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How Will Open Carry Affect Residents, Businesses and Law Enforcement?

Posted on · Open carry is now officially legal in Texas. The new law, which took effect Jan. 1, allows licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But, there are some limitations concerning where open carry is allowed — as well as some concerns about how it’ll play out. We discuss the nuances of […]

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Why Are Some People Afraid of Guns, While Others Feel Safer When They’re Around?

Posted on · As the Texas Legislature takes on open carry and campus carry bills, psychologist Michael Winters joins us to contemplate what goes on in our minds when we enter a room, and we know someone there has a gun — and why some among us feel safer, while others feel threatened. We also discuss what’s happening psychologically when […]

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Should Concealed Firearms Be Allowed at Texas Colleges?

Posted on · Lawmakers in Austin are considering a proposal to allow students, faculty and staff with proper licenses to carry firearms on college campuses, including in classrooms. Senate Bill 11 has 19 co-sponsors. That’s enough to bring it to the floor for a vote. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appears to be fast-tracking the bill — it was referred […]

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Photo Series Tells the Stories of Women and Their Guns

Posted on · Houston-based fine art and documentary photographer Shelley Calton has spent the last few years taking pictures of women with their guns. Concealed is a photo series featuring about 80 Texas women and the handguns they use for personal protection. Every picture in the series tells a different woman’s story, from the business woman leaning on her car […]