Gov. Rick Perry today reaffirmed Texas' commitment to promoting freedom, personal responsibility and the Constitution, including the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The governor spoke at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Leadership Forum at the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting.
"In Texas, we believe in freedom, personal responsibility, and the God-given right to defend yourself and your family. We never lose faith in our Founding Fathers' wisdom to include the Second Amendment to the Constitution among the Bill of Rights," Gov. Perry said. "A threat to gun ownership is a threat to a basic Constitutional right, and the NRA is about safe and responsible gun ownership."
As the federal government continues to discuss increasing federal gun laws, the governor noted that passing tighter restrictions does nothing to keep criminals from accessing firearms, rather preventing law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves and their families. Gov. Perry has called for increased focus on mental health issues and the glorification of violence in light of recent tragedies such as the Newtown shootings.
"There's still a place that loves freedom in America, and that place is called Texas," the governor said.
Gov. Perry highlighted his efforts to recruit firearm manufacturers by reaching out to more than 30 firearm and related component companies across the country in states that are considering restricting sales or manufacturing of the industry. Earlier this week, the governor spoke at a ribbon cutting at Shield Tactical, which sells firearm related gear and training services, and credits Gov. Perry's economic development outreach in California with their decision to relocate to the Lone Star State.
To view the governor's introduction video from the NRA conference, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvDUJSMAm1c.