HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have squared off over gun control.
The two chief executives appeared on CNN with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Sunday. Malloy, a Democrat who pushed through sweeping changes in state gun laws last year, said there's a "federal problem" in imposing tighter controls.
Perry, a Republican, said gun manufacturers are leaving the Northeast due to taxation and regulation. He welcomed their departure.
Perry traveled to Connecticut last June to court gun manufacturers.
The governors have gathered in Washington, D.C., for a meeting of the National Governors Association.
Malloy, who has said he will not announce his re-election plans until May, told CNN in answer to a question that he will not be a candidate for president.