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Texas Governor Rick Perry fires a six-shooter revolver in downtown Fort Worth during a promotional event with Texas Motor Speedway on April 15, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is courting Connecticut gun manufacturers, extolling the tax policies and regulatory climate of his state.

Perry spent time Monday shooting at a firing range at Colt Manufacturing Co., touring plants and meeting privately with company owners and other businesses. Some gun makers have threatened to leave Connecticut since the state passed new gun-control laws this year in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

At a news conference, Perry questioned whether Connecticut’s regulatory climate allows citizens to enjoy their freedoms or “are they going to relocate somewhere?”

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made an unannounced visit to Perry’s meeting in Hartford. He says he doesn’t think Perry understands the kind of loss caused by Newtown “and how it’s affected people in our state.”

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