Alamo

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

The Alamo is Texas and some big moves by the state are making people wonder what the future may hold for this reverent place.

The General Land Office (GLO), which has maintained the Alamo since 2011, just kicked the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) out of the day-to-day administration of the shrine. The DRT had been involved with the Alamo since 1905.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

This week on Fronteras:

-- Texas lawmakers are fast-tracking laws that would allow licensed residents to carry guns more openly and on college campuses.

-- National attention on the police shooting deaths of young black and brown men prompts student lessons on how to be safe.

-- An Iraqi immigrant is shot and killed in Dallas. The killing raises disturbing questions.

-- The history of frontier guns and why people feel a connection with firearms.

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

Thanks to Hollywood, most Americans have seen a few frontier firearms.

In the movie “Unforgiven,” Clint Eastwood’s character wielded a 10-gauge, double barrel shotgun as he tracked down the town bully, Little Bill.

James Arness, as Sheriff Matt Dillon on “Gunsmoke,” holstered a Colt .45 as he brought bad guys to justice.

John Wayne’s Davey Crockett blasted away with a Kentucky Flintlock as he tried to defend the Alamo.

Now, at the Alamo, an exhibit with more than four dozen weapons, tells the story of frontier firearms.  It shows how they evolved from single-shot Flintlocks in 1836 at the siege of the Alamo, to modern weapons just 40 years later.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

The state of Texas is making a major change to the management of the iconic landmark the Alamo. The General Land Office is ending its contract with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to run the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

The state of Texas is making a major change to the management of the iconic landmark the Alamo. The General Land Office is ending its contract with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to run the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

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