State committee working to bring more gun makers to Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A local state lawmaker is part of a committee who will look into trying to convince big time gun makers to move to Texas.

State House member Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, announced Monday he has been appointed to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Recruitment of Firearms and Ammunition Manufacturers.

A bill in the last legislature created this committee. Isaac’s office says numbers show it is a $30 billion per year industry.

This would be the first official move by lawmakers in Texas exploring the idea.

When the National Rifle Association’s national convention came to Houston in 2013, Gov. Rick Perry was one of the speakers courting arms and ammo makers to move operations to Texas.

A month later, Perry furthered his commitment to bringing large manufacturers to the state when he visited Colt, the iconic Connecticut gun maker. It was at a time when Connecticut lawmakers were discussing tougher laws following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Perry then visited Beretta, in Maryland, last fall. The recently announced they are moving to Tennessee.

Watch the video below to see KXAN’s continuing coverage on this issue and the governor’s push to bring more gun manufacturers to Texas, as well as the reception to his efforts.

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