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Ghost Guns, and Performance-Based College Funding: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

As the new session of the Texas Legislature got underway Tuesday, gun rights advocates held a rally at the state capitol with a machine capable of building firearms with 3D-printing technology. These so-called “ghost guns” have no serial numbers. The event was part of a push to get rid of the state’s handgun licensing requirements […]

As the new session of the Texas Legislature got underway Tuesday, gun rights advocates held a rally at the state capitol with a machine capable of building firearms with 3D-printing technology. These so-called “ghost guns” have no serial numbers. The event was part of a push to get rid of the state’s handgun licensing requirements during the 2015 session.

On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the ethical and legal implications of making firearms with 3D printers.

Then, we turn to a local photographer to discuss her project featuring photos of Texas women with their firearms.

Also: A new proposal from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board would tie part of funding for the state’s four-year universities to certain performance criteria, such as graduation rates. We discuss the program and a study that serves as a cautionary tale for this education model.

And: an exhibit at the Menil takes a visual arts approach to the non-violent teachings of Mohandas Gandhi.

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