In wake of shooting, Rick Perry woos gun manufacturer

Two days after a mass shooting, the governor presses plan to lure gun companies to his state

Topics: Rick Perry, Texas, Guns, beretta usa, Maryland, Gun Control,

Just two days after another mass shooting — this one in Washington, D.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is meeting with Maryland-based gun manufacturer Beretta USA in an attempt to lure the company to the Lone Star State.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Beretta visit is a “long-standing appointment” and is part of a $500,000 advertising campaign that “knocks Maryland’s business climate and takes a swipe at the taxes.” The Republican governor aired a 60-second radio spot in the D.C.-Baltimore area last week, saying, “When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every dime out of your business, think Texas.”

But Perry has kept an eye on Maryland for months, having visited other gun manufacturers in the state throughout the year; Maryland’s General Assembly passed some of the nation’s strictest gun control legislation in April.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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