Responding to recent legislation passed by New York lawmakers, the Texas attorney general said that gun-owning New Yorkers can find a safe haven in the Lone Star State.
“Keep your guns, come to TX,” reads a recent online advertisement aimed at New Yorkers.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is a possible candidate for the Texas governor’s office during next year’s election, and he ran several advertisements on news websites in New York City and Albany, reported Reuters.
“Texas is better than New York, and New York just gave us another excuse to say that,” said Abbott, a Republican, in an advertisement appearing in New York last week, reported Reuters.
“WANTED: Law abiding New York gun owners seeking lower taxes and greater opportunities,” reads another advertisement, which appears like a Wild West wanted ad.
When users click the online advertisements, they are directed to a Facebook page, which tells people, “You’ll fit right in here in Texas,” and claims that New Yorkers will have more freedoms if they move there.
The advertisements, which were paid for by Abbot’s political campaign, also attempt to lure New Yorkers to his home state with the prospect of lower taxes. It appears that the advertisements were geared at promoting Abbott ahead of next year’s vote, which could likely see current Texas Gov. Rick Perry run for another term.
“Here in Texas, you will have the liberty and the opportunity to achieve your dreams. On top of that, we have no income tax, yet still manage to have a multi-billion dollar budget surplus,” the message reads. It states that Texas gun owners will pay less in taxes and “use some of that extra money to buy more ammo.”
Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure that would extend a statewide ban on assault weapons and limit the size of permitted gun magazines.
Abbott’s campaign spokesman, Eric Bearse, told The New York Times that the advertisements were made to respond to the new gun control laws signed by Cuomo along with executive maneuvers initiated by President Barack Obama to reduce gun-related violence, moves that were triggered after last month’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut.
“It’s a somewhat unconventional method to weigh in on a very serious issue,” Bearse told the publication. “It makes the point that Texans value freedom, and specifically their freedom to protect themselves. Our state has experienced the largest population growth in the country from places like California and New York because our culture does value freedom.”
The Times noted that one place where New Yorkers might feel at home is in an unincorporated community in the eastern portion of the state called New York, Texas, which has a tiny of population of around a dozen people.
Abbott said that because of the tax situation and gun laws, “Our New York is better than their New York.”
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