First House Speaker Rick Thompson appealed directly to arms manufacturer Beretta USA to move from Maryland to West Virginia.
Now his judiciary chairman, Delegate Tim Miley, is urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to court the company and says he brought the situation to Thompson's attention.
Miley, D-Harrison, posted a letter addressed to the governor on his website Monday.
The letter urges Tomblin to try to persuade the gun maker to leave Maryland, where proposed gun control legislation is reportedly making the company consider a change.
"As we both know, the citizens of this great state overwhelmingly support the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms," Miley says in the letter.
Last Friday Thompson released a letter he had sent to Beretta USA Executive Vice President Franco Beretta.
Thompson wrote that West Virginians would not support a law like the one moving through the Maryland General Assembly, according to a press release.
Miley's letter says he notified Thompson of the Beretta situation and sent him a copy of an article in The Washington Post.
"Speaker Thompson was not aware of Beretta's possible relocation until I sent him a similar request and he has quickly 'grabbed the bull by the horns' and has made efforts to contact Beretta directly," Miley writes in his letter to the governor.