Governor aims to lure gun businesses into the Lone Star State
El Paso — In the heat of the gun control debate, Governor Rick Perry is trying to entice more gun manufacturers to come and do business in the State of Texas. While this may bring in more revenue to the Lone Star State, there's also a chance it could cost it billions of dollars.
There aren't many gun violence prevention laws within Texas. Prompting politicians like Governor Rick Perry to say The Lone Star State is "gun-friendly."
Based on this fact, he and other politicians are trying to lure more gun and ammunition manufacturers to Texas.
El Pasoans are conflicted.
"I can understand the governor's position where he's saying well I'm going to bring more jobs to Texas, I understand that but, I really wish it wouldn't be done," Ernie Avila from Central El Paso told us.
"Just kinda midway. Kinda balanced between if you have an option for guns not being used for hostility and protecting yourself." Roger Price, also from Central El Paso, said.
According to the Texas Tribune, Perry sent letters to 34 gun and ammunition businesses out of state urging them to relocate here.
"I can understand the governor's position where he's saying well I'm going to bring more jobs to Texas, I understand that but, I really wish it wouldn't be done."
Reports say, the legislature has filed a bill that would add incentives for gun manufacturers... But some argue those tax breaks could end up costing state taxpayers more than $37 billion.
However, many types of businesses have been moving to texas, not because of the "gun-friendly" laws but for what some experts say is a powerful combination of state and local incentives.
"If it does happen, I'm sure there'll be more jobs and all that, and I totally understand that. But I just hope they go about it the right way," Avila said.