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From NAGR:

The National Association for Gun Rights launched a new TV ad Monday exposing Fort Bend County (Texas) Sheriff Troy Nehls for his attacks on the Second Amendment.

In the TV ad, which may be viewed here, Nehls can be seen denouncing the lawful carry of firearms inside of a church, telling audience members at a Chamber of Commerce meeting:

“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’ comments were made in 2016, before hero concealed carrier Jack Wilson shot and killed an armed intruder in the West Freeway Church of Christ in December of 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?” said NAGR President Dudley Brown.

During his remarks, Nehls also attacked Texas’ open carry law and threatened to abuse his power as Sheriff to preserve other deadly ‘gun-free’ zones, a position more like that of Beto O’Rourke than a Texas Republican. In NAGR’s ad, an image of Sheriff Nehls morphs into Beto, who is known 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,” said 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 faces fellow Republican candidate Kathaleen Wall in the July 14th GOP runoff election. Wall returned the National Association for Gun Rights candidate survey 100% pro-gun.

The TV ads will begin airing May 11th in the Houston TV markets on the Fox News Channel. The TV ad may also be viewed online at NAGR’s YouTube page.


The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no-compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members and supporters nationwide.

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  1. Churchgoers ought to “know better”?

    Nehemiah, upon learning of his true heritage and the condition of his home country, petitioned King Artaxerxes (the ruler of the known Mideastern world at the time) for permission to return to Judah and rebuild the city. As he and his men began repairing the outer walls as the first phase of the project, he instructed everyone to work while armed, in light of the surrounding peoples who didn’t want to see the city rebuilt and hated the Israelites. From Nehemiah Ch. 4:

    ” 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.
    7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry.
    8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.
    9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
    [emphasis added]

    It would be absolutely foolish to invite all comers to worship and fellowship, and not provide consideration for their safety. This Sheriff is clueless.

    • Amen…furthermore the same GOD appears in The Revelation of JESUS CHRIST. “In righteousness he doth judge and make war”. No Nehemiah-no return of the Jews-no JESUS. Lot’s of gun-toting folks at my church.

    • The Sheriff said “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.”?

      What would Jesus say about this? If I recall my Luke 22 at the Last Supper, following the cock crowing and betrayal warning to Peter:

      “Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”

      “Nothing,” they answered.

      He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’ ; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

      The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

      “That’s enough!” he replied.” -New International Version

  2. And people are mad at me because I don’t consider myself a Republican. Modern Republicans are liberals.

      • Maybe you should go back and check my comments when Obama was president?

        I have a few Ron Paul 2008 shirts if you would like one.

        • Does one of those shirts say ” I was in Congress 22 years and never sponsored a single bill!”

        • @GS
          You say it as if not sponsoring new bills was a bad thing. We have way more laws than we need as it is. There should be rule that each new bill names a law that gets striken down to stop constant growth of the pile of laws which no one is able to read, not mentioning to know and follow.

    • Nobody’s mad at you, Chief, and certainly not because you’re not a Republican. You just say dumb things that most of us ignore. Like the weird kid at the end of the street who always follows the group around, saying absurdities in the attempt to get attention. Over time, even as you continue to ignore him, you start to feel sorry for him because he’s trying so hard, yet remains awkward and unwanted.

    • The Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats simply in other ways. Texas in particular is all hat and no cattle. They are pretty anti gun and anti freedom. But hey, its Republicans doing it so it is ok. Just ask the posters on TTAG. Of course getting anyone here to admit they are part of the problem is like talking to your typical Liberal they claim to hate. Ironically they act the same way by trying to justify the actions or sticking their fingers in their ears and claiming they can’t hear you.

      • They want Democrats to leave their party and become Republicans, but then they ignore the fact that a bunch of new Republicans are Democrats. There are a lot of pro police state Democrats who call themselves Republicans. Donald Trump was a Democrat until he wanted to run for president to get back at Obama for making fun of him.

        • I personally find both the Democrat and Republican Parties equally useless. They both hate freedom and they both loathe the armed citizen. This coronavirus scare should of been a wakeup call for many people. Unfortunately the people just complain instead of actually doing anything to change it.

        • Dempublicans or Republicats I’ see no difference. Now if we can just figure out what church gets us to heaven

        • Republican or Democrat? Left or right? Guess what!? It doesn’t matter which “side” your on! Hasn’t for years. Not since JFK was assassinated. Its a bipartisan system for a reason! Ever read The Art of War? Divide and conquer the more divided we are the easier to control! People really need to stop following the heard and take the time to really look around at what’s happening as a whole. Too many just pay attention to their little bubble and as long as nothing big pops it. They don’t notice if someone pulls a little air out here and there! Especially if its to keep their bubble safe from popping right!? Its your bubble there’s plenty of room right!? I promise you no matter how squeaky clean you think you are. Every single person thats commented here has in the past week broken the law in some facet or another and doesn’t even know it! Eventually that bubble of yours is going to be yourcage. Maybe not this week or year but sooner than later it’ll be You even wiggle and some offical or agency will pop your official armored law protected “safe” bubble and turn it into a cage! And your ignoramus gluteus maximus will be looking around wondering Wtf happened. Wake up people before it gets much later! you already done slept past noon!

      • What do you know about Texas? You read some stuff online now you’re some kind of big Texas officianado huh?

    • I guarantee you that isn’t why they’re mad at you. Laying off the insults and the constant skin color obsession talk would probably help. I have plenty of friends and relatives that are democrats. Heck, I was raised by politically active ones.

    • Assume for a moment your are correct (and you aren’t) then modern Democrats are virulent Communists/Marxists of the most death favoring type. Come to think of it, you are still wrong, and I am for the most part still right.

  3. Just another politician with a badge! After the speech, he probably went home and shined up his jack boots!

  4. I sometimes wonder what the IQ is of these type of people. Do they ever stop to ponder the possibility that they might not be in office the rest of their careers, or on the “correct” affiliation side of a future wanna be tyrant?

    • They’re in safe seats. They don’t have to worry. The amount of politicians, relatively speaking, who have to worry about losing an election is tiny. The system has set itself up to avoid change.

      • Correct you are. Extremely high percentages of incumbents are re-elected forever. The system they created ensures that fact continues. Despite resisting the idea my entire life, I have determined the only answer is to start with term limits. Next, take away their being sheltered from personal lawsuits for actions they take while in office. You want to see some turnaround in behavior, begin with those two items. Never happen of course since they control the game. “Let’s play a game and I get to make the rules; I will win every time.”

    • Chapo ,thoughts of his future career was probably the main reason he planned the speech

  5. Kathleen Wall has been running nonstop television ads. Almost as many as Bloomberg was running. And she’s running as a female Trump, every other reference is either to the Bible or to Trump. As in, “Trump needs this Wall so he can build that wall”. She’s some megarich businesswoman.

    Never seen a Nehls ad. Never heard of him. But looking at his webpage he claims to stand 100% with Trump, and on the 2A he says “Our constitutional right to keep and bear arms is one of our most foundational freedoms. Not only does it give Americans the right to protect their family and loved ones from harm but it’s also a deterrent to tyrannical government. I’m 100% pro-2A, endorsed by NRA board members, and as Sheriff famously told looters to stay out of Ft. Bend County because we believe in the 2nd Amendment and many of us are well armed, and they may leave in a body bag. In Congress, I will fight the gun grabbing socialists and always defend our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. “

    • “endorsed by NRA board members”. That is obviously not a selling point to me and many who are not renewing our NRA memberships till they give Wayne the boot.

    • “endorsed by the NRA” is enough to make me choke. They have sold out more than I can explain in a comment. Now, you CANNOT be “pro 2A” and be for gun control. He said no in church, no in gov buildings. That’s not pro-2A, that’s “I am, but”

    • The guy said what he said. You can’t un-ring that bell. Claiming to the supported by the NRA is a political statement that may are may not reflect actual belief or intent. On the other hand I don’t think his words were in any way empty or if it’s possible to have a come-to-Jesus-epiphany and suddenly support the 2nd Amendment. Basically people who “support” the 2nd and hold the kinds of beliefs he expressed support gun-rights as an expedient way to get reelected. That’s not good enough. He rang that bell and now he has to live with his choice.

      • Clearly a RINO. Want’s to get elected in a highly republican area so he’s actually a democrat running as a republican. Once elected he will push democrat agendas. It’s going on all over the country. Don’t be fooled, hold them to their past statements/actions.

  6. Ugh. Dudley Brown’s group? What a scoundrel. Dud’s in this for himself.

      • Dudley’s only been in the “gun rights” business for himself. You’re a bullshit-spewing crook, Dud.

        • funny, the many of us who work for NAGR, not Dudley, know the cause and the reason for what we do. Dudley is the President of the organization, not a dictator. He is not in this for him, I can honestly say that. You need to do a bit of research on true information. I am a Marine who has literally fought for your freedom (you are welcome), I now assist NAGR in fighting for our Second Amendment. If you really believe what you say, spend a day with me so I can prove you wrong.


      Dudley Brown’s Despicable Deception

      Dudley Brown and his “National Association for Gun Rights” (NAGR) have built a reputation by attacking every other major gun rights organization and even pro-gun politicians, to the detriment of the gun rights movement. His rhetoric has done more to marginalize Second Amendment activism than all of the slanders from gun prohibition lobbying groups combined.Now Dudley has spewed his venom toward Alan Gottlieb, a true champion of Second Amendment advocacy with a proven track record of accomplishment. Gottlieb is founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).

      In his latest effort to raise money for his own self-aggrandizement, Dudley Brown has launched a vicious canard against Alan Gottlieb, accusing the veteran gun rights advocate of “Leading the fight for national gun registration.”

      Alan Gottlieb has never advocated for gun registration in his life. His legislative efforts have been to prevent that, and Dudley knows it.

      Sean Tonner, deputy chief of staff for former Republican Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, was quoted by The Denver Magazine, asserting, “All Dudley wanted to do was create controversy. He makes his money when there’s turmoil, real or perceived, because that’s what gets his members to write him checks.”

      It is time to call Dudley what he is, a political bomb-throwing bully whose stock in trade is to incite distrust and discontent within the ranks of the gun rights movement to enhance his own fund-raising efforts and power base.

      Instead of directing his energies toward fighting the real enemy, Dudley Brown has attacked other gun rights organizations in an effort to elevate his own group, but at what cost to gun rights?

      Perhaps he believes the only way to raise his own status outside the borders of Colorado is to trample on people and organizations with whom he should be allied for the common cause of advancing Second Amendment rights, rather than inflating his own ego.

      When anti-gunners see people in the gun rights movement attacking one another they cheer. Such vicious attacks provide aid and comfort to the enemies of the Second Amendment.


      The Second Amendment Foundation has championed gun rights legal actions and won in federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Remember, it was SAF that took McDonald v. City of Chicago to the Supreme Court and won. Where was Dudley?

      SAF and CCRKBA have conducted the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference for more than 25 years, bringing together major gun rights leaders with grassroots activists to unify and expand the gun rights movement. Where was Dudley?

      When SAF and the National Rifle Association joined forces to stop the unconstitutional gun grab in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, where was Dudley?

      When SAF and NRA joined forces to defeat the San Francisco gun ban, where was Dudley?

      When SAF, NRA and CCRKBA joined forces to defeat the City of Seattle’s parks gun ban – thus strengthening state preemption in Washington state and providing a lesson for anyone who might challenge other states’ preemption laws, where was Dudley?

      When the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) was created, Alan Gottlieb was there to help bring together an organization that now has member groups from every continent and several nations. Where was Dudley?

      When multi-national gun rights organizations gather in Europe to resist global gun control efforts, Alan Gottlieb is there, but where is Dudley?

      Where is Dudley? We’ll ask again: WHERE – IS – DUDLEY? He is AWOL!

      CCRKBA is currently fighting oppressive gun control legislation in Washington State, to prevent passage of the kind of gun laws that were adopted in Colorado, right under Dudley’s nose. Instead of isolating CCRKBA – as is Dudley’s “my way or the highway” style – Alan Gottlieb has helped bring together a coalition of organizations that includes gun collectors, hunters, competitors and law enforcement professionals. Their goal is to prevent expansion of federally-mandated background checks and state handgun registration, and prohibit government gun confiscation (a’la post-Katrina New Orleans).

      Where is Dudley now? Maybe he’s trying to figure out how to exploit this battle to raise funds that would never be spent in Washington State, and perhaps even to scuttle the grassroots gun rights effort there. Remember, his forte is to create turmoil, exploit it and raise money from it, not win battles.


      Two years ago, Dudley tried to claim credit for a lawsuit victory that wasn’t his, in a case he didn’t pay for.

      When Students for Concealed Carry won a judgment against the University of Colorado, Dudley created the impression that it was his victory, claiming in an e-mail fund-raiser that his “National Foundation for Gun Rights” and Dudley’s Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) had “successfully overturned the college campus gun ban in the Colorado Supreme Court.”

      SCC President Daniel Crocker sent a blistering letter to Dudley that criticized him for “misleading remarks for the pecuniary gain of your organizations…”

      In that letter, Crocker stated that Dudley’s message was “not only misleading but patently false.”

      What was Dudley’s contribution to that case? RMGO provided an amicus brief. Alan Gottlieb and SAF also filed an amicus brief in that case, but they never claimed credit for winning the case.

      Dudley claimed to be at the United Nations for the Arms Trade Treaty conference, yet nobody saw him in the building, but they did see Alan Gottlieb there, fighting to protect Americans’ gun rights.


      Last year, the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance felt it necessary to respond to one of Brown’s e-mails regarding legislation that the MGOCRA had been supporting. Without naming him, the group posted a message on its Facebook page stating, “There is an inflammatory email being sent to Minnesotans by an out-of-state individual who has never actually accomplished anything for Minnesota gun rights (or those of any other state that we can see).

      “The real purpose of this email is the same as all the rest of the emails this individual sends: to solicit donations,” the message added.

      Last year, when NAGR launched an attack fund raiser against Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association, gun owners in North Carolina became fed up. Some members of the NC Gun Owners forum asked questions such as, “Where was Dudley Brown during the Senate hearing on AWB and Magazine limitations?” Another observed, “I never liked an organization or person trying to build themselves up by putting others down.” A third noted, “I have not supported them at all, as I feel they are opportunists that seem to be looking for donations more than actually helping the fight.”

      While SAF has as its motto “Winning firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time,” and CCRKBA’s motto is “The Common Sense Gun Lobby,” Dudley may as well say that his motto is “Destroying the gun rights movement from within, one selfish attack at a time.”

      We have never made it a practice to disparage other gun rights organizations. That’s not constructive, nor does it further the cause of Second Amendment freedom. We are all supposed to be in this fight together.

      However, we cannot ignore this calumny, especially from someone whose rhetoric has gun owners constantly fighting one another, rather than uniting against a common enemy.

      What Dudley Brown and NAGR have done with his e-mail attack on Alan Gottlieb is deliberately divisive, disturbingly deceitful and downright despicable.

      And Alan Gottlieb isn’t asking for a penny from anyone with this e-mail. He’s just setting the record straight.

  7. Translation of Sheriff Troy Nehls’ comment:

    “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 I know better.”

  8. NAGR is actually doing something? I’ve heard of them–usually in connection with people complaining about their fund raising practices–but I have never heard of them actually DOING anything.

    And by the way, these two are in a run-off election for what office exactly?

    • NAGR — that is to say Dudley Brown — is in business to put money in Dudley Brown’s pockets. Check out his actual track record — and check out his scumbag pals like the Dorr brothers in the Midwest too — they have actually lobbied AGAINST shall-issue concealed carry and NFA-legalization bills. While at the same time issuing hysterical bullshit rants about insignificant local politicians who said something mildly anti-gun in order to scare gun owners into giving them money.

      Think of every sleazy about Wayne Lapierre. Then imagine that sleaze in the form of a chihuahua pissing on the carpet instead of an 800 pound NRA gorilla with its hands around the throat of a gun-grabber. That chihuahua is Dudley and his NAGR.

      • Perhaps. Yet the words are the words. Unless they doctored the evidence, it’s useful to know that the man in question has thoughts like that bouncing around his head. Probably many more than the one that happened to find its way out of his mouth before some staffer could shut him up.

    • “And by the way, these two are in a run-off election for what office exactly?”

      US House of Representatives, District 22 in Texas. They’re running to replace a retiring republican congressman.

      In the first election, Nehls got 41% of the vote and Wall got 19%.

      Runoff election is May 26.

  9. When’s Niner going jump in here and defend this jackwagon? You know, cuz this is different and the guy in Washington was out of line and deserves to be punished.

  10. “All hat, no cattle”

    Always heard that from Texicans who thought other Texicans were all show and bluster and generally full of cow pies.

    Texas has long been “All hat, no cattle” when it comes to support of Gun Rights. Big on image and bragging, lousy on the real stuff when and where it counts.

  11. Just another anti gun jackass that needs to go and to make matters even worse the sheriff is a Republican or in his case, a RINO. And then there are forum nitpickers who just cannot focus on what matters such as helping to get a pro gun female Republican elected. They had rather go off target and criticize the org. that stood up and made a good ad. With friends like that who needs enemies?

    • If only it were anywhere near that easy. Republicans are no friend to the 1st, 4th or 5th Amendments.

      Unless it suits them to be at the moment.

      • That was my point. 95% is basically completely anti anti Constitution. I can find Pro rights republicans though. I can not find any pro rights democrats.

        • plenty of pro-rights Dems…pro abortion rights…pro criminal rights…pro illegal alien rights…LOL

  12. It’s a Church. It strikes me that carrying is between the person and their God.

    Butt out, wee Caesar.

    • I thought separation of church and state would cover this. If the church says yes the state can’t say no?

  13. I live in that county and did not vote for current Sheriff Troy Nehls for Congress in the primary. As bad as he is Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls’ twin brother, Trever won the Republican party ticket for the seat soon to be vacated by his brother, and will face off against a Democratic challenger in November.

  14. Troy and his twin brother Trever, who’s the GOP candidate on the ballot in November to replace his brother as Ft Bend County Sheriff, are yankee RINO’s from Wisconsin with the military background of Army Major & Lt Colonel respectively, which explains their yankee elitist anti-2nd amendment and 100% anti-Texan “guns for me but not for thee“ line of bull$#!+. Trever will likely get his @$$ beat in the Congressional Seat runoff, but his identical twin brother Trever will more than likely edge out the Democrat candidate for Ft Bend County Sheriff in the Nov general election. This is what happens when enough RINO and DEM yankees move to another state bringing their leftist and so called “moderate” politics & beliefs with them, they elect RINO’s & DEM’s.

    • Correction: I meant TROY will likely get his @$$ beat in the Congressional Seat runoff.

  15. uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate expired on Saturday, May 11, 2019 5:59 PM. The current time is Wednesday, May 13, 2020 5:19 AM. Error code: SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_CERTIFICATE

    interesting…cert expired a year ago.

    This article is suspect is my eyes. Especially the timing of it. It’s bad enough that determining who is the Bloomberg plant is so difficult. I’m going to need something more to go on where NAGR is concerned.

    People going to church need protection. It is precisely the fact that society in general has deemed it to be a gun-free zone the reason why guns are needed. The bad guys see it the same way as schools. They see a barrel to go fishing in.

  16. Sheriff Troy Nehls is no worse than Houston’s Chief of Police, Art Acevedo. I mention this because the City of Houston sits in parts of both Harris County and Fort Bend County. Texas may be a red state, but the populous counties of the state are as liberal as Washington State.

  17. The sheriff is entitled to his opinion, and is free to voice it. Residents of the county he is sheriff of are free to voice their opinions too. Perhaps they will so do next time the sheriff is up for re-election.

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