(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his penchant for visiting gun companies in Iowa on Friday, posing with the CEO of a firearm parts manufacturer, a rifle propped on Perry’s lap.
A member of Perry’s staff tweeted a photo Friday afternoon depicting the Republican governor beside Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells, Inc.
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Perry has visited gun manufacturers before, notably touring a Maryland facility in his multi-state effort to lure companies to the Lone Star state.
Perry put out a similar call to gun companies in Connecticut and New York amid those states’ efforts to institute new gun control measures. Perry’s message: while gun manufacturers may take heat in other states, they are more than welcome in Texas.
The three term governor has said he will not seek another stint. While his 2012 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination imploded, there has been some speculation that Perry may seek the presidency again in 2016.
That speculation has been fueled by moves like Perry’s Iowa trip, giving a speech in the crucial primary state Thursday night blasting President Barack Obama’s leadership.
–CNN’s Bryan Koenig and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.