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Blue Lives Matter: Should Hate Crime Legislation in Texas Include Police Officers?

Blue Lives Matter: Should Hate Crime Legislation in Texas Include Police Officers Should the “Hate Crime” laws currently in place in Texas cover attacks on police officers? Governor Greg Abbott joins other politicians from Colorado to New Jersey saying YES. Governor Abbott wants the targeted killing and assaults of police officers to be considered a …

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Supreme Court Bans Gun Ownership after Family Violence Conviction

Should individuals convicted of minor domestic violence, or family violence charges, be allowed to own or possess firearms when the charges involve recklessness as opposed to intentionally or knowingly? This was the question posed to the Supreme Court in Voisine v U.S. The Court answered this question NO in a 6-2 opinion written by Justice …

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Serious Consequences for Repeat DWI: Texas Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Repeat DWI

Driving While Intoxicated or DWI is a serious issue throughout Texas and the United States. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), 1,555 alcohol related crashes occurred in Tarrant County, alone, in 2015. Of those DWI crashes, 37 fatalities, 122 incapacitating injuries, and 310 non-incapacitating injuries occurred. Due to the high risk of death …

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Where You Can Open Carry in Tarrant County (And Where You Can’t)

As part of our state pride and identity, Texans have a special relationship with firearms. Many Texans use firearms for recreational purpose, such as hunting and gaming. Others use firearms for protection and self-defense. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 15, 977 firearms were traced to Texas in 2014. Of those …

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Tarrant County Diversion Programs Strive to Reduce Criminal Prosecution

Leaders in Duval County, Florida are taking steps to reduce the burden on the ever rising price tag on criminal prosecution and incarceration of individuals. The cost to punish those who commit a crime is getting more and more expensive. Leaders are called upon to find ways to save taxpayer dollars while still allowing the …

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