Skip to comments.Dear Gun Manufacturers – Come to Maine
Posted on 04/15/2013 8:49:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
As more states follow the lead of New York, Connecticut and Colorado, passing rafts of laws which are decidedly unfriendly to Second Amendment supporters, gun and weapons equipment manufacturers have been feeling the squeeze. Some are already looking to pack up their plants and their jobs and head to friendlier climes, and governors like Rick Perry have been quick to welcome them with open arms – pun intended. But the rest of the more freedom oriented states apparently won’t be willing to sit on the sideline and let Perry grab up all the benefits.
Governor Paul LePage of Maine is getting in on the act, and he’s not being subtle about it. He took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal with an open appeal to the owners of several such companies and made his case.
When Americans think of Maine, they often think of rocky coasts, lobster and moose. But Maine also has a long and proud tradition of military service, a legacy of world-class manufacturing, and a high percentage of personal firearm ownership.
That’s why I invite manufacturers of firearms and related accessoriessome of which are under siege in their home states by politicians pushing anti-gun legislationto come to Maine. As a state that is fiercely protective of our right to bear arms, we will welcome you and your business.
If you read the full letter you’ll see that LePage has quite a few tales to tell in the interest of beefing up Maine’s Second Amendment bona fides. He tells a story which I missed entirely about a newspaper there trying to get a list of gun owners from the government to publish. He worked with the legislature to pass a new law to squash that effort within 48 hours. He also discusses Maine’s proud tradition of both manufacturing and individualism. But to really make the sale, he closes with this powerful and very direct offer.
Beretta, Colt, Magpul and any others: In Maine you will find air, rail and seaports that can carry your exceptional products across the country and across the globe. You will find hardworking Mainers, and you will find a governor who is ready to provide incentives and guarantees that will make it attractive for you to set up shop in our state.
I will never sign anti-gun legislation that erodes the rights of Maine citizens, drives your business away or infringes on the U.S. Constitution or the State of Maine Constitution.
Come to where you are welcome and where you will be appreciated. Come to Maine. I’ll even throw in some lobster.
I don’t know if it will work, but if I were in charge of Beretta, I’d read that letter, pick up the phone and at least look into the situation. It’s a pretty sweet offer, even without the lobster.
Not likely with Maine’s Senator signing on to the Toomey Gun Control bill......
Here I had thought we were rid of that crone......
Wrong. Don’t go to main. When CW2 kicks off, you’ll be behind enemy lines.
Damn spell checker on IPAD.
From North Dakota, all those little east coast states look the same.
Only a fool would locate a business in a state with a Rat legislature.
VT and NH are in the top ten most gun-friendly states list.
Same from Georgia. We should consolidate those tiny little states into one. That would minimalise the damage their representitives do to our country.
Dear Gun Manufacturers:
Don’t go to Maine until after they get rid of Susan Collins.
New York has sent out subpoenas to Health Care professionals for records to indicate if any citizens need their guns confiscated.
For all of those who just love to pick on NY (upstate does not suck as much as downstate) WARNING, this is the test of how far government can go without any response from those who actually believe in the brilliance of the founders.
NYers need your support otherwise this rights cancer will spread to all the other rights and to every state in the nation.
They are testing us.
These are the EXACT same people who are quite happy to kill a baby using the cover of privacy (not an actual right to abortion) yet VIOLATE privacy in subpoenaing health care records to violate the 2nd Amendment.
NY State was caught last week violating the rights and privacy of an upstate gun holder by confiscating his guns and permit even though they now admit it was a mistake yet in the very next breath they subpoena more records to do exactly the same thing.
The NY State police are now quite divided as there are some who are NOT brown shirts yet are being ordered by the Cuomo mafia to do its bidding.
NY has also been working with DHS to test how the 4th amendment and HIPA laws can be circumvented.
You have been warned.
Yeah, right. Go to Texas or Oklahoma.
Maine might be marginally better than Massachusetts and Connecticut but if you’re moving, go to Texas.
Maine, even with most of the past 40+ years being dominated by Rat government, has been good for firearms freedom. But, as they say, past performance does not predict the future.
More problematic is the very poor business climate in Maine. No right to work, high business taxes, etc.
The gun manufacturers are better off going elsewhere.
Maine is mostly Republican... lots of LIBERTARIAN small towns....
I don’t understand Maine.
They pride themselves on their yankee self-reliance, but demand a socialist welfare state.
Better by far for firearm manufacturers to head to deep red states. That way they will be close to the client when CWII starts.
It’s a trap!
Remember the Maine!