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Gun law update: July 24, 2006

A whopping 83 changes to Texas gun law have been uncovered in the upcoming 6th edition of The Texas Gun Owner's Guide, due for release this summer. Many of the main ones have been described already in updates released by Bloomfield Press and posted at, but most were only found using the official "statutes affected" lists issued by the state.

"Texas gun law grew by more than 13%," notes Alan Korwin, co-author of the book. "This is similar to the growth rate we are seeing in other states we track, and if it doesn't stop soon, no one will be able to comply with the gun laws just based on sheer size." Advance orders are being taken for an expected ship date in August, with autographed copies available on request. The new cover is posted here.

News from insiders in Texas confirms that in the 2007 legislature, numerous changes are planned. The earliest effective date will be about one year from now. Chief among these is fixing the "traveling" law, which continues to put honest Texans at risk of arrest for possession of a sidearm without a government-issued license.

Even after extensive fixes in '03 and '05, some authorities still act as if the law says, "handgun = detain suspect," and let you resolve it in court. Everyone on our email list will of course get notices if and when things change. To help get this and other important changes made, join the Texas State Rifle Association.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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