Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson (File photo)
AUSTIN (October 11, 2013)--He's famous for never leaving home without a .22-caliber Magnum tucked in his boot, but if things ever really get dicey, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says his first move would actually be for the .380 he keeps in his waistband.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the GOP lieutenant governor hopeful showed off his pistols.
Patterson authored Texas' famous concealed handgun law while in the state Senate in 1995 and now, he's hoping his penchant for packing heat can set him apart in the crowded field seeking the GOP lieutenant governor nomination.
Patterson said he's the only candidate in the race who can protect Texas' traditional conservative values.
He’s not talking about seceding, but says the U.S. would be better off if California, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut were booted from the union.