Governor Rick Perry Defends Labrador Retriever, Shoots Coyote While Running.
Governor Perry, endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association, is no stranger to firearms. He has his CHL (Concealed Handgun License) and often visits firing ranges to hone his skills.
As Governor, Rick Perry signed the "castle doctrine," a bill that gives Texans a stronger legal right to defend themselves in their homes, cars and workplaces.
Governor Perry's record on protecting the Second Amendment stands in stark contrast to his opponent's.
Fox News reported on Governor Perry's now-famous encounter with a coyote out on the running trail:
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don't mess with my dog.
Perry says he needed just one shot from his laser-sighted pistol to take down a coyote that was menacing his dog during an early morning jog in an undeveloped area near Austin.
Perry told The Associated Press he sometimes carries his pistol, loaded with hollow-pointed bullets, when he jogs on trails because he's scared of snakes -- and that he'd seen coyotes in that area.
When the coyote came out of the brush toward his daughter's labrador retriever puppy on a February jog, he charged it and shot it with his .380 Ruger pistol.
"Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," Perry said.