Texas Lawmakers Invited Connecticut Gun Manufacturers to Relocate

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!”