As Firearms Industry Flees Tightening Gun Laws, States Like Idaho Open Their Arms

As Firearms Industry Flees Tightening Gun Laws, States Like Idaho Open Their Arms

Idaho Gov. Brad Little attends an Idaho State Police gun range event in January. Little has been recruiting firearms manufacturers and Idaho is one of several gun-friendly states that have been landing places for gun companies leaving states with more restrictive gun laws. The Northeast has long been home to firearm titans, but recently the region has lost out to the South and Mountain West as more and more gun businesses follow financial and cultural incentives to relocate. And for those firearms producers still in states with gun control measures on the table, there’s increased temptation to take their business elsewhere. The Center Of The Gun World One week a year, Las Vegas becomes the center of the gun world. That’s when the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show comes to town, bringing with it roughly 60,000 buyers, sellers and even foreign government officials. And it’s here that the tension between shifting legislation and economic impact is on full display. For the last 22 years, Las Vegas and SHOT Show have seemed a perfect pairing. But then in 2018, the relationship was tested: Nevada’s legislature put forward a suite of gun control measures . The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the gun industry’s largest trade organization, lobbied hard against the measures, but an increasingly Democrat-dominated state government passed most of the bills into law. Leading the charge was Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, a Democrat who represents the Las Vegas suburbs. She’s also a survivor of the deadliest mass shooting in […]

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