Rick Perry Gives Small California Gun Shop a Big Texas Welcome

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It's thirsty work being Rick Perry. You have to stand in the warm May sun outside a gun shop and wax poetic about the virtues of firearms, laissez-faire capitalism and how much California blows. It's no wonder then that you would promptly hightail it across town to the local brewery. After all, what could go better with guns than beer?

The correct answer is whiskey of course, but there's no commercial distillery in Shiner, where Governor Perry gave a warm Texas welcome to Shield Tactical, which is both the state's newest firearms retailer and a refugee from California's gun regulations.

In the Golden State, "it's like before you put up your range you have to be worried about whether the noise level is going to bother the 10-headed duckmouse," Shield Tactical's John Harrington explained to The New York Times. In Texas, "it's an iota of bureaucracy."

With the move to Shiner, everyone's happy. Harrington gets to escape burdensome regulations while Perry gets to crow that his effort to lure businesses from California, which seemed to the untrained eye like a shallow publicity stunt, has been a success. And all parties get to milk it for everything it's worth.

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Shield Tactical doesn't seem to be a particularly large catch. It's not one of the gun manufacturers Perry and lawmakers have been wooing. It's a modest, family-owned affair that sells guns and offers training. There were no handy figures on how many people it employs, but claiming that it's an economic development coup is a stretch.

For Shield Tactical, the publicity generated will more than pay for the move. And while Harrington's complaints about California are genuine enough, they seem more calculated to play on the conservative hysteria over gun control. You don't print up "Shove Gun Control Up Your ... (picture of a Democratic donkey)" T-shirts when you're making a thoughtful critique of a state government's regulatory policies.

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ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

What would OOPS's reaction be if a fertilizer plant wanted to move here? The gotcha looks would be priceless.

ruddski
ruddski

From reading the comments, it appears there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this business, but relocation to Texas is a bad thing.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

I'm pretty certain the current gun shop in Shiner, which has been in business for over 15 years, is delighted that Perry took the time & effort , not to mention the State resources/money spent to bring in a competitor from California, so that Perry could have this PR.

jmichaelham
jmichaelham

I applaud Perry's assertiveness and persistence to attract business to Texas. 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

The problem with Libertarian Republican rhetoric is a fundamental misunderstanding - believing that the people and the government are two separate things.

Maybe that's the way things work in the Tribal Regions, but in America proper, we make our own laws and decide for ourselves how much security we need.

ozonedude
ozonedude

Rick should next lobby for all the California ammonium nitrate warehouses.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

"You don't print up "Shove Gun Control Up Your ... (picture of a Democratic donkey)" T-shirts when you're making a thoughtful critique of a state government's regulatory policies."  That's rich, coming from this bunch.

mcdallas
mcdallas

What next, will California medical marijuana facilities be moving to small-town Texas?  What about California porn producers?  Where will it end?  

Oh, the humanity! (quite literally)

observist
observist topcommenter

Picture looks like a Village People reunion.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdog So....... a monopoly is a good thing?  Got it.  Competition in business: bad ; Monopoly: good.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bvckvs In that case, Bush didn't take us to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the People did.  Bush did not lead us into an economic meltdown, the People did.  California's law prohibiting same sex marriage isn't government intrusion into private lives, it's the People's choice.  Rick Perry isn't waging a war on women with his idiotic anti-abortion laws and policies, the People of Texas are (including you).......  So glad you're supportive of all these Republican (not libertarian, I know I've explained this to you before, and I truly believe you'll get it someday.  I believe that education can work, even for you.) positions.  One more thing, on the topic at hand, The Senate didn't vote against stricter gun control measures, it was the American People, making their own laws and deciding that the amount of security provided by current gun control laws is just what we need.

ruddski
ruddski

Like "We" made Obamacare?

Bobtex
Bobtex

@observist Rick Perry knows more about that than you think--his closet has a costume for each of the characters.

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