Gun-friendly states like Alabama, Idaho and Montana are trying to lure the nation's $3.8 billion firearms industry away from its traditional base in the northeast, arguing that gun-makers would be more at home in places with less restrictive firearms laws, reports the New York Times. among happier and more successful among citizens who regularly use firearms than they would be remaining in states trying to limit gun rights.
The approach is the latest twist in the interstate competition for scarce jobs, with hard-pressed states supplementing or even bypassing traditional enticements like tax breaks in favor of pitches that sell a lifestyle: greater personal freedom, low or no state taxes, minimal regulation, the absence of troublesome unions and of course, the unfettered right to bear arms. The firearms industry employs 90,000 people. “When we approach gun makers, we first make the cultural argument,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota. “People in business want to feel their business is wanted and welcome in the communities where they are located. In South Dakota, the culture is there. We don't regulate firearms businesses out of existence.”