“I am really disappointed in the way some states are treating their job creators, like Beretta in Maryland and Magpul in Colorado,” Estes said.. “However, their loss is our gain.”
Estes said Texas has previously targeted aerospace and technology industries as business it wanted to attract.
Several Democrats questioned whether the bill was necessary considering the governor is already courting gun makers and has a Legislature-approved business incentive fund.
Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, asked if Texas should be encouraging more grocery stores to open in the state.
“We have a lot of areas in the state without any grocery stores,” West said.
Estes said new gun factories could spur the sort of jobs and economic development that could encourage more grocery chains to open stores.