With stricter gun control laws in states like Connecticut and Maryland scaring off gun manufacturers, Idaho Governor Butch Otter hopes to attract gun manufacturers with the 2nd Amendment Protection Month.
Otter practically rolled out the red carpet for gun companies. “The National Rifle Association ranks Idaho as a gun-friendly state whose laws are among the least restrictive in the nation,” Otter said. “The state of Idaho openly embraces companies in the arms and ammunition manufacturing sector to expand or relocate to the state.”
Megan Ronk of the Department of Commerce echoed Otter: “This is an industry where we feel that we have great opportunity to attract business expansion into the state. … It’s definitely an industry that we’re working aggressively to pursue.” She added, “Really Idaho’s the perfect environment for companies that cater to the outdoors and are looking for a place where they can test their products in some pretty extreme environments right in their own backyard.”
The Idaho Department of Commerce has been promoting the Governor’s press release. They included a quote from Fred Newcome of PNW Arms: “Idaho offered us an opportunity to relocate somewhere where we could be in a more comfortable environment.”
They say that when a door closes, a window opens. That has certainly been true for the gun industry – blue states pass stricter gun control laws while red states roll out the welcome mat.
The shifting landscape in the gun world has shown how much big business can affect the legal system. Maryland legislators are reeling after Beretta announced that it would leave and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy was forced to suck up to local gun manufacturers in hopes that they wouldn’t abandon ship.
With so many conservative states stealing gun jobs and economy-boosting manufacturers from liberal states, state legislators may think twice about the economic repercussions of stricter gun control laws the next time they vote on bills.