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Dear Gun Manufacturers Come to Maine
Hotair ^ | 04/15/2013 | Jazz Shaw

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 accessories—some of which are under siege in their home states by politicians pushing anti-gun legislation—to 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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: banglist; business; guncontrol; guns; maine; secondamendment

1 posted on 04/15/2013 8:49:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Not likely with Maine’s Senator signing on to the Toomey Gun Control bill......

Here I had thought we were rid of that crone......


2 posted on 04/15/2013 8:52:54 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare berry bear formerly known as Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: SeekAndFind; bang_list

Wrong. Don’t go to main. When CW2 kicks off, you’ll be behind enemy lines.


3 posted on 04/15/2013 8:56:12 AM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: DCBryan1
main

Damn spell checker on IPAD.

MAINE!

4 posted on 04/15/2013 8:56:54 AM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: SeekAndFind
How could there be any assurance that Maine will not be like Massachusetts in a generation?

From North Dakota, all those little east coast states look the same.

5 posted on 04/15/2013 9:00:34 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: SeekAndFind

Only a fool would locate a business in a state with a Rat legislature.


6 posted on 04/15/2013 9:01:46 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: DCBryan1

VT and NH are in the top ten most gun-friendly states list.


7 posted on 04/15/2013 9:02:06 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Same from Georgia. We should consolidate those tiny little states into one. That would minimalise the damage their representitives do to our country.


8 posted on 04/15/2013 9:05:52 AM PDT by southernerwithanattitude (New and Improved Redneck!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dear Gun Manufacturers:

Don’t go to Maine until after they get rid of Susan Collins.


9 posted on 04/15/2013 9:08:00 AM PDT by Bell407Pilot
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10 posted on 04/15/2013 9:11:45 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


11 posted on 04/15/2013 9:22:49 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maine?

Yeah, right. Go to Texas or Oklahoma.


12 posted on 04/15/2013 9:30:56 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maine might be marginally better than Massachusetts and Connecticut but if you’re moving, go to Texas.


13 posted on 04/15/2013 9:38:13 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


14 posted on 04/15/2013 9:39:41 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: SeekAndFind

Maine is mostly Republican... lots of LIBERTARIAN small towns....


15 posted on 04/15/2013 9:49:13 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Rand Paul/Ben Carson should be the 2016 Ticket!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


16 posted on 04/15/2013 9:51:56 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a trap!


17 posted on 04/15/2013 10:41:04 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: DCBryan1

Remember the Maine!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Maine_%28ACR-1%29


18 posted on 04/15/2013 7:39:33 PM PDT by Redcitizen (.)
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