A Proposal to the City of Rowlett, TX

This is what I have been busy with all day, and I wanted to share the effort with my friends and readers. Some folks complain, some folks say nothing, some actually make the effort. Now we will see where that effort leads us!

A Proposal to the City of Rowlett, TX

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am a dedicated gun owner, as are many of you. We all know the attitude at the federal level where guns and their manufacture is concerned because of the *gun control* proposals that are *in the wind* and because of the shooting at Sandy Hook.

I am NOT making a political statement here, what I see is an opportunity to move some of these gun makers to a *gun friendly* state, one that has NO state income tax and has a much lower tax base than that found in the New England states and the Northeastern USA.

There is already a movement afoot in Austin to get gun makers interested in Texas, and I am all for that, but why shouldn’t we attempt to get them interested in Rowlett?

Just the move from their highly taxed area should be a great incentive in itself. We have a great climate, a ready work force, all of the amenities to make Rowlett highly attractive and to bring a sustainable tax base to this City.

This proposal is a salesman’s dream. I have compiled a list of the most respected and well-known companies that are still headquartered in anti-gun territory, and I have included the contact details too.

This is TEXAS, we are a KNOWN pro-gun, pro-freedom state, why not at least TRY to bring these folks to Rowlett? I hope you will at least look into the feasibility of bringing companies like this to Rowlett. This is MY home too, and I want to see it GROW, and grow with style.

I love Rowlett and I am not trying to be *pushy*, but we all hear the pleas for ideas that could help this City and find ways to give us that sustainable tax base that is so much needed; here is one that could bring a tremendous addition to Rowlett. At least let it be known that you’ve seen this and are considering it, or not.

Even if the answer is NOT INTERESTED, at least I will know, and can be proud of having tried to better this City.

Below you will find a list with addresses and phone numbers.
Fred Witzell
The TexasFred Blog

Ruger would be a *possible* but with facilities in Arizona, it would be a *hard sell*.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. was founded in 1949 and is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. Sturm, Ruger is headquartered in Southport, CT, with manufacturing facilities located in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Customer Service Department
411 Sunapee Street
Newport, NH 03773
Telephone: 603-865-2442 / Fax: 603-863-6165
(Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm EST)

Ithaca was in Ithaca, NY and recently reopened in Ohio, again, a possible *hard sell* but if you don’t try you don’t know.

Ithaca Gun Company
420 N. Warpole Street
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
Phone: 1.877.6ITHACA (1.877.648.4222)
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
Fax: 419.294.3230

The following are located in anti-gun states with high taxes, New England and the Northeast USA. I would think that these folks would be ripe for the picking if they were approached correctly.

Charter Arms “A Proud History in New England’s Gun Valley, gun making is a tradition that stretches back for generations”.

Charter Arms
18 Brewster Lane
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone: (203) 922-1652
Fax: (203) 922-1469

HI-POINT FIREARMS — Hi-Point Firearms manufactures semi-automatic handguns in several calibers, as well as semi-automatic Carbines. All Hi-Point Firearms are made in the United States of America with no imported components or parts.

Hi-Point Marketing & Distribution (MKS Supply)
8611-A N. Dixie Dr., Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: 937-454-0363 / Toll free: 877-425-4867 — Fax: 937-454-0503

Kahr Arms — An award-winning manufacturer of defensive handguns, is committed to long term service in the firearms industry. Research and development of new products is ongoing, driven in response to the market needs and customer input. If you value your life, carry the gun you can live with – KAHR. Kahr’s attention to detail, use of the finest materials, and employment of the most precise manufacturing methods gives you value, unmatched at any price.

Kahr Arms Factory
130 Goddard Memorial Drive
Worcester, MA 01603
TEL: 508-795-3919
FAX: 508-795-7046

Kimber Firearms – Kimber builds the world’s finest 1911 pistols right here in America; something that makes sense as few things are more American than a 1911 .45 ACP. Virtually every critical component of every pistol is manufactured inside the Kimber factory. The finest raw materials come through the front gate and Kimber does the rest, the only way to ensure that every part meets unequaled standards.

Corporate Office
Kimber Mfg. Inc.
555 Taxter Road, Suite 235
Elmsford, NY 10523

Smith & Wesson — Globally recognized manufacturer of quality firearms for enthusiasts, hunters, collectors and professionals; since 1852, dedicated to the tradition of quality, reliability, performance and innovation.

Smith & Wesson
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104
1-800-331-0852 (USA)
Mon-Fri 8:00AM-8:00PM Eastern Time

Colt Firearms — Colt has always been an innovator, a pioneer – implementing mass production techniques, designing for parts interchangeability, always striving to improve production methods. Today, Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC operates just a few miles away from Samuel Colt’s original Hartford, Connecticut armory and continues to maintain its position as one of the world’s leading gun manufacturers by blending state-of-the-art technologies and modernized manufacturing methods.

Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC
P.O. Box 1868
Hartford, CT 06144 USA
Tel: 800-962-COLT (2658) * Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm EST
Fax: (860) 244-1379

Henry Rifles — See the entire line of fine Henry rifles, all made in America and priced right.

Henry Repeating Arms
59 East 1st Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Tel: 201-858-4400
Fax: 201-858-4435

Mossberg Shotguns — Mossberg® has been the leader in introducing important design breakthroughs to the firearm industry.

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
7 Grasso Ave. North Haven, CT 06473
Telephone: (203) 230-5300 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. E.S.T.)
Fax: (203) 230-5420

As said, I hope someone gives this proper consideration, and as I told one of our Council members a while ago, “Thank you for viewing this and sending it on down the line, that’s all I ask… If, for some reason, it’s a ‘NO, we’re not looking for that kind of business’ or the like, then I know where the future of Rowlett lies.

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17 Responses to A Proposal to the City of Rowlett, TX

  1. Hgpsurf says:

    What a great idea, Fred!

    Not knowing the size and available of Rowlett, it is hard to say if it would accommodate such facilities but if it can it seems perfect for the city.

    As for the gun manufacturers, I’m surprised they haven’t thought of this themselves. With the current state of events they should at the very least take a serious look if your city was to make them an offer and invite them to make the move. It’s not just their bottom line at stake here but possibly their very survival.

    • TexasFred says:

      We are a city of almost 60K… We have Interstate 30 and the George Bush Turnpike that run right through Rowlett…

      We have land and some of us have a desire to see Rowlett be more than a *bedroom community* and a few fast food joints…

  2. Texasperated says:

    Well, it’s been a few years since Rowlett was trying to get the Cowboys training camp. Maybe they will actually consider getting a business or two that pays more than minimum wage (I mean how many grocery stores and Chinese restaurants does one town need?).

    Keep your powder dry

    • TexasFred says:

      My thoughts exactly…

      The City Manager should be all over this, so should the entire Council… So far, the Mayor and 3 Council members have now contacted me and they agree, it IS a good idea… All we have to do is convince the Manager and Planning…

      • Texasperated says:

        Well, it seems to me that the city mangler — I mean manager — is supposed to carry out the wishes of the elected officials. But I’ve been to council meetings and know that is a pipe dream.

        Keep your powder dry

  3. Longstreet says:

    Great idea, Fred! Heck, I’d like to see NC recruit the gun manufacturers, too!

  4. I suspect you wouldn’t mind Kimber coming to Rowlett. . .



  5. Katie says:

    Sounds good to propose to the city council. But what will you say to these companies to get them to move. A pro-gun, low tax State is a good start, but why Rowlett and not another city? What will the council propose to them.

    If you can pull it off it will be the coup of the decade, maybe the century. I’m rooting for you.

    Good Luck!

  6. Steve Dennis says:

    What a great idea Fred, I look forward to hearing if you receive a response and if you do I look forward to hearing what they had to say. I wouldn’t mind moving to Texas right about now!

  7. LD Jackson says:

    Well, I am pretty close to Texas already, living here in Oklahoma Green Country. I think I’ll stick around here for a while. ;)

    Your plan sounds like a good one, Fred. I hope you generate some interest.

  8. BobF says:

    It’s mind boggling that the premier firearm manufacturers are located in liberal hellholes that are doing all they can to destroy their business and livelihood. I would imagine that Governor Perry with some of that billion dollar surplus to their budget could help them in moving to Texas. With the right incentives, it will be a win-win situation for all involved.

  9. Cary says:

    I agree with BobF – it won’t take much incentive to get at least one of those manufacturers to relocate.

    And leave Ruger in Prescott, please – some dimwit in the 90 dwarves are trying to limit the concealed carry to ONLY firearms manufactured in state, and we gotta have an out.

  10. TexasFred says:

    Well, I have done all I can do at this point.. I have now talked to the Mayor and 4 of the Council and they are ALL enthused… It’s in the hands of the City Manager and the Planning people…

    Now we get to see just how serious these folks are about making Rowlett SHINE and if all that talk about Rowlett 2020 was just talk or does the City have the BALLS to actually do something that will make money as opposed to making more fried rice and burgers…

  11. Hgpsurf says:

    Better invite the gun manufacturers very soon. I saw on the news that Remington is considering a move and has gotten offers from several states including Texas. Give them the best reason to move to Rowlett.

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