guns

From Texas Standard:

For roughly six million law-abiding gun owners in Texas, part of the routine of legally purchasing a firearm from a gun shop involves completing a federal background check. It's a pretty straightforward affair – or at least has been, until now.

It's no secret that Donald Trump campaigned as a champion of gun rights, but a Trump administration poses both welcome relief and an immediate problem for the gun industry.

For Larry Cavener, who recently visited a new gun shop called Tactical Advantage in Overland Park, Kan., this election means he can breathe easier.

"This means that we're not gonna be under siege for a few years, and it seems like it has been," Cavener says.

Why are the Feds Scanning License Plates at Gun Shows?

Oct 5, 2016

From Texas Standard:

Lewisville, Lubbock, Sherman – just a handful of Texas cities where there will be gun shows this weekend. At any given time, nearly a half dozen cities across the state host weekend gun shows where sellers, buyers, and collectors congregate in what amounts to a firearms bazaar of sorts.

Criticism over these events focuses on a lack of universal background checks for purchasers. But law enforcement agents have been tracking some gun show patrons’ license plates.


Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

All week long we’ve been putting the 1966 UT Tower shooting into perspective, telling you how the gun culture has changed  in the last half century.

In Texas, there’s been a consistent loosening of regulations, especially for handguns, that began some 25 years ago. 

The trend seems to coincide with people feeling like they need to personally protect themselves.   It’s a feeling that runs through Texas history.

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