Texas governor jokes about shooting journalists after signing handgun bill
By Andrew Shepperson
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds up his target sheet to reporters after firing off a couple rounds at an Austin shooting range. (Photo: Austin American-Statesman)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took some heat this weekend for seeming to joke about shooting reporters after signing a bill that will reduce handgun permit fees in the state.
The Texas Tribune reported Abbott signed Senate Bill 16, which reduces first-time handgun permit fees from $140 to $40 and renewal fees from $70 to $40, on Friday at an Austin shooting range and then fired off a couple rounds.
After the shoot, Abbott held up his used target sheet and quipped: “I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters.”
The comment did not sit so well with members of gun-control group the Brady Campaign, who had the following to say in a Facebook post: “The governor of Texas made a dangerous and out of line joke. We’ve seen time and time again these type of words insight violence. Words matter. #ENOUGH.”
Reporters Without Borders, an organization based in Paris, also criticized the remark, noting it was especially troubling after Montana Republican Representative-elect Greg Gianforte’s alleged assault on a Guardian reporter.
“TX @GovAbbott’s joke about using guns on journos completely