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Gun Barrel City aims to lure businesses through guns

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One East Texas city is letting gun manufacturers know they're open for business, passing a resolution Tuesday night encouraging its residents to own guns.

Gun Barrel City is looking to capitalize on their name, hoping to bring big business along with it.

"Fishermen were driving down 198, which is Gun Barrel Lane now," said Mayor Paul Eaton. "One turned to the other and said this road is just straight as a Gun Barrel, and that's how they coined it."

The Mayor says last night's resolution served two purposes.

One of those was to make public their support of the Second Amendment.

But that statement also serves to take advantage of the city's name, helping market it to manufacturers and lure in business from other states that might not be as gun friendly.

"Certainly a town with the name 'Gun Barrel City' would be a great place for a manufacturer," said Eaton.

"We will embrace businesses that are being told by other communities and other states that they are going to create new restrictions for those businesses," said City Manager Gerry Boren.

Most of the city's money currently comes from business related to its location right on Cedar Creek.

"I call us the playground of Dallas all the time," said Boren. "We have people all over from Dallas to Canton to Tyler that come and enjoy the lake."

That shows in the city's sales tax numbers. In a normal month, the city brings in about $150,000. That number swells to over $300,000 in the summer months as visitors dive into town. They're hoping that by making this new pitch to manufacturers, they can find a permanent home for that revenue in Gun Barrel City.

"I believe we're in our infancy," said Boren.  "We're still trying to find our roots and our place in this world. And your name dictates where you're going to go."

The city says they are currently considering building an industrial park, which they hope will help attract more business to Gun Barrel City. They also said they have begun actively pitching the city to a number of gun related manufacturers, hoping that one of them will help fill that new space.

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