AUSTIN (KXAN) - Reaching out to companies that make weapons and weapons parts in the aftermath of mass shootings is part of Texas' strategy to bring in more jobs, Texas Gov. Rick Perry says.
The Republican governor said on Sunday's edition of KXAN's In Session, In-Depth that the efforts by some states to increase gun regulations miss the mark and are running off companies that put people to work.
"Whether you're a manufacturer of a widget or a manufacturer of a weapon, and your state makes it more difficult for you to do business, you can bet the state of Texas is going to reach out to you and say, 'Hey, do you want to come to a place where you can be freer?'" Perry said in a one-on-one interview.
The governor said their real effort should be made to better identify people with mental health issues that make them prone to violence.
"If you want to be truthful about there events, then go to where the real problem is," Perry added, "and that's the people who are pulling the triggers of these weapons."
See Perry's interview with Josh Hinkle by watching the videos above, which include some background on the gun-related legislation being considered by Texas lawmakers, reaction to Perry's outreach by people in Sandy Hook, Conn., and a roundtable discussion with reporters who cover the issue under the Capitol dome.
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