Unhappy about new limits, gun makers urged to move
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Firearms manufacturers upset over newly restrictive gun laws and proposals in their home states are getting a message from other places: Move here, where the climate is favorable to your products and so are the tax codes.
In New Hampshire, a group of conservative Republicans sent letters wooing gun companies. Politicians in Virginia and West Virginia have said they would welcome Beretta if it chose to leave Maryland. Alaska House Speaker Mike Chenault, in a letter to the head of Magpul Industries this week, said he read “with shock and disdain” reports of new gun laws in Colorado, the home of the firearms accessory and magazine manufacturer. “Though many feel the actions taken by your state government were appropriate,” he wrote, “we in Alaska do not.”
When the debate over gun laws reignited after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December, critics of proposals to toughen state laws cautioned that gun manufacturers could move and take local jobs with them. And indeed, now lawmakers and residents in a few states are using restrictions on guns recently passed and proposed elsewhere as an opportunity to attract affected businesses.
Whether their campaigns would work remains to be seen, and it may be beside the point. SOURCE
Oh if only I were a political activist, one that had the drive to look at situations and the *smarts* to see solutions and offer workable suggestions.
If only I cared enough about Texas and MY community, the City of Rowlett, to suggest to our city leaders that this would be an excellent time to promote Rowlett, to toot our own horn, to do more than just TALK about what the city needs to sustain itself, to broaden its tax base and actually GROW.
Oh, WAIT! I DID do all of that … on a couple of occasions. I wonder why then that there is no mention of Texas and/or Rowlett in the original story?
Didn’t the Growth and Development people get the message? Didn’t they see the detailed list of gun companies that are located in very gun unfriendly states? I sent it to them.
Didn’t they see the names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Fax numbers and so forth to ALL of these companies that are ripe for the picking as an anti-gun movement grows in their part of America?
Do the Growth and Development people not get the concept of hustling, ie: work for the business you get? Didn’t they have the whereto to formulate a package that would make Rowlett attractive to these companies?
Didn’t anyone think to write or contact these companies and point out to them that the tax base in Texas is much less than that of New England and Northeastern states?
Companies always want *tax breaks* as part of any incentive plan when a relocation is to be considered, well, our lower tax rates, AND, a HUGE plus in MY opinion, the fact that Texas doesn’t have a personal income tax, is a great incentive.
Didn’t anyone bother to offer up those nuggets of enticement?
East coast states and New England states are making a massive push for old, established and very successful gun makers to remain in their states, the powers that be here in Texas need to do push Texas as a destination and a location that can be good for all.
Texas is the perfect place to do business, and my part of Texas would be the most perfect of all, but I am a bit prejudiced in that regard, and when you combine gun makers and Texas, that’s a marriage made in heaven!
What we don’t need is another *strip mall*, burger joint, pizza place or Chinese buffet; we need REAL business, BIG business, sustainable business that will be an integral part of our fabric for decades to come, and our City officials need to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Otherwise, we’re going to forever be known as that nice little *bedroom* community out there by the lake, the one with a serious infrastructure problem and no way to correct it.