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Austin gun shop owner wins fight to overturn bump stock ban

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by By Dante Motley, The – 2024-06-14 11:20:58

SUMMARY: An Austin gun shop owner, Michael Cargill, won a Supreme Court case overturning a federal ban on bump stocks. The court's 6-3 decision ruled that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) wrongly classified bump stocks as machine guns under legislation banning such weapons. Bump stocks enable semi-automatic rifles to fire rapidly. Cargill's case, supported by the New Civil Liberties Alliance, argued that ATF overstepped its authority. Justice Clarence Thomas stated that bump stocks do not make a semi-automatic rifle a machine gun. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, asserting bump stocks fit the machine gun definition.

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Inside the Interim: A conversation with Dallas lawmakers

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Texas conservation groups use new formula to show their value

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by By Alejandra Martinez and Carlos Nogueras Ramos, The – 2024-07-12 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Jenny Sanders, raised on Texas ranches by a wildlife biologist father, works to protect the environment in Lufkin, Texas. She coordinates various environmental projects, focusing on preventing the longleaf pine from vanishing. However, gaining donor support has been challenging due to insufficient data to demonstrate the impact of conservation efforts. In 2024, a report by Texan by Nature introduced formulas to calculate environmental benefits like water collection and carbon capture. This data helped Sanders secure significant funding, with Texas Longleaf Team receiving $825,000 in federal funding and nearly $1 million from private sources, enhancing their conservation capabilities.

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Allred punts on whether Biden should continue reelection bid

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by By Jasper Scherer, The – 2024-07-11 18:01:43

SUMMARY: U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, a Dallas Democrat aiming to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, commented on President Biden's poor debate performance, expressing disappointment but avoiding whether Biden should seek reelection. Allred, under pressure to address Biden's perceived lack of fitness for office, stated he hasn't been part of the conversations about Biden's next steps and remains focused on defeating Cruz. He has kept some distance from Biden, particularly on immigration issues. While some Texas Democrats like Rep. Lloyd Doggett have called for Biden to withdraw his candidacy, others have yet to clearly state their position on Biden's reelection.

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