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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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Would Banning Guns in Dorms Violate the New Campus Carry Law?

Posted on · Texas’ many publicly funded colleges and universities are in the midst of forming their policies for how the state’s new campus carry law will be implemented at their respective campuses (private schools have the ability to opt out of the law). While universities are not allowed to come up with a plan that would “generally prohibit” guns on […]

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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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Open Carry in Effect and Attracting Millennials: Monday’s Show (January 4, 2016)

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. On today’s Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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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 […]

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Warm Weather, Guns at Airports, and Marrying Yourself: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From unseasonably mild temperatures in Houston (while the northeast prepared for the blizzard of the century), to a high number of firearms confiscated at Houston airports, to a Houston woman marrying herself: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts consists of: Houston Chronicle writer […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]