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On May 11, 2020, the National Association for Gun Rights launched a new TV ad exposing Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls for his anti-Second Amendment rhetoric.

The TV ad can be viewed here.

In the ad, Nehls is seen criticizing the lawful carry of firearms inside of a church.

He told audience members at a Chamber of Commerce meeting the following:

I don’t know if any of you have a hogleg [gun] strapped to your side, but you’re in a church and you should know better.

Nehls’ made these comments in 2016, before Jack Wilson heroically shot and killed an armed assailant in the West Freeway Church of Christ in December 2019.

“Mr. Wilson’s fast thinking and accurate response stopped a would-be mass shooting and saved the lives of innocent worshippers. So why on earth does Nehls want to leave you defenseless as you worship God with your friends and family?” stated NAGR President Dudley Brown.

During his anti-gun tirade, Nehls also attacked Texas’ open carry law and threatened to use his power as Sheriff to maintain ‘gun-free’ zones aka criminal safe spaces. NAGR asserts that this position is “more like that of Beto O’Rourke than a Texas Republican.” In the ad, an image of Sheriff Nehls transforms into O’Rourke, who made waves for saying “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15!”

“We hope Sheriff Nehls will take this as a wakeup call and publicly apologize for his anti-gun rant,” stated Brown. “We hope he’ll reverse course because the last thing Congress needs now is another gun control apologist with an R next to his name.”

Troy Nehls is facing off against candidate Kathaleen Wall in the July 14th GOP runoff election. Wall returned the NAGR candidate survey 100% pro-gun and received an endorsement from NAGR copy.

The TV ads started to be aired on May 11th in Houston TV markets on the Fox News Channel.

The TV ad can also be viewed on NAGR’s YouTube page.

NAGR has positioned itself as a no compromise gun lobby which is willing to take establishment Republican to task during election and legislative seasons.

Its attack on Nehls is very much in line with its no compromise ethos.