Thursday, October 23, 2014
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PA lawmakers to gun makers: Gun-clingers welcome you

Two House lawmakers have a message for embattled gun manufacturers: Pennsylvania is open for business.

PA lawmakers to gun makers: Gun-clingers welcome you

 

Two House lawmakers have a message for embattled gun manufacturers: Pennsylvania wants your business.

State Reps. Daryl Metcalfe (R.,Butler) and Seth Grove (R.,York) said they are reaching out to fire arms manufacturers located in states that have passed or are considering tougher gun laws to urge them to relocate their plants to the Commonwealth.

Metcalfe, the most outspoken pro-gun legislator, said with high NRA membership and hundreds of thousands of hunting license holders, Pensylvania is a "natural fit" for gun and ammunition makers.

 Metcalfe, who is the prime sponsor of the Right to Bear Arms Protection Act, known as House Bill 357  (357 get it?) that would make new federal gun laws unenforceable in the state. (Constitutional scholars say such a bill would have zero chance of passing muster because federal laws have primacy over state laws.)

Grove says Pennsylvania should embrace its gun loving reputation.

“Pennsylvania is known all over the country for clinging to its guns, and it’s time that we use this reputation to our advantage,” Grove said. “By enticing these three companies to Pennsylvania, we are sending a clear message that we welcome their industry, and we also welcome the hundreds of jobs and multi-million dollar economic impact this would bring to the Commonwealth.”

Grove and Metcalfe say Beretta may be looking to leave Maryland, which is seeking to ban assault weapons, They are also interested in bringing Colorado-based Magpol, a maker of weapons components and high capacity magazines, and New York gun maker Remington to Pennsylvania. In January the New York state assembly enacted the toughest gun laws in the nation, including bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. 

“Recent reports have indicated that gun manufacturers are disappointed with the actions of the federal government and several state governments which want to enact legislation undermining the firearms industry,” Grove said.

“We wholeheartedly believe in defending our Second Amendment rights, and if other states are looking to legislate an industry out of existence, then we should capitalize on this opportunity to deliver to our constituents good, family-sustaining jobs.”

 

 

 

 

 

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