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Which states are the most gun friendly?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Bobothebigdog, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. Bobothebigdog

    Bobothebigdog New Member

    May 20, 2003
    I'm looking for a place to live and start my own firearm manufacturing company. I was wondering which states are the most gun friendly. I'm also interested in figuring out how hard it is to get a license to produce and sell firearms in the US.

  2. Brick

    Brick Member

    Sep 24, 2004

    Vermont has the most lax of any last time I checked. No permits of any kind for carry, open or concealed.

    Only students may not bring guns to campus, or anyone to government offices.

    For producing arms? Not my area. Better hope you're the next JMB!!!:what:

    edit: whoops :eek: oh hey welcome to the high road:D
  3. Don't Tread On Me

    Don't Tread On Me Senior Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    Come to Florida, BUT

    Don't even think of coming here if you don't bring your pro-gun vote. ;)

    We could use a little help in this swing state come election time. Nationally, we have 2 gun banners in our Senate.

    Statewide, we have an ultra-pro gun legislature.

    If you don't like it here, try Arizona - they are on par.
  4. Bobothebigdog

    Bobothebigdog New Member

    May 20, 2003
    Thanks Brick, Don't Tread On Me. I like dry hot areas. How is Nevada, New Mexico and Texas?
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2004
  5. Connecticut Yankee

    Connecticut Yankee New Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Try Utah, South Dakota, Nevada, ?Montana

    I think South Dakota actually has a brochure and website telling you why it is a good idea to relocate there to manufacture firearms. I also seem to recall that Utah is very friendly to manufacturers, as is Montana and Nevada. Why don't you check the manufacturers list in the back of Gun Digest and see what companies are located in the Plains and Northwest states and call them up and see what their experiences have been.
  6. NC Shooter

    NC Shooter New Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Raleigh, NC
    It is interesting to me that there seems to be a disproportionate number of gun manufacturers in strongly gun unfriendly states. Beretta in Maryland, Dan Wesson in New York, Smith & Wesson in Mass, etc.

    Seems strange to me. I think if I was company management my stance would be if you don't want my product you don't need my jobs and move to a gun friendly area. It's not that easy and the number of jobs is probably not great, but geez louize how and why do they put up with the constant negative attitudes?

    Just my $.02
  7. Tomac

    Tomac Active Member

    Oct 13, 2003
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Idaho is very gun-friendly ("shall issue" CCW, Class 3 State, RKBA protected in the State Constitution) but a business may well set up shop in a state w/favorable tax laws and other perks designed to attract businesses.
  8. armoredman

    armoredman Elder

    Nov 19, 2003
    proud to be in AZ
    Arizona - lots of room out here. Only states more progun are Vermont and Alaska....:cool:
  9. Linux&Gun Guy

    Linux&Gun Guy Member

    Sep 4, 2003
    Just outside Richmond,VA
    I would go to Alaska. With the combo of the new 4oz freedom and good gun laws its a cool place to live. However its cold and bugs are everywhere I think. Plus if an ice age comes they will be SOL
  10. readyfire

    readyfire New Member

    Jul 13, 2004
    1 for South carolina!
  11. schromf

    schromf Active Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    Ditto on Idaho, good business friendly, pro gun state. You didn't say what kind of maufacturing so its a big dark area. I do know that Buck knives moved to Post Falls, from **********, because of lower cost of business.
    THe Boise area has a lot of business down there and I would think suppliers and etc would be very good there. In Northern Idaho Spokane Wa is the business hub, but Wa is not a tax friendly state.

    Alaska do some homework on that or talk with Wild Alaska, shipping and transportation must be increased costs of doing business there, whether it offsets the tax benefits, I can't comment on.
  12. jacketch

    jacketch Member

    May 3, 2003
    Richmond, Virginia
    Virginia is for (Gun) Lovers!!!

    Unfortunately, from your perspective, our unemployment is so low that it is difficult to hire good workers.
  13. parsec

    parsec New Member

    Aug 27, 2004
    Take a look at Colorado. We have very friendly gun laws. We're shall issue and you can carry in any public building that doesn't have metal detectors. Also, no permit needed for car carry, and no restrictions on restaurant carry. Our real attraction though are our tax laws. Our Constitution includes a Tax Payer Bill Of Rights (TABOR for short) which states that ANY tax increase, state or local, must be approved by the voters. Also, if the State collects more taxes than it has budgeted to spend, it MUST return those taxes (unless the voters approve a measure allowing them to keep it). I've gotten a refund on my state taxes every year since this law was passed.
  14. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Senior Member

    May 21, 2004
    "Land of (dis)Enchantment"
    New Mexico is fairly gun friendly, but our Gross Receipts tax situation is a loser for small business. As much as I hate to say it, any of our neighboring states would be better for a business start-up.
  15. jeff-10

    jeff-10 Participating Member

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Florida
    Florida is a good place for gun ownership and taxes but it would not be my top choice for a firearm manufacturer. We have a lot of importers here but if I was to become a manufacturer I would do it in one of the gun friendly mid-west/mountain states. Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Dakotas or Colorado.
  16. jnojr

    jnojr Participating Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    Reston, VA
    But that would require either uprooting hundreds of families, or having loyal employees lose their jobs because they can't or don't want to move for whatever reason. And it would cost millions to relocate that kind of manufacturing line.

    As for the OP... I hear tell there's a lot of new and relocated manufacturing firms in Henderson, NV. A lot of CA companies have moved over there. You will want to consider things like state income tax (I think NV has none), the availability of labor, the cost of getting raw materials and machinery in, things like environmental permits, etc. All in all, CA is probably about your worst option... :D
  17. cajunboy2k

    cajunboy2k New Member

    Sep 26, 2003
    South East Texas
    Try Texas

    Please come to the Beaumont area in southeast Texas. There are plenty of empty WAL_MART and K_MART stores to choose from., We have a great ecnomy, but still a lot of unemployment. Probably some of the lowest gasoline prices in the country (lots of refineries). Fresh water supply. Lots of hunting and fishing opprotunities. The temperature in the summer is around 95deg F during the day. The winters here are very mild. Snows about once every ten years and melts right away. If you need anymore info, contact me at cajunboy2k@yahoo.com I will be happy to talk to you.
  18. ilcylic

    ilcylic Participating Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    Desert Southwest, USA

    I have recently moved to Nevada from New Mexico, so I can offer some perspective on those two states.

    Nevada doesn't have state income tax, which is good. New Mexico does, but it is fairly low. Both states are very gun friendly, though Nevada Highway Patrol requires gun stores to route background checks through them, and charges $25 for the priviledge, whereas New Mexico allows gun stores to call the FBI themselves.

    New Mexico has a fairly poor economy, so there is generally pretty high unemployment, meaning lots of available workers, and the Albuquerque community college actually turns out very good welders and machinists.

    Mr. Sistema mentioned the Gross Reciepts Tax in NM, but having worked as a contractor, all that has ever meant to me is that you have to collect sales tax. The rate is pretty low. Albuquerque only has 5.8% sales tax. It is possible that there is something he knows that I don't, however, as I hardly claim to be a tax expert. :)

    Nevada (or at least Las Vegas / Clark County) just overall seems to have more laws, regulations, and restrictions than New Mexico does. Don't do this. You must do this. There is $X fee for this, that, and the other thing. Fill out this paperwork. Stand in that line. Blah blah blah.

    Clark County requires handguns to be registered.

    The climate in Las Vegas is both hotter and drier than Albuquerque. That's either a feature or a bug, depending on your perspective. Housing, and other property, are a lot more expensive in Las Vegas than Albuquerque. Personally, I feel the city is laid out atrociously, and the traffic is nuts.

    (Ok, so this is turning into "Why I don't like having moved to Las Vegas" but I'm trying to give objective reasoning.)

    In general I feel that New Mexico is freer than Nevada. Both states are straight across the board NFA states, but due to the generally poorer people in New Mexico, such firearms are less common than in Nevada.

    Also, while Arizona has done well in spite of it, from a "regulatory" point of view, Nevada is just too darn close to California.

    My girl and I are moving back to New Mexico as soon as we can.

  19. reagansquad

    reagansquad Member

    Aug 7, 2004
    Washington State is a perfect example of how gun owners can be successful in a liberal state.
  20. captain obvious

    captain obvious Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Fairfax County VA (Wolf's district NOT Moran's) -
    West Virginia - except for Shall Issue, the only state gun law is the law banning gun control

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