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Group opposes gun manufacture’s possible relocation to Central Texas

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Recent gun control laws passed in states such as Colorado have gun manufacturers looking to move. And Governor Rick Perry along with many Texas lawmakers are already contacting gun companies trying to get them to move here. But some Central Texas mothers are saying not in my back yard.

These Central Texas mothers want their message seen and voices heard.

"With rights come responsibilities," said Hilary Rand of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

"The First Amendment freedom of speech, you can't go into a crowded room and yell fire. That's against the law. There are limits to those rights."

The women of moms demand action for gun sense in America say they don't oppose everyone owning a gun.

As they prepare to hold a rally this weekend at the Capitol to demand background checks for gun owners, they are also speaking out against the possibility of gun manufacturers moving to Central Texas.

"I am appalled," said Marie White of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "I am furious. I would like for the gun manufacturers to shut down."

But gun manufacturers are not shutting down. In fact it appears they may be expanding or moving.

"Some have said they are going to be relocating in as few as 30 days," said Texas Representative Larry Gonzales.

Representative Gonzalez, whose district covers most of Williamson County, wants gun makers to come to Central Texas.

Gonzalez says he's reached out to more than 20 gun and ammunition makers telling them Central Texas is the place to be.

"Not only do we have the mobility, the roadway infrastructure, and the quality of life, we have plenty of land," he said.

Gonzalez says the move is just as much political as it is economical.

"The best thing is jobs. You're talking about people with permanent jobs, with a steady income, that means sales taxes they're paying when they go out and shop, that means homes they're buying," Gonzalez said.

While Representative Gonzalez wouldn't tell us who could be coming to Central Texas and how many jobs they might bring. He did give us an idea on where they might come.

"There are existing buildings now particularly in the city of Taylor that could more than accommodate and pretty large manufacturer," Gonzalez said.

There is already a firearms manufacturer in Williamson County. Larue Tactical sits in Leander.

"Our lawmakers aren't listening to the majority of the people," White said.

But for these mothers, the idea of more gun makers moving in hits too close for home.

"I am done. There is three guns to every solitary person in the country," White said.

Representative Gonzalez says this process is still in the early stages and that no gun manufacturers have solid plans to move to Central Texas just yet.

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