Texas Law Shield Salutes Mary Shepard

Texas Law Shield salutes Mary Shepard, 74, who was the lead plaintiff in Shepard v. Madigan, the legal fight in Illinois that helped end the state’s ban on concealed carry. This week, Ms. Shepard received one of the state’s first permits to carry a handgun in public. She deserves a hearty round of applause. Shepard …

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Voters in Three States Want National Gun Registry!

Texas Law Shield is disturbed, but not surprised, by the results of a poll released Tuesday that shows large majorities of people in Virginia, New York, and New Jersey supporting a national gun registry. The joint survey, conducted by Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey, Roanoke College in Virginia, and Siena College in New York, shows that …

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Man Arrested For Having Shotgun Shell In Home!

Never mind the gun (Remington 870) — even empty shotshells are illegal to possess in D.C. without a registered firearm for each chambering. There’s a case going on in Washington, D.C., that Texas Law Shield wants to bring to its Members’ attention for a couple of reasons. The first reason is to note the obvious …

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California AG To Challenge Pro-Gun Court Ruling

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris will challenge a federal appeals court ruling that loosened carry-permit requirements in the state, even though San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, the named defendant in the case that triggered the ruling, decided not to appeal. Unless overturned, the 2-1 ruling in Peruta would end arbitrary carry-permit denial by …

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Blind Man in Florida to Get Guns Back

Texas Law Shield applauds Judge John Galluzzo in Sanford, Fla., for returning a legally blind man’s guns after the blind man was acquitted in the shooting death of another man. Police confiscated John Rogers’ 10mm Glock along with a rifle used to kill a 34-year-old man during a March 2012 fight. Rogers was granted immunity …

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An Open Letter to E.J. Dionne Jr.

The program attorneys at U.S. Law Shield were disappointed to read Washington Post editorial writer E.J. Dionne Jr.’s February 19 article, “Repeal stand-your-ground laws.” He obviously doesn’t understand how the self-defense and stand-your-ground statutes in Florida and other states work, or he chooses not to understand to make a political point. We won’t try to …

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2013 Semi-Annual FBI Report: Crime Down

Texas Law Shield Members may not know it, but they’re part of a continuing, positive national trend: As Members and others buy more guns, violent crime continues to decline. At least that’s one inference we draw from the FBI’s semi-annual uniform crime data for the first half of 2013. Issued last week, the FBI crime …

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U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Review Two Texas Gun Cases

Texas Law Shield was watching closely last week to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court would hear a pair of 2nd Amendment appeals lodged by the National Rifle Association. The cases were NRA vs. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and NRA vs. McCraw, both of which started in Texas and concerned the Second …

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Fernandez v. California Decision: Bad for the Fourth Amendment?

On Feb. 26, the Supreme Court ruled in Fernandez v. California that law enforcement — without a warrant — may enter a home even after the occupant objects to a search, as long as a co-occupant grants access. This reversed a 2006 ruling that stated that the denial of consent by one occupant was enough …

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