Alabama Lawmaker Shows Love of Guns, Barbecue in Big Way

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 07:49 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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An Alabama Republican lawmaker running for reelection wants voters to know he supports the Second Amendment, and he's showing how much in a bigger-than-usual way.

Rep. Steve Hurst, of Talladega, tows a giant revolver behind his pickup truck when he's riding through parades in the state, reports The Birmingham News. But it isn't just a decoration. It's a gun-shaped barbecue.

Alabama lawyer Greg Varner tweeted his support and shared a photo of the giant gun:



Hurst told the newspaper his float has even more purposes. He said it reminds people that he is a small-business owner and that he supports gun rights.

Hurst owns a fencing company and also the Haynes Street Pawn and Gun Shop, where he sells guns with a business partner.

Hurst is known for pushing through and winning a change in the state's "castle" doctrine, and as a result, homeowners are no longer required to flee from a home intruder but may now shoot the invader.

But while gun rights are a priority in the 2014 midterm federal elections, Hurst said he was not thinking about the federal government when he bought the big grill. Now he said he sees that it has a huge political impact as he runs for reelection to the Alabama House.

Hurst said his unusual parade float hasn't received any negative feedback, and people line up to pose next to the large fake gun. Further, he noted, it's a pretty good grill.

He has been in the Alabama House of Representatives since 1998, and faces Republican challenger Steve Dean in the GOP primary on June 3.

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