Idaho Towns Welcome Firearms Despite Gun Control Crackdowns Across the Country
Once renowned for its timber, Potlatch, Idaho is jumping on the bandwagon to reinvent itself by making its town more gun-friendly. Dan Springer reported that officials there say guns are the way to stir up their economy. After the mills shut down over 30 years ago, almost half of the population was forced to move. Hunting remained popular among those who stay, making it easier to introduce this firearm-friendly policy.
When the formerly Seattle-based PNW Arms wanted to move its business elsewhere, Potlatch welcomed the company. Springer noted that these are high-tech jobs and the company even developed a bullet for
the military that doesn’t slow down when it hits water. PNW Arms official, William Lyon said, “We have a welcoming environment, regulatory environment is very favorable to our type of business … and our supply chain is a lot closer.”
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There are 58 companies that make guns or ammunition based in Idaho. The state legislature passed laws protecting firearm manufacturers from lawsuits if their products are misused. Potlatch Mayor David Brown says, “The guns are going to be built someplace … so why not here? It’s controlled -- we’re not having a lot of killings around here.”