Daines, Bullock contrast on gun rights

Daines, Bullock contrast on gun rights

Jason Sonju, left, speaks with Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas at the Falkor Defense facility in Kalispell on Oct. 8. (Matt Baldwin/Daily Inter Lake) Daily Inter Lake | October 14, 2020 12:00 AM Falkor Defense owner Jason Sonju is nervous about how the upcoming election will affect his Kalispell-based company. Falkor’s 50,000-square-foot facility specializes in firearms manufacturing and aerospace technology, and is among a growing number of Flathead Valley companies working within the firearms realm. Sonju said the company and its dozens of employees need consistency in Second Amendment legislation in order to prosper. “For us, it’s scary during the election cycles,” Sonju said last week during a meeting with Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas. “You don’t know from one Congress to the next what’s going to happen. It’s hard to invest into that future because of uncertainty.” Sonju told the senators it can be risky to invest in new manufacturing technology for firearms that might be banned under a different Congress. “Right now I’m selling everything I can build,” Sonju said. “But next year, the year after, you always wonder, if we’re going to buy another $300,000 or $400,000 machine, are we going to have that business [in the future]?” Sonju said he believes incumbent Sen. Daines is the right candidate to protect the Second Amendment in the upcoming race for U.S. Senate, adding that he believes Daines’ opponent, Gov. Steve Bullock, would be influenced by Democrats in Washington, D.C., […]

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