Idaho - Gunning for gun makers


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RTFM
January 21, 2008, 10:43 AM
Sorry for the whole article as a quote, but they do not hold srticles on line long.

I thought this was WONDERFUL news for us here in Idaho.

http://www.magicvalley.com/articles/2008/01/20/news/business/129037.txt

Gunning for gun makers
Idaho tries to attract firearm manufacturers
By Joshua Palmer
Times-News writer
Idaho has taken its first step in an aggressive campaign to attract gun manufacturers and other outdoor recreation industries.

Known as the Recreational Technology Campaign, Idaho Department of Commerce is partnering with the state's regional economic development groups to market Idaho as the best state for gun manufacturers to do business.

State officials say the campaign is targeting gun manufacturers in states that are growing increasingly hostile toward firearms and ammunition manufacturers - at least 12 states have either passed, or are discussing legislation that would make it more difficult for gun manufacturers to operate.

Idaho is now marketing itself as a home for gun manufacturers in light of the state's unique laws that protect gun ownership and manufacturing.

For example:

Idaho is the only state with a state constitution that protects gun makers from special taxation or registration.

Idaho code limits lawsuits against firearms and ammunition manufacturers, and says state agencies cannot bring a suit against gun manufacturers "relating to the design, manufacture, marketing or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public."

"Idaho is kind of an obvious fit for the shooting industry, and I don't really know why we didn't do this earlier," said Bibiana Nertney, communications director for Idaho Commerce.

Regional economic officials say Idaho's firearms laws have generally been accepted as the norm despite the wave of gun control legislation in other states.

But Idaho's newfound interest in gun manufacturers goes beyond a convenient set of laws: The firearms and ammunition manufacturing industry is worth a collective $2 billion per year.

So when the state completed an industry survey on companies that would benefit from the state's culture, one industrial sector stood out as an ideal candidate for Idaho - the sportsman industry.

"This really goes beyond just the firearms industry," Nertney said. "We are also looking at other recreational technologies such as companies that make bow hunting and fishing equipment."

So in an effort to get the word out, state and regional officials began creating a campaign in 2007 that would market the state's "firearm friendly" laws and its prevalence of outdoor recreational opportunities.

In November, the Idaho Department of Commerce sent hundreds of information packets to firearms manufacturers throughout the United States, proclaiming that Idaho is a state with "better protection for firearms and ammunition manufacturers."

And in less than two weeks, department officials - together with the directors of at least four regional economic development organizations in Idaho - will attend one of the largest firearms shows in the nation.

"This is really only the first step in a long process,"said Jan Rogers, director of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization. "What we are trying to do is meet with these companies to see what they are looking for and hopefully get their attention."

And that's exactly what the state has managed to do.

Nertney said that after the state sent out its newly printed literature on Idaho's gun laws, eight companies responded with an interest in learning more about expanding or relocating to the Gem State.

"We thought that was extremely fast to have that type of response in such a short amount of time, so we we're pretty excited about this," Nertney said.

State and regional officials have been racing within the past month to contact smaller firearms manufacturers already based in Idaho.

The intentions are two-fold: To learn more about how the industry operates, and use that information to attract other manufacturers.

"We learned that there is a lot more to this than the manufacturers themselves," Rogers said. "There are also a lot of smaller businesses that make things like holsters and gun sights, which would do well in our smaller communities."

The firearms and ammunition manufacturing industry is made up of about 200 small arms manufacturers, but that does not include the hundreds of smaller companies that supply the shooting industry with accessories.

Idaho is already home to one of the largest commercial ammunition makers in the nation, as well as smaller makers of firearms and shooting accessories. Some are widely known, while others - particularly those with government contracts - closely guard their anonymity.

The companies that are already based in Idaho will become a critical part of the campaign as Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter kicks off his Top-to-Top program during the Recreational Technology Campaign.

The program will use executives of firearms and ammunition manufacturing businesses in Idaho to network with business owners in other states.

Joshua Palmer may be reached at (208) 735-3231 or at jpalmer@magicvalley.com


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Avenger29
January 21, 2008, 10:48 AM
Cool. I've always wondered why many manufacturers are in states hostile to guns (like IL and NY).. they need to MOVE OUT.

The-Fly
January 21, 2008, 01:31 PM
Les Baer already told IL to go (insert word of choice) themselves and moved across the river to IA.

IdahoFarmer
January 21, 2008, 03:21 PM
Hoorah for us!

"Way to go, Idaho!"

armedandsafe
January 21, 2008, 06:18 PM
FETCH! :D I like it.

Pops

3/325
January 21, 2008, 06:29 PM
That's right next door to my state. Sweet! There's no way a *** like Gov. Gregoire would even consider something like that here (WA), but Idaho is close enough for now.

james_bond
January 21, 2008, 06:43 PM
One more thing to love about the Gem State.

They said, Idaho is already home to one of the largest commercial ammunition makers in the nation,....
Which one is that? and where is ID in it?

Twycross
January 21, 2008, 06:52 PM
ATK CCI/Speers, located in Lewiston, ID.

About thirty miles from where I grew up. :)

BlindJustice
January 21, 2008, 06:59 PM
SInce I live about 25 miles north, but in WA state
but the nearest indoor range is in Lewiston.

The plant for CCI/Speer is in Lewiston ID


and a couple of specialty shops that come to mind
Milt SParks Holsters is in Idaho CIty ID near Boise

Herrett Stocks are in Twin Falls ID

and the company that makes Cabelas Bulletproof gun cases
is located in Rathdrum ID

TCB in TN
January 21, 2008, 07:01 PM
Sounds like great news, my mother in law lives out there and if they keep up this type of thing I may have to head out that way more often.

MarshallDodge
January 21, 2008, 07:10 PM
Idaho would be a great place to build firearms.

Freedom Arms is on the east border of Idaho in Wyoming so there must be some good gunsmiths in that area.

AndyC
January 21, 2008, 07:24 PM
I would love to hear news of manufacturers giving the finger to anti- states and actually moving.

1911NM
January 21, 2008, 07:36 PM
What happened to potatos? :neener:. Naw, actually I think it is fantastic, and with the proper motivation, I would move to Sandpoint in a heartbeat. No living for a mid level shrink with a shooting habit there. :banghead:

quatin
January 21, 2008, 07:39 PM
Idaho code limits lawsuits against firearms and ammunition manufacturers, and says state agencies cannot bring a suit against gun manufacturers "relating to the design, manufacture, marketing or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public."

Does that mean if there was a design defect, the state can't sue?

jerkin
January 21, 2008, 07:40 PM
Are you sure they aren't talking about potato guns??

Sorry, couldn't help myself.

eric_t12
January 21, 2008, 08:37 PM
ehhh, i've always rejected the term "sportsman industry" when re: firearms...

i personally feel it should be called the national defense industry :D

other than that GO IDAHO!

Werewolf
January 21, 2008, 09:40 PM
Good for Idaho...

Coincidentaly I heard on the radio this morning that OK is one of 5 states trying to get one of the major gun manufacturers who is planning a move to come here. Who the manufacturer is seems to be a secret at this time.

Murray State College has one of the best gunsmithing programs in the country and OK is hyping that big time.

I wonder if Idaho is courting the same manufacturer as OK?

Good luck to you guys up there but in all honesty - I hope we get 'em.

jakeswensonmt
January 22, 2008, 12:37 AM
Your thread title corn-fused me, I thought "Gunning" meant that they were filing a lawsuit against the gun manufacturers, and I thought "Whaaaat? Idaho? Really?" Makes sense now.

Leanwolf
January 22, 2008, 01:04 AM
BLIND JUSTICE - "and a couple of specialty shops that come to mind
Milt SParks Holsters is in Idaho CIty ID near Boise "


Just a minor correction. Milt Sparks Holsters is in Boise, and has been for more than 12 years or so. Sparks was in Idaho City for many years, but moved his operation to Boise. He's been dead for some time.

L.W.

RTFM
January 22, 2008, 09:04 AM
I'll be at the SHOT how here in a few weeks, I'll be looking for our (Idaho) booth to talk with them just to say hello and pass on the well wishes.

Praxis
January 22, 2008, 02:34 PM
Way to go Idaho!
Glad to hear that my old home state is courting the firearms industry. They also have a number of important knife manufacturers. (since knives are firearms accessories after all). Buck recently moved their opperations to Post Falls a couple years ago. Chris Reeve has been making knives in the Boise area for years.

3/325
January 22, 2008, 02:51 PM
The right to keep and bear Taters, shall not be infringed.

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