In the wake of new gun-control legislation in New York, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is urging gun owners in the Empire State to move to Texas.
Abbott, who may run for governor of Texas next year, spent campaign money on ads in New York:
One ad says in classic Western script: “WANTED: Law abiding New York gun owners seeking lower taxes and greater opportunities.”
Clicking on the ad leads to a Facebook page touting the virtues of Texas, including the fact that the state has no income tax so “you’ll be able to keep more of what you earn and use that extra money to buy more ammo.”
Abbott told Reuters the ads are a “way to tweak our liberal friends up in the Northeast.”
“It is tongue in cheek, but there is a deeper message here,” he said. “Texas really does stand as the last bastion of ultimate freedom in this country. Over the last decade, more than 4 million people moved to this state, and one reason is freedom and one reason is economic opportunity.”