empty shotshells are illegal to possess in D.C. without a registered firearm for each chambering. There’s a case going on in Washington, D.C., that Texas Law Shield wants to bring to its Members’ attention for a couple of reasons. The first reason is to note the obvious

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March 4th, 2014

California AG To Challenge Pro-Gun Court Ruling

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris will challenge a federal appeals court ruling that loosened carry-permit requirements in the state, even though San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, the named defendant in the case that triggered the ruling, decided not to appeal. Unless overturned, the 2-1 ruling in Peruta would end arbitrary carry-permit denial by

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March 4th, 2014

Blind Man in Florida to Get Guns Back

Texas Law Shield applauds Judge John Galluzzo in Sanford, Fla., for returning a legally blind man’s guns after the blind man was acquitted in the shooting death of another man. Police confiscated John Rogers’ 10mm Glock along with a rifle used to kill a 34-year-old man during a March 2012 fight. Rogers was granted immunity

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March 4th, 2014

An Open Letter to E.J. Dionne Jr.

The program attorneys at U.S. Law Shield were disappointed to read Washington Post editorial writer E.J. Dionne Jr.’s February 19 article, “Repeal stand-your-ground laws.” He obviously doesn’t understand how the self-defense and stand-your-ground statutes in Florida and other states work, or he chooses not to understand to make a political point. We won’t try to

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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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