Home visit by gun rights advocate alarms Texas lawmakers

Home visit by gun rights advocate alarms Texas lawmakers

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FILE – In this May 15, 2015, file photo, Texas Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, talks to the media at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. A Texas gun rights activist drove to the homes of Republican legislators he blamed for stalling proposals to expand gun laws, prompting state troopers to monitor Bonnen’s, the now House speaker, family residence. Chris McNutt alarmed firearm-friendly lawmakers after driving to the homes of Republicans he blamed for taking no action on bills to further expand gun rights. Photo: Eric Gay, AP AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas gun rights advocate drove to the homes of three Republican legislators he blamed for scuttling a proposal to carry firearms without a permit, prompting state troopers to monitor the House speaker’s family residence. The episode rattled the firearm-friendly lawmakers in Texas, which already has some of the most permissive gun laws in the U.S. It also recalled a heated confrontation in 2015 between gun rights supporters and a Democratic lawmaker in the Texas Capitol, which led to the installation of "panic buttons" in the offices of some legislators. Chris McNutt, leader of a group called Texas Gun Rights, drove to the neighborhoods of the lawmakers last week. On Friday, he was rebuked by the author of the bill after reports of his visits emerged. Republican state Rep. Jonathan Stickland called the visits "some of the most concerning behavior I have witnessed in my time as a legislator." "Calling, writing, protesting, even showing up at the Capitol […]

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