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If there is any thing we learned from Greg Gianforte when he body slammed a reporter a couple of days ago, it’s that reporters are annoying! Granted, he shouldn’t have body slammed the guy, but you’d be lying if you didn’t laugh while you listened to the audio.

After signing a bill on Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tested a few guns and then jokingly said, “I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters,” while holding his target sheet.

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Abbott signed a bill at the shooting range that will lessen the cost of a carry license. He said, “The right to bear arms is something that is synonymous with the state of Texas. We are proud to expand the right to bear arms by lowering the cost of what you have to pay in order to get a license to carry,” Abbott continued, “Texans’ ability to bear arms is going to be even bolder today than it’s ever been before.”

The law, Senate Bill 16, reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry from $140 to $40 and the renewal fee from $70 to $40. A license to carry permit is valid in Texas for five years. The new fee will go into effect on Sept. 1.

Following the bill signing, Abbott tested out a few guns at an upstairs shooting range.

“I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters,” Abbott joked while holding his bullet-ridden target sheet.

The fee paid by license-to-carry holders covers the Department of Public Safety’s cost to administer the license program as well as $27 needed for county, state and federal background checks, according to the measure’s author, state Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville.

“They’re getting these licenses from out of state because our fees are so high. So what we want to do is remove that incentive,” Nichols said when his measure passed the Senate.

“It’s unbelievable [that] Texas is one of the most costly states in the United States of America to get a license to carry,” Abbott said Friday. “No Texan should be priced out of their way to defend themselves.”

Obviously it was a joke, and he isn’t calling open season on reporters…but you can’t help but chuckle at his comment.


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