The Texas Senate approved the bill Tuesday that would attract gun manufacturers to Texas.
Senator Craig Estes of Wichita Falls introduced the bill that would draw gun makers to the state by providing tax breaks and other incentives.
After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 people dead, officials and other states have worked to put stricter laws on gun makers causing many of them to consider relocating. Senator Estes viewed this as the perfect opportunity to try to bring them to Texas.
"If businesses are not feeling welcomed in their state, we want to make sure that they know they can come to Texas," said Senator Estes.
Senator Estes said Texas is great for these businesses because it is a business friendly state and wants the jobs. It takes the 2nd Amendment very seriously he said.
Amarillo is one of the many cities hoping that if gun makers did come to Texas, they would relocate to their city. President of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation Richard "Buzz" David said this is something the city has already been working towards.
"We have a lot to offer. It's a great place to work, we have great work ethic, we have great trading facilities with Amarillo College," said David. "Someone who needs skilled laborers and can bring some quality manufacturing operations here would be foolish not to look at us."
Gun shop owners like Burnie Stokes of Panhandle Gunslingers said his business would not be directly affect but this would be a good thing for the city.
"It's going to help because we're going to get more people and more jobs into the area," said Stokes.
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