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House Approves Pro-Gun, Pro-Business Resolution

HJR 12 encourages firearm and accessories manufacturers to move to Alaska

Thursday, March 28, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska House of Representatives today passed a resolution encourage firearms and firearm accessories manufacturers in the Lower 48 to move their businesses to Alaska, if they feel threatened by restrictive anti-gun legislation at the state and federal level.

House Joint Resolution 12, sponsored by Alaska Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, also urges the Governor promote the state’s business-friendly climate and actively seek out companies and help with relocation efforts.

“We’ve got plenty of land and a citizenry that appreciates and fully supports our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, unlike others in the Lower 48,” Chenault, R-Nikiski, said. “In a time in Washington, D.C., and in states across America where gun laws are being more exclusive we’re sending an inclusive message to manufacturers: come to Alaska, where we won’t punish you or mandate how or to whom you can make and sell your products.”

Speaker Chenault recently wrote a letter to Magpul Industries Corp Founder and CEO Rick Fitzgerald of Boulder, Colo., who in press accounts said he will seriously consider moving his ammunition magazine manufacturing plant out of the state following the Colorado Legislature’s passage of restrictive gun laws.

Representative Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, also contacted Fitzgerald, and her office has created a Facebook page, “Magpul Industries – Alaska Wants You,” after learning people in other states were taking to the popular social media platform in an effort to get Magpul to relocate.

Copies of HJR 12 will be sent to 92 of the nation’s manufacturers, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the Governor.

HJR 12, which passed by a vote of 35-1, now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.

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