TALLADEGA, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst wants voters to know that he is pro gun rights.
According to our news partners at al.com, the District 35 Republican from Talladega is getting this message across by creating a parade float in the shape of a giant revolver. The the gun is actually a barbecue.
Hurst says the float is meant to remind people that he is a small business owner. Hurst owns a fencing company and also Haynes Street Pawn and Gun Shop.
It is also meant to remind people that he supports gun rights.
Hurst fought for and won a change in Alabama law, allowing homeowners to shoot an intruder. This right is often referred to as the “castle” doctrine. Gun rights seem to be a top priority for candidates this year. Also, many voters seem to be wary of gun restrictions, especially those imposed by the federal government.
Hurst said he didn’t have the federal government in mind when he bought the barbecue about a year ago. But he understands its political impact, especially as a candidate for re-election to the Alabama State House. Hurst said he has received no negative feedback, and many people want to pose next to the large fake gun. He also adds that he thinks it’s a nice barbecue.
Hurst was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1998. He faces Republican Steve Dean in the GOP primary on June 3.