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Houston Matters Highlights Conversations About Campus Carry

Posted on · During this fundraising week, we’re highlighting coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit time and again over the course of the last year, like pensions, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic. Today, we review the long road area college campuses […]

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Campus Carry Law Takes Effect Monday, University of Houston Prepares

Posted on · The state’s new campus carry law takes effect Monday (Aug. 1, 2016). Campuses across Texas have been preparing by establishing their own rules and policies as dictated by the new law. Privately owned colleges can opt out, but public colleges and universities must comply. We hear from Marcilynn Burke, chair of the University of Houston’s campus […]

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Should Military-Style Firearms Like the One Used in Orlando Still Be Legal?

Posted on · Four different gun-control measures failed to pass the US Senate Monday (June 20, 2016). The measures, in response to the deadly Orlando nightclub mass shooting, came from both sides of the aisle. They included proposed changes to background checks for gun purchases, expanding background checks to include private sales of firearms at gun shows and […]

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Gun Control Debate and Eradicating Mosquitoes: Wednesday’s Show (June 22, 2016)

Posted on · Four different gun-control measures failed to pass the U.S. Senate Monday (June 20, 2016). The measures, in response to the deadly Orlando nightclub mass shooting, came from both sides of the aisle. They included proposed changes to background checks for gun purchases, expanding background checks to include private sales of firearms at gun shows and […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Texas’ Open Carry Law

Posted on · Open carry has been in effect in the state of Texas for a month now. The new law allows concealed handgun license holders to carry pistols openly. But private businesses can ban it on their premises, providing — at every entrance — they post 30.07 signs, so named for the statute which requires them. Those […]

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Is Texas’ Gun-Loving Reputation Deserved or Overblown?

Posted on · Ask anyone: what’s the most boisterously gun toting state in the nation? Odds are very good they’ll say Texas. But new research suggests that reputation may not be entirely deserved. A study published in June in the health journal Injury Prevention examined gun ownership rates from 2013 in each U.S. state. While the ownership rate […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

3D Printed Guns and Mattress Mack’s Latest Bet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From making guns with a 3D printer, to Mattress Mack’s latest promotional bet, to a surprise awaiting some female patrons in the ladies’ room at a restaurant at Surfside Beach: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts is comprised this week of: Russ Capper, founder and […]

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What Are the Legal and Ethical Implications of Ghost Guns?

Posted on · 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 […]

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

Posted on · 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 […]