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[s49] Firearms Manufacturers Are Welcome in Indiana
Start Date: 4/11/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/11/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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In recent months, gun makers have become the target of misguided state and federal regulation. Most of these corporations have been around for many years, some even hundreds of years. They are part of the fabric of America. Yet those in Congress and the Whitehouse, and even some in state and local governments, have sought to place stringent regulations on these independent employers.


Here in Indiana, we recognize that the right to bear arms is a fundamental part of American tradition. Our legislature favors the Second Amendment. Our business environment is growth-centered and lowly taxed. For all those reasons, I believe Indiana is the right place for these corporations to relocate should new regulations make their current homes unwelcoming in the future.


Several of my Senate colleagues and I recently authored Senate Resolution 61, which invites arms manufacturers to relocate to Indiana. This $33 billion industry could provide scores of high-paying, high-skill jobs for our state at a time when many Hoosiers are still looking for work. The average salary for these precision engineering jobs is about $48,000.


Not only do these companies develop jobs, they will spur the Hoosier economy. These manufacturers are traditionally nationally focused enterprises that stay in the United States and do not outsource jobs elsewhere. They will provide products to the commercial market, as well as supplying state law enforcement agencies and fulfilling military defense contracts. In Indiana, arms manufacturers would also be able to collaborate with Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center’s world-class, state-of-the-art center for special operations weapons, ammunition and related components.


All these qualities make Indiana and this specialized industry a perfect fit. I have no doubt that both our state and these manufactures could benefit from this partnership.


State Sen. Jim Tomes




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Phone: 317-232-9425
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