Baylor Senate Approves Concealed Carry on Campus

On Thursday, the Baylor Student Senate passed a resolution to allow concealed handguns on campus.

Under Texas law, students with a concealed handgun license can store a firearm in a locked vehicle on a street or driveway, or in a Baylor parking lot or parking garage.

This bill would allow students, staff, faculty and guests with concealed handgun licenses to carry their weapons on campus.

The university administration opposed to the measure in a statement.

“We continue to believe that concealed handguns on our campus would introduce potential challenges to campus safety overall and make more difficult the work of our public safety officers,” according to a Baylor University statement.

The bill will now go to the student body president for approval. If he vetoes the legislation, the senate can overturn it with 2/3 of a vote.

The Baylor administration will have a final say to make this a policy at the university.


Make the Most of your Protection Firearm



Although the political debates surrounding the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution are long-running and heated, millions of Americans exercise their right to bear arms solely for the use of protection and defense of their families and homes. Maybe you’re an experienced hunter and are comfortable with firearms, but never considered owning one until now. With so many options, which is the best for protection? Does it even matter?

Most Popular Options

• Rifle: While these guns offer great stopping power, they aren’t always very effective in a home defense situation. They are difficult to aim and maneuver in close quarters and take time to reload. If you happen to live in more rural areas however, they would be an ideal choice to help fend off any pesky critters that happen to come your way. Something like the .30-30 Winchester Model 94 Short Rifle offers good stability and has a full clip with lever action for rapid firing if necessary.

• Shotgun: This weapon type offers incredible stopping power, especially at shorter ranges but has some drawbacks as well. If not used correctly it can leave you dazed, disoriented, and possibly even injured. The Mossberg HS410 is specially designed for home security (identified by the HS prefix) with a 6 shot capacity and good stopping power without excessive kickback or difficulty to use.

• Handgun: Usually the most common choice for home security, the right handgun combines good stopping power with maneuverability. Lightweight and easy to store, these guns allow for quick response in times of emergencies and are easy to learn to use correctly and safely. The Glock 21 is a popular choice with its reliability and simplicity and is used by both private citizens and police officials all over the world.

Whatever style and type of gun you choose for protection make sure you do your own research and testing to find the right gun for you and your family.

Safety and Care

While guns are effective for the safety and protection of you and your family at home, there is a reason they are so hotly debated. Knowledge of how to use a gun properly and how to maintain your gun after you purchase it should be your highest priority when looking to buy a weapon for home protection.

Police and security professionals make it look easy and hunters have been using them ever since their invention, but knowing how to use a gun correctly should always be first priority. Everyone has heard stories of accidental injuries and deaths caused by a lack of knowledge regarding proper handling or care of a firearm. Courses on gun safety and proper handling are offered in every state and can help you study and understanding. Make sure that everyone who might ever come in contact with your gun takes a safety course, especially children. Educating everyone early and often is the best way to avoid accidents.

Second to proper use should be cleaning and maintenance. While durable and built to last, guns need regular cleaning and upkeep to ensure they work properly and don’t jam or malfunction when you are depending on them the most. The NRA offers instructions as well as equipment and material to help you keep your gun clean and in top working order.

Your most valuable tool is your mind. Do your research and pick the best gun for you when looking for something to help you protect and defend the people and things that mean the most to you. And make sure you take the time and effort ensure that if you should ever need it, your gun will be there to help.

This guest post was written by Paige Calahan.

One In The Chamber

For many, carrying with a round in the chamber is a step that hasn’t been taken yet. The reasons vary, but it’s definitely an issue for a lot of people. In this article, I am going to discuss a simple thing that you can do to ease your mind.

If you came here to say something along the lines of “Carrying with an empty chamber is stupid” or “Why even carry if your pipe is empty?”, save it. This article isn’t for you.

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On The AR Platform

Andrew from Vuurwapen Blog posted this on Facebook last night and I thought it warranted a re-post here. He was talking to a friend who is an actual rocket scientist on the AR platform, and his friend said the following:

I think people forget that the AR platform is a 50-year-old design, it has been through all the testing to arrive at the configuration it is at. This includes material selection, tolerancing, quality assurance provisions (which would include nondestructive testing, inspection procedures). Because of that, people have become accustomed to the gun being relatively reliable save for some stories that invariably revolve around using the gun for what it was not designed, or that it was improperly maintained.

When someone starts from scratch in an attempt to build that gun, really just assemble a design, they can make it exactly the same from a visual standpoint. However, they do not have the testing procedures, the rationale behind the tolerances and the material selection, etc. sometimes, they cut corners or they think they are doing something better. I remember someone wanting to make an upper and lower out of inconel, and I couldn’t understand why. Heavy, expensive, just a crappy choice to make a lower and upper out of.

It reminds me of when a foreign country attempts to launch a satellite or some other rocket, and it fails on the pad or fails in midflight. We laugh and sneer at them. Everyone seems to forget that we’ve been doing it for 50 years, but it is still rocket science. It still requires all the knowledge for how to make the things, select the materials, put the property and quality assurance provisions in place.

I guess I’m saying that we’ve become so accustomed to things working that we forget where they came from and all the work it took to get them to the point where they regularly work reliably. And the scammers try to jump on the bandwagon thinking they can skip to the front of the line and make some quick dough off of the stupid people who don’t know any better.

And then you test and show that it’s just not there on a rifle that I am sure costs more than a Colt 6920 or even a 6940.

Bill Eliminating ATF Introduced In Wake Of Botched Operations

A bill that would eliminate the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and fold its duties into the FBI and other agencies was introduced Wednesday in Congress.

The bill, by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would impose an immediate hiring freeze at the ATF and require that a plan be submitted within six months on how to move its activities to other agencies.

The bill calls for eliminating the agency a year after the bill’s final passage, moving its functions into the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Treasury Department.

In a statement, Sensenbrenner called ATF “a duplicative, scandal-ridden agency that lacks a clear mission.”

“We can do the same job more efficiently for less,” he said. “At a time when we are approaching $18 trillion in debt, we need to demand accountability within our federal agencies and to take a closer look at cutting waste and redundancy.”

The ATF is the nation’s lead agency for enforcing gun laws, but it also has investigated cases involving drugs and violent crime, which overlap with the FBI, DEA and other agencies. The ATF also has civil enforcement functions, such as inspecting gun dealers and collecting certain taxes and fees.

The ATF has come under fire in recent years for ill-fated operations, including Operation Fast and Furious in Arizona and Operation Fearless in Milwaukee.

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