Congressman Steve Stockman to Gunmakers: Come Check Out Texas

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Steve Stockman
U.S. Representative Steve Stockman is not a subtle man. We could go so far as to say he has a flair for the dramatic. He is, after all, the man who brought Ted Nugent as his plus-one to the State of the Union address, and compared the Earth to a sort of fuel-filled water balloon. And even further back, he claimed that the disaster at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco was a setup by the Clinton administration.

Now, just as Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed new gun control legislation on Friday, Stockman has posted an open letter to spurned gun manufacturers (sic): "Come to Texas!!! The state which believes the whole Bill of Rights should be followed, not just the 'politically correct' parts. Your rights will not be infringed upon here, unlike many current local regimes."

The CEO of Connecticut-based Colt, a company that manufactures the AR-15, in an op-ed in last month's Hartford Courant worried about the unsung victims of such legislation: the gunmakers.

"Our customers are unusually brand-loyal," he writes. "In many cases, they personally identify with the firearm brand they choose. Although our Connecticut heritage has historically enhanced our brand, that will change overnight if we ban the modern sporting rifle."

After the passing of Colorado's new gun laws last month, Magpul Industries, which manufactures firearm accessories, announced it would leave it the state. The president and CEO of HiViz Shooting Systems, claiming "we cannot in clear conscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base," said his company will follow suit. Other "unwanted manufacturers," as Stockman calls them, include Stag Arms and Mossberg in Connecticut and Beretta in Maryland.

If any of these companies are eyeing Texas as a new home to set up shop, they were likely doing so before Stockman's invitation. Mother Jones suggests that Stockman is just trying to maintain his reputation of high volume and wackiness. It's certainly an effective way to stay in the news.

The full letter follows.

Stockman invites all persecuted gun owners and manufacturers to enjoy Texas freedom and prosperity

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas 36) released the following open letter Friday to all gun manufacturers, and owners, persecuted by radical anti-gun legislators in their states:

Attention all persecuted gun owners and unwanted manufacturers,

This is an open letter to invite all to the 36th Congressional District of Texas.

Recent draconian gun legislation passed in Colorado, Connecticut and Maryland has made those states unfriendly to law abiding gun owners, weapons manufactures, and weapons parts manufactures. These states have proven they do not value those who obey the law and pump millions of dollars into local economies. This is not the way for government to treat people.

Come to Texas!!! The state which believes the whole Bill of Rights should be followed, not just the "politically correct" parts. Your rights will not be infringed upon here, unlike many current local regimes.

Texas is the number one state in the nation for job growth because we know how to treat job creators. With no state income tax, abundant natural resources and ease of access to shipping ports, Texas is the ideal place for relocation.

Magpul, HiViz, Beretta, and Colt, your businesses are welcomed with open arms in the 36th District of Texas.

Warmest wishes,

Steve Stockman
U.S. Representative
36th District of Texas

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Well, now,, humph,, :) Ya gotta admit though, The guy does have style.


This is something we should be trying to bring to our state. The vast majority of jobs in firearms factories are well paying and highly skilled positions. Any firearms manufacturers that choose to move here will be a definite bonus.


Steve Stockman is to Texas what the cast of Jersey Shore is to New Jersey.  Dreadfully, comically stupid, and soaking up all the attention.


Hopefully they do and I can pick up another rifle and more Magpul products for less $$$


Plenty of un-occupied commercial real estate in N Texas.  We would appreciate some more manuf jobs an an injection of tax revenue.

mavdog topcommenter

"all gun manufacturers, and owners, persecuted by radical anti-gun legislators in their states"

"persecuted"? clearly Stockman does not know the meaning of the word.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

And to think that we villify political newcomers with the mantra of "Is he (she) qualified?".


@mavdog Just because something passed a legislature and got signed by a governor(1), doesn't mean is not persecution. 

Plenty of examples in American history.

(1) Many currently-passed legislation may well not pass Constitutional muster, in light of recent RKBA case law.

mavdog topcommenter


your convoluted and inane rambling fails to address the question of what in any of the legislation is tantamount to "persecution"?

nada, zero, zip. doesn't matter if the legislation passes "Constitutional muster" or not, it isn't close to "persecution".

RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdog@roo_sterAnd yet:

Persecute: 1: to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief 2 : to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, or importunities) : pester

The overall campaign by some people and groups to eradicate the second amendment, and the more common and slightly less offensive campaigns to restrict the amendment into irrelevance easily fit into both of these definitions.  One can argue the merits of gun control law.  One cannot argue that there is not a persistent agenda of painting law-abiding gun owners as some sort of second class citizen at best, and outright criminal at worst.  Admittedly, the more vocal gun owners often wield that paintbrush with their own hands, creating masterpieces of hysteria for the world to enjoy.

mavdog topcommenter


apparently you have no issue with the description of it being inane.

a piece of writing does not need to be long to be "convoluted", in fact a short one such as yours can be baffling, confused, other words, convoluted.

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