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April 24, 2013 - 7:30 am

A dozen members of the Texas congressional delegation sent a letter Tuesday to three gun manufacturers urging them to pack up and move operations to the Lone Star State.

The members drafted the letter after a Connecticut-based rifle manufacturer, PTR-Precision Technologies Inc., announced would move 40 jobs out of the state due to “unintended consequences” of newly passed gun control legislation there.

The invitation to come to Texas was extended by GOP Reps. Joe Barton, John Carter, Mike Conaway, Blake Farenthold, Ralph Hall, Sam Johnson, Randy Neugebauer, Pete Sessions, Lamar Smith, Steve Stockman, Randy Weber and Roger Williams.

It was sent to PTR-Precision and New Haven-based firms The Marlin Firearms Company and The Mossberg Corporation.

“In Texas, we are committed to protecting our right under the constitution to own and use guns …The business-friendly environment in Texas prompted CEO Magazine to name Texas the best state in the nation for doing business, eight years in a row. Texas lawmakers have paved the way for business through reasonable regulations, low taxes, a skilled workforce, cutting-edge infrastructure and the advantage of being a right to work state,” the letter states.

“…We encourage you to relocate to Texas, where we can provide a business-friendly environment that encourages innovation and understands the right to bear arms. We look forward to calling y’all Texans!”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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OK, I have to ask; What are the chances that we could get Texas to invade California,consolidate its territory into it ,and solve all these problems at once?
1 year ago
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1) If it reaches the point where Texas turns blue, I rather suspect that the cold civil war will already have heated up more than a bit.

2) And if firearms manufacturers start leaving blue states, or any major corporate entities for that matter, expect those states to start enacting penalties for leaving. Therefore, except in the most blatant cases like my state of Colorado, Connecticut, and New York; expect the process to start with new branch plants being opened and expanded in Constitution supporting states and then production and employment shifted.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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If you think Texas is ever gonna turn blue...... you ain't lived in Texas.
1 year ago
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Tell them to give Mark Larue in Leander, TX a call. They were the first company to say they were not going to sell to law enforcement any guns that were not legal for the general populace to own in any given jurisdiction. Plus they make some kick-ass rifles. I am lucky enough to own one and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
1 year ago
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The author of this piece doesn't seem to realize this is preparation of the battle space. When Texas next secedes, we'll have all the guns... .
1 year ago
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just curious what happens when immigration gets passed, Texas turns blue, and the same laws that chased them out of Ct, happens there? In a few years.
1 year ago
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Watch a Mexican news channel for a week for a preview. Strict gun control will translate to guns everywhere. Prolly hand grenades too.
1 year ago
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I wouldnt worry. Texas Mexicans are always more conservative than their CA counterparts. Once they get that Castro jones out of them in 2018 or 2022, it will be back to business as usual.
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