Senate, House pass resolutions hoping to attract gun manufacturers

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The Indiana House and Senate passed nearly identical resolutions earlier this week aimed at enticing gun manufacturers to come to the Hoosier State.

According to our newsgathering partners at the Indianapolis Business Journal, the resolutions tout the state’s tax climate and gun rights laws in an effort to court manufacturers, who are encouraged to contact the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, authored the Senate resolution, suggesting that gun and bullet manufacturers are running into economic and regulatory roadblocks in other states that hamper business.

His suggestion appears to have merit; Magpul, a Colorado company that makes high-capacity ammunition magazines, is threatening to move because of a Colorado state law that bans magazines that hold more than 15 casings. Officials in Logansport are trying to woo the company.

Tomes told the IBJ that Indiana’s centralized location and the presence of Crane Naval Warfare Center are two factors that make Indiana attractive for manufacturers.

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