Saturday, March 12, 2011
Texas State Rifle Association Convention
Hunter Safety being taught along with an NRA Rifle Coaching Class, Legislative seminar and others.
New Executive Director Steve Hall.
Fundraising dinner and auction last night.
Dynamic Duo: Land Commish Jerry Patterson and Senator Bob Duell.
Patterson rallying the troops. He gives a pretty good short speech.
Go figure. Nick Adams, Australian Gun Rights nut with his stunning Texas girlfriend. Now they are ALL going to want to come over here.
Gratuitous Cowboy gear wearing. It happens.
At the Mesquite Rodeo Center. Cute rooms. Gunshow scheduled at a different time because the Superbowl caused us to move the convention date a little. There were conflicts with already scheduled gunshow in the area. Normally the convention has a pretty good active gunshow along with it. It is scheduled later this spring.
New director, Steve Hall, a retired Texas Parks and Wildlife guy. Hoping for great things. Just listened to our lobbiest Alice Tripp talk about the three bills we are pushing in this legislative session: range protection bill, campus carry, work parking lot possession. There are other gun bills filed including an open carry bill but the TSRA is concentrating on our three. Some of them have been worked on for four sessions....and the legislature just meets every two years. Takes years to incrementally move things along.
Just a note: big corporate and company money opposes the parking lot bill. All university and college admins are against campus carry, just because. Range protection has some folks waffling around but not a lot of opposition. Drunk pistol-waving freshmen, pistol-wving employees! Blood everywhere!
Alice says we are slowly winning, but it is a very tedious and complicated process with many places for derailment.
She told a story about being sent a TSRA patch ripped from a jacket from someone who resigned because we didn't endorse the right Republican in a primary.
Grassroots. This is what it looks like.
Getting to see a lot of folks I like. Highpower and Service rifle directors are the best folks here.
Join the TSRA! They are responsible for every Texas Gun Rights bill passed in the last 30 years. CCL holders, notice!