TALLADEGA, Ala., April 22 (UPI) -- Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst is hoping that using firearms and grills on a campaign float will let his constituents know that he is serious about gun rights.
Hurst, who is seeking reelection in District 35, has a unique-looking parade float that is actually a gigantic barbecue shaped like a gun.
Al.com reported that Hurst, who runs a gun shop with his business partner, was instrumental in getting the "castle doctrine" adopted in Alabama. Under the updated law, Alabama homeowners can legally shoot intruders instead of attempting to flee.
His main challenger in the GOP primary on June 3 is Steve Dean. Hurst has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 1998.
According to the lawmaker, the fully-loaded grill “has received no negative feedback, and many people want to pose next to the large fake gun.”