Are Restrictive Gun Laws Bad for Local Economies?

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015
One of the discussions that is happening, mainly behind the scenes, about the pros and cons of more restrictive gun laws has to do with economics. Most things do seem to come down to economics in some way and gun laws are no different.

One way this is happening is with gun manufacturers. If you think about it, would a gun manufacturer rather give jobs and boost the economy in a “gun friendly” state or a “gun restrictive” state? The answer is pretty obvious and gun manufacturers are taking more not of this than in the past. They are now looking more and more into relocating their plants and creating an economic plus for the states that support less restrictive gun laws.

There was a recent article in The Kansas City Star specifically about this issue, “Increasingly gun-friendly Kansas is on the hunt for makers of firearms.” Not only is Kansas looking at their gun laws but they are proactively trying to use this to bolster their economy as well by looking for ways to attract gun manufacturers and others connected to the firearm industry. While most states aren’t as obvious as this, I think we will start to see much more aggressiveness by states in trying to attract this type of business to help their own economy.

Some quotes from this article are particularly telling…
We wouldn’t be in the game if it weren’t for our openness to guns and the Second Amendment,” said Pat George, Kansas commerce secretary.

From the article…“Gov. Sam Brownback hopes that an increasingly firearm-friendly environment helps draw gun makers and jobs to the state.” “During the last 18 months, the Brownback administration has been trying to lure gun makers to Kansas, urged on by conservative lawmakers who believe that easing gun restrictions could make the state more attractive to manufacturers under legislative assault elsewhere.” “At stake is a piece of an industry that churns through billions of dollars each year and employs tens of thousands of manufacturing workers across the country.”

What about our state? Are they gun friendly to a point where they would proactively go out and solicit more companies from the firearm industry to locate here? Would bringing more jobs to the area be something they would see as a primary reason and incentive to consider such a proactive stance on firearm industry companies? These are all questions that I’m sure will be discussed more in the coming months and years. What do you think? Share your thoughts on this idea and direction of states to improve their economic base.
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