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Gun Manufacturers Could Be Coming To Oklahoma
“They’re making a big mistake in Colorado and New York passing laws against the second amendment,”
Representative Mike Ritze said those mistakes could be Oklahoma’s gain.
“It’s a real pro-business thing to do to be friendly to businesses being turned away in their own state.”
With the threat of tougher legislation in Colorado, Magpul, a high capacity magazine manufacturer is threatening to pack its bags and leave.
“We reached out to them in the form of a letter and we also called them telling them the doors are always wide open for companies such as theirs to come to Oklahoma.”
The 85-million dollar company employs more than 200 people in Colorado. Jobs Representative Ritze hopes to bring to the Sooner State.
“I think it will increase jobs for our citizens and definitely bring more money into the economy for the local city state and counties.”
Earlier this year representatives also reached out to New York-based gun manufacturer Remington, after the state put a ban on assault rifles.
“Remington brings in hundreds of millions each year and a smaller growing business like this can do the same I’m sure.”
“It's not going to help us but it’s a great win for the state of Oklahoma,” said Steve Wingo, sales manager at Heartland Outdoors.
Wingo said because the companies are manufacturers and not distributors they don't pose a threat to local businesses.
“If Remington opened a retail store that would be a different story.”
Still many residents are split on bringing gun companies to Oklahoma.
“It’s bad very bad. I don’t like it at all,” said Elizabeth Decarli.
“I don't have a problem with guns so it doesn't bother me. I’m pro guns,” added Caroline Chaney.
Posted: Saturday, March 30 2013, 05:37 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Medical examiner: 24 dead in Oklahoma twister
May 21, 2013 15:26 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- The state medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including nine children.
Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.
Elliott says nine children are confirmed dead, including seven who were pulled from the wreckage of an elementary school in Moore, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.
Teams are continuing to search the shattered community after the Monday afternoon tornado.
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