Gov. Perry Fires Assault Rifle, Touts Gun Rights

Texas governor calls defeated gun control bills an ineffective waste of time.
3:53 | 05/03/13

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Transcript for Gov. Perry Fires Assault Rifle, Touts Gun Rights
We know the governor few days ago -- the -- tactical a central Texas manufacturer of highly precise military style weapons to talk and shoot. It was a chance to ask the governor why his support for gun rights is so unyielding at a time when the vast majority of Americans feel something needs to change. Okay. It is a recent morning north of Austin and governor Rick Perry is holding court at a picnic on that -- -- down there. Is -- jail. -- is also holding 30 wait blue -- tactical assault rifle if there is a furious gun control debate in this country you wouldn't know it here. Right now the governor is focused on the net and it's about a hundred yards down right. My instinct is buried her up with guns he is familiar with them and suspects if everyone knew what he added they'd see this divisive issue his way was a first time Asia you remember tightening that would have been. Who worked. On his whenever you could get around the stock to a -- To me this is no different than any of those other types of hobbies. Yes his hobbies though involves weapons HD crossing but still -- number of Americans want change. -- -- assault weapons that were critical for personal protection from criminals. And extending his argument even wild guess if you really need this to get rid of -- -- You obviously have not been around the 350 pound boy or -- Now Perry is enticing gun makers fleeing new restrictions to come here to Texas. You're good for jobs he says a -- -- manufacturer just announced a move to Texas yesterday. And -- cause the recently defeated background check bill and ineffective waste of -- They're so focused on the wrong. Issues -- They're trying to make law abiding people jump to remove more -- And I think a lot of this is like those on the left and they just want something that they can say -- we won a you know we've won a battle. Here so if not a weapons -- or an extended background check what would -- support to somehow slowed to 30000. American gun deaths every year puts a gun rights reform that. You think -- generation could support I'm not sure of -- need guns and reform that's needed in this country I mean -- again. I think -- it. As of just a few weeks ago 540000. People applied to -- a firearm this year in Texas -- one out of every 39 Texans in just three months. It is as many as sixteen other states combined. And there was gun owners clearly have the right guy in the governor's office someone who's not to be -- guns. That's good the vast majority of the people. In our state in our country. Don't have. A deep knowledge about farms they are afraid of them and I think the more we talk about them. It is. -- another good day. Which brings us back to. -- today -- hundred yards off. Now it's gone. That is not unlike. The a hole in ones we had the egg and then it was my turn. We're good in the middle of a nationwide debate on gun control sitting with the governor far to one side of the argument. Success. -- -- on the range that compromises on congress. And a and that is awesome. So easy you -- -- over do it. The governor has said repeatedly and told us again this week that the change he could support would be to increase treatment for the mentally ill and efforts to keep guns out of their hands. He denies criticism that he hasn't done enough and his times governor to do -- -- Ted oberg thirteen Eyewitness News.

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