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Campus Carry Compliance

August 26th, 2016

Campus Carry
It is vital that all license holders who wish to carry on campus comply with campus rules and state laws. Here are some tips to ensure you carry safely and follow the rules:

  1. Check with your school for rules regarding locations where carry is prohibited. Here is a list we have compiled of the policies at some Texas schools. If your school isn’t listed, please check with them directly.

  3. Open carry is prohibited; license holders may only carry concealed on campuses.
    1. a. Concealed means not plainly visible to another person.

  5. Always use a holster when carrying. A holster should meet the following minimum requirements:
    1. a. It should keep the trigger completely covered
    2. b. It should hold the firearm in place
    3. c. It should keep the firearm accessible

  7. Practice with your holster, especially if you have never used one before. Consider training, either with an instructor or on your own.* At Shoot Smart, we offer our Holster Draw class and private instruction. Click here for information on available training.

*Always verify the firearm is unloaded before doing any practice, and follow firearms safety rules.

7 Things You Need to Know About the New Campus Carry Law

August 5th, 2016

7 Things You Need to Know About the New Campus Carry Law


Campus Carry is now legal in Texas and to help you navigate this confusing topic, here are 7 things you should know about the new law:


  1. Campus Carry currently only applies to colleges and universities. Campus Carry for junior colleges will take effect August 1, 2017.

  3. Students, teachers and visitors must have a valid License to Carry a Handgun.

  5. License holders must be at least 21 years old or 18 if they are active duty military to obtain a License to Carry.

  7. License holders must complete a state-mandated course that includes topics such as laws that relate to weapons, use of force, nonviolent dispute resolution, safe storage of firearms, firearms safety and holster use. License holders must also pass a shooting proficiency test and a written test. Click here for more information on the LTC course.

  9. Campus Carry only applies to concealed firearms. The open carry of firearms is expressly prohibited by Senate Bill 11.

  11. The dean, president or CEO of the school may establish policies and procedures regarding Campus Carry.

  13. The License to Carry class should not be the last step in your path to proficiency. If you plan on regularly carrying a concealed firearm, learning how to use a holster is a MUST. We recommend our Holster Draw class where you learn the fundamentals of holster use and practical application. Click here for information on available  training.


Many schools are allowing students to store firearms in residence halls, apartments or dorms provided the firearm is stored securely in some type of firearm safe. However, many schools will have common areas off limits, including collegiate sporting events, hospitals, patient care areas, laboratories, formal hearing areas, counseling and health services locations, childcare locations  and residence halls during summer camps.  We strongly recommend researching your specific school for their policy on Campus Carry. Here is a list we have compiled of the policies at some Texas schools. If your school isn’t listed, please check with them directly.

Shootout Match: Fall 2016

August 1st, 2016

Shootout Match: Fall 2016 Logo


This 2-hour match will test your speed and accuracy while you have a blast running through six unique shooting scenarios.


Participants will be entered to win a Glock 19!




TIME: 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM


ALLIANCE 10/5 – 10/7
GRAND PRAIRIE 10/19 – 10/21


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NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Cassie Shockey and Jared Sloane of Shoot Smart “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champions” in Firearm Safety

July 19th, 2016

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Grand Prairie’s Shoot Smart team, Cassie Shockey and Jared Sloane, “Local Champion” for efforts to promote community firearm safety. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


The Shoot Smart team was selected for increasing firearm safety awareness and preventing accidents within the community through multiple campaigns, including law enforcement partnerships, public educational presentations, and implementation of the local Own it. Protect it. Secure it. pledge which gained hundreds of supporters.


“If we can keep just one kid from accidentally accessing and discharging a firearm, we’ve succeeded. There are too many accounts of kids getting hurt or killed because they found a gun and played with it,” says Sloane. “We cannot teach or train the curiosity out of children (nor should we), so we have to take other measures to raise gun safety awareness and to make sure guns are locked and safe when not in use.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.


S.A.F.E. serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.


“The Project ChildSafe program was created as a tool to help provide firearm safety to the community and those the industry serves,” says Shockey. “It is our job to take the ball and run with it.”


“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Shoot Smart,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”


NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.


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2016 Youth Summer League

April 20th, 2016

Shoot Smart Gun Range Summer Youth League

Shoot Smart is once again hosting the Summer Youth League! This league is for kids aged 8 to 15 and will be offered at both locations. The league will meet on Tuesday mornings each week for six weeks.
All participants will use a .22 caliber pistol. If they do not have a .22 pistol the range can provide one for no extra charge. Participants will need a maximum of 50 rounds per week for 6 weeks. Ammo is not included; however, it will be available for sale at each range.
Team Regulations:
• Teams will consist of two kids per team, with a maximum of five teams. If children have friends on the league that they would like to shoot with, parents just need to let us know. Otherwise, kids will be randomly placed in a team.

• The kids will be split up into two separate age groups. The 8-11 year olds will compete against each other, and the 12-15 year olds will compete against each other. Each age group will be shooting at separate times on the range.
General Info:
• The participants may use personal .22 caliber handguns if they have them. Standard sites only; no optics allowed.

• The first week of league is a mandatory New Shooter class. If your child cannot make it to the first night please make arrangements for a private lesson instead.

• Four weeks will be competition shoots with different targets each week. The targets will be fun but also help the kids become more proficient. The last week will be a fun shoot that is not scored. We will also give out awards this night.

• If a participant misses a night they will receive the league average for that night as the score. We will not be offering makeup shoots during the league.
$89.99/person — includes New Shooter class (a $65 value!) specifically redesigned for kids, lane rental, gun rental, targets, fun shoot prizes.
7/12 to 8/16
10 am to 11 am for the 8-11 year old group
12 pm to 1 pm for the 12-15 year old group

Alliance and Grand Prairie

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2016 Take Your Daughter to the Range Day

April 19th, 2016

Shoot Smart Gun Range Take Your Daughter to the Range Day
Take Your Daughter to the Range Day is our annual event promoting firearm safety for girls, young women, and parents.
Shoot Smart is hosting this special event for girls ages 8 through 17 to experience shooting a handgun for the first time in a safe and professional environment, accompanied by the Shoot Smart team. Your daughter will begin her journey in our classroom by participating in a New Shooter Class teaching firearm safety, pistol parts and ammunition components, grip and aiming, and stance. She will then be taken onto the range to practice lessons learned. Your daughter will learn with a .22 LR caliber handgun and .22 LR caliber ammunition, included with registration.
Registration is $9.99 and includes instruction, firearm, 10 rounds of ammunition, target, and a goody bag.
Date & Location:
This event will be offered at both of our locations. Here are the dates:
June 5th, 2015 – Alliance
June 19th, 2015 – Grand Prairie
Sign up for one of the following time slots.
• 3 pm – 4 pm
• 4 pm – 5 pm
• 5 pm – 6pm
• 6 pm – 7 pm

Parents are encouraged to join their daughters in the classroom, and on the range to assist with safety.


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Thank You To Our Sponsors

March 29th, 2016

Shoot Smart 5 Year Logo
Thank you to all who came out to our 5-year anniversary celebration. We are humbled and thankful for all of the support over the last 5 years. The celebration couldn’t have been possible without the help of our sponsors. Thank you for everything you do.

Texas Law Shield
Staples Watauga Store
Immotion Studios
Frost Bank
Wells Fargo Bank
Action Target
Aguila Ammunition

We also want to take a moment to acknowledge our special guests.

Gabby Franco, Olympic Pistol Silver Medalist
Athena Lee, Top Shot competitor and USPSA Master
Giovanni Capriglione, Texas House of Representatives
Assistant Chief Leigh Deitrich, TCC PD
Mike Collins, City of Euless
Chief Gary Landers, Euless PD
Patrick Moore, Fort Worth PD

Here’s to many more!