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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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),… [Read More]