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Chenault, others, urge unhappy gun makers to move

Posted: March 30, 2013 - 8:37pm

CONCORD, N.H. — 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.

Jeremy McGowan, of Buckhannon, W.Va., said he started a Facebook page, “Bring Magpul to West Virginia,” with “very little hope” of actually attracting the company. He said he wanted at least to draw attention to the issues raised in Colorado and try to prevent something similar from happening in West Virginia.

“I don’t think we are a minority at all,” he said. “I think a lot of us feel we have been pushed in a corner.”

He’s joined in the movement by a group of self-described constitutional conservatives in the New Hampshire legislature, the House Republican Alliance, who are pitching the state as a haven for gun companies.

The group recently sent letters to Beretta USA Corp. in Maryland and Colt Manufacturing Co. in Connecticut. Both companies have voiced frustration with proposals in their states that aim to tighten background checks as well as ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

But the group has done little beyond write letters, leaving open the question of whether its pleas will bring any new business to the state. The group has not enlisted the help of the state agency that would traditionally handle outreach to companies elsewhere. Rep. Al Baldasaro, a Londonderry Republican, said that’s because group members see it as an extension of Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, whom they have also not reached out to. And neither gun maker has written them back.

Baldasaro rejected the notion that courting gun companies could be seen as a cynical attempt to capitalize on the gun debate.

“This is about bringing jobs to New Hampshire,” he said Friday. “It has nothing to do with what happened in Connecticut or anywhere else.”

His group noted that New Hampshire is already home to 80 firearm component manufacturers including Sig Sauer Inc., Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc., Heckler & Koch USA, and its letters cited laws preventing restrictions on firearms manufacturing.

Such restrictions drew the ire of a Beretta executive at a recent hearing in Maryland, where an assault weapons ban has been proposed. The bill spurns Beretta’s longstanding commitment to the state, Jeff Reh, a member of the company’s board of directors, told lawmakers.

Those types of complaints from firearms companies leave lawmakers in their home states pulled between responding to the hunger for more restrictive gun laws and wanting to keep their constituents employed. Maryland’s Senate president pointed to work lawmakers have done this year to try to help Beretta while also keeping important provisions of the bill intact.

“We’ve allowed them to manufacture,” said Thomas V. Mike Miller, who represents the district where the factory is located in Accokeek. “We’ve allowed them to sell, and we’ve cut back on their paperwork.”

Much more than that awaits Beretta and its employees in New Hampshire, the Republicans there promised. The state does not have an income tax or sales tax, and it’s known for gun advocacy.

“It would be a win-win for any gun company to move here. We’re the ‘live free or die’ state,” Baldasaro said, citing New Hampshire’s motto.

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LaFern
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LaFern 03/31/13 - 01:42 am
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Good Grief

I don't understand why our state representatives see hot button issues and extremist points of view as legitimate business opportunities. This is why Parnell & Co. are getting away with plundering the state to Outside interests, our representatives are too busy playing with toy issues than actually working on helping our economies, communities, and neighborhoods.

akmscott
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akmscott 03/31/13 - 08:03 am
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Good grief

I don't understand why so many people think with their emotions and not their brains!It's the criminals and not law abiding gun owners!How about we make criminals afraid to do what they do?How about putting the laws back to help victims and and not the perpetrators?We have to make punishment much more severe to deter these sociopaths!

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 03/31/13 - 08:55 am
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punishment

AKMSCOTT: There is the death penalty on the books in some states.Even the death penalty has not stopped people from committing heinous crimes.Just how more severe of a sentence can one impose? When you can think of one That is Constitutional. I for one would like to know.

spwright
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spwright 03/31/13 - 09:09 am
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Laughing All the Way to the Bank

The Gun Makers are making Record $Profits$ & are Laughing All the Way to the Bank !
They can't make the AR 15 fast enough to keep up with the demand.

So as the rest of America becomes more & more Crazy & believe that a ATF Swat Team will soon be Kicking down their Door to seize their Weapons. The Gun Makers are Grinnin' from ear to ear while rolling in the money. They Love It.
SPW

akmscott
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akmscott 03/31/13 - 09:35 am
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Raoulduke

And just how often is the death penalty applied!Even if you get the death penalty, it will take decades of appeals!Meanwhile-no criminal is afraid of free room and board and only serving a third of their sentence do to over-crowding and over-whelming sympathy for these scumbags.Public hangings should be reinstated with swift justice!

jlmh
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jlmh 03/31/13 - 12:01 pm
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It seems like most mass

It seems like most mass murderers sum up their shooting spree with suicide. I don't think the threat of consequences - including death - play into their thought process. If it simply doesn't matter to them what happens afterward, then it just isn't going to have any deterrence value.

Unfortunately, hindsight has produced different "should haves" in each of the recent mass shootings, so there's really not a lesson for society in any of it. Except that occasionally, you just get someone crazy who does something unpredictable and horrible.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 03/31/13 - 12:45 pm
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akmscott

I believe. You may have misunderstood my comment.I am going to assume.My first reply was a little harsh on my feelings toward these pieces of garbage.I had used a completely different terminology previously.Which I believe.The paper had pulled from the comment section.Do not think for a second.I have any sympathy for such ilk.If the death penalty does not deter such activity.I personally can not think of anything that will.

JOAT
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JOAT 03/31/13 - 07:19 pm
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Ya'll are thinking too late

Punishment is only dealing with a problem after it has occurred. We need to deal with the root of the morality problem long before the children turn into criminals. Put God back in our communities and schools. If you teach a child morality from the beginning, you won't have to worry about imposing the death penalty or life prison terms on them a couple decades later.

The progressive left has been slowly removing all morality from public life over several decades. We are now reaping the results with practically unchecked immoral behavior and violence throughout our now Godless culture. It's a pretty simple problem, but the progressive movement has so brainwashed the masses that it will be nearly impossible to fix it at this point.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 04/01/13 - 06:10 am
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thinking?

JOAT- Put the blame where it belongs,and it does not belong in a generalized grouping. The problem is in the HOME,and with the PARENTS.The child only learns what is observed in the home.Remember the first 5 years are the formative years.If you have low life parents.Chances are the children will develop the same patterns as the PARENTS.So!Please do not give excuses for bad PARENTING by blaming the progressive left.This sounds like a cop out.

bob99507
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bob99507 04/01/13 - 09:12 am
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Jobs

I must have missed the point. Wasn't Chenault asking a company to move to Alaska to create jobs?

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 04/01/13 - 11:06 am
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moving north

I have serious doubts if gun manufacturer.Will move to a place.Where it will cost more to produce their product.

spwright
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spwright 04/01/13 - 12:00 pm
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Walk on Water

JOAT I wanna make sure that I understand what You just stated ? The so called "progressive left" is to blame for All of the World's Problems. Is that the bottom line to your statement?

Then that would lead to think that You believe that ONLY the Right Wing Conservative Republican White Christian are morally superior to all other Americans. ONLY Republicans Walk on Water ? Is that correct ?

SPW

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 04/01/13 - 03:30 pm
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The left

SPW : There are those.Who actually believe Christ was white.They will discover.The people in the middle east.Who still speak the language.That Christ spoke.Are people of color,and the color isn't white. Wasn't it the left Who started the war in Iraq twice?Wasn't it the left that gave us "Free Speech Zone's"?Wasn't it the left that gave us the no knock warrant?Wasn't it the left that gave us arrests with out being charged with any crime? Hell no it wasn't. It was the oppressive right.

robert white
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robert white 04/02/13 - 02:05 pm
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weapons

whats next, giving my maniac by polar neighbor, who is a teacher in the school district, the go ahead to carry a gun in the class room?

leewaytooo
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leewaytooo 04/03/13 - 03:53 am
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why is it that by far it is

why is it that by far it is the so called conservatives
that commit the most offensively aggressive actions?

conservatives are quick to send people to war....whereby
people end up dead....is that moral.. god loving?
or just good business practice..

conservative followers are far more likely to kill
other citizens simply because they disagree with
their position politically...is that moral.. god loving?

conservative business people are all about profit
over the well being of this country.. to the point of
outsourcing our jobs to countries where they can
exploit that countries low wage labor... all in the name
of capitalism and the bottom line.. is that moral.. god loving?
patriotic?

conservative followers are continually found to have
broken laws to further their goals,, whether it be
infidelity, pursuit of money illegally, and so on. is that moral..
god loving??? or justified?

conservative followers are far more likely to bend/break
the rules/laws in their "fast food" appetite for immediate
gratification.....

MORAL???? or just good business practice...

bob99507
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bob99507 04/07/13 - 07:34 am
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freeway

More made up facts. Where did you dream up these stats the DNC

kenai123
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kenai123 04/09/13 - 10:47 pm
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Chenault finally did something right!

Wow, Chenault finally did something right. Bring all those gun makers to Alaska. We have plenty of room for them and many many customers. Sure it might cost more to do business here but what is going to cost to set up shop in some wishy-washy state which might go anti-gun a few years down the road? We will build em and buy em. If someone pulls one out and starts shooting in a theater, well we will take care of that to.

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