Lawmakers hope to woo gun manufacturers to Indiana

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A resolution that tries to tempt small arms manufacturers to come to Indiana passed the House on Tuesday.

The Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure also passed an almost identical resolution the same day.

Senate Resolution 61 and House Resolution 63 aim to attract gun manufacturers to Indiana by touting the state’s tax climate and gun rights laws. The House resolution also directs the chamber’s clerk to a copy of the resolution to vendors and businesses that deal and manufacture small arms. The Senate resolution gives that duty to the Senate secretary.

The resolution also encourages manufacturers to contact the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to “receive all the benefits available to them upon becoming an Indiana company.”

Sen. Jim Tomes, the Wadesville Republican who authored the Senate resolution, said gun and bullet manufacturers are leaving their home states because of hostile economic and regulatory environments.

“There’s a growing concern with those in the industry of what the future lies for them in these states where the legislatures and the governing bodies or even the people are unfriendly or hostile to them,” Tomes said.

He said Indiana’s centralized location and the presence of Crane Naval Warfare Center are two assets that could put the state over the top in the minds of manufacturers.

“Point for point, I believe Indiana could match in state in the nation on why it would be beneficial for them to move there,” Tomes said.

The resolution passed 11-0 out of the Senate committee and passed the House by a voice vote. Tomes said he hopes the state will also attract industries connected to firearms, such as scope builders, powder makers and brass and copper manufacturers.


  • Economic hotspot
    Incentives?? Really?? Why would we need to offer more when we offer super low business taxes, a cowed labor force that works for less every year, and the coup de gras, Daylight Savings Time. What else do these guys need??
  • Outstanding!
    Now if we could just get a couple dozen nuclear power plants built around here. Maybe they could use some of our vast hog manure lagoons for cooling fluid. It would be a win-win!
  • Meaningless Resolution
    This resolution is meaningless and nothing more than another move by the State Legislature to stoke their right-wing constituants. I think it's crystal clear to most of America at this point that Indiana is a low tax, low regulatory State and will offer just about anything to lure low paying, low skilled manufacturing jobs. The State Legislature doesn't need to take the extra step to advertise how desperate they are.
  • Agreed, Max
    Aren't you glad that such cool-headed, logical, tolerant people as DC Indy and Charlie have a houseful of guns? What could go wrong....
  • NO! NO!
    Indiana does need to boost its manufacturing base, but certainly we can do better than attracting more guns to the state. When is enough enough? Please work to elevate the liveability f our communities, not lower them.
  • To be clear...
    To be clear, my issue isn't with the pursuit of jobs for Indiana. I also don't think firearms manufacturing should be illegal. I simply think the world needs fewer firearms, not more, and that people who are given to hyperbole (like "totalitarianism" and "left-wing crackpots") make very poor policy decisions. This is a purely symbolic gesture meant to show that Indiana remains focused on the past rather than the future. Sadly, that description applies to virtually everything the legislature touches these days.
  • more guns
    libs will never understand or choose to ignore the states with some of the less strict gun laws or places with the highest numbers of citizens who own guns are the safest. i'm also tired of obama and the libs thinking they know best for everyone. its obviously not working both in safety and fiscally in places where libs have taken over. look at california, detroit, chicago, new york, etc. obama and libs need to go
  • Guns
    I'm not opposed to manufacturing guns in Indiana, but how many guns do we as a nation, need? It would be a great idea to cap the number of guns produced each year.
  • Legally speaking...
    The last time I checked, gun manufacturing is a legal activity. Just because YOU don't like it doesn't make it illegal. I despise the political boondoggle that is known as the "windfarm", but they exist, whether I like it or not. You left-wing crackpot "eye rollers" can sip on your Indiana-made beers and wines, which kill one heckuva lot more people than guns, but are made with the idea that they will be used responsibly, as are firearms. You gun-grabbers and the President are the best gun salesmen we ever had. If I was in the firearms business, I would want ten salesmen as good as Obama. I personally have bought two guns since he decided to make totalitarianism his signature accomplishment.
  • You're kidding
    Same here, Max.
  • Really
    Why don't you just roll yourself out of Indiana?
  • Firearms Jobs
    These are just the kind of job that would fit in to what Indiana and the Indianapolis area need. Most are good paying manufacturing jobs, suitable to replace many of the auto industry work that has left the area. They also bring engineering, accounting and logistics employment. Remington Arms has been a major employer in Ilion, NY for over 200 years. They are not happy with recent NY legislation that hurts their industry. Same of Smith and Wesson and Colt in Mass. All are suppliers of our military and police as well as sportsman.
  • Ridiculous
    I can't roll my eyes hard enough.
    • Interesting
      Is that the same IEDC that's being called out by our legislature for not delivering on jobs projections? Hopefully they won't deliver on this one either.

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