Otter invites firearms, ammunition makers to Idaho

The Spokesman-ReviewMay 7, 2013 

Legislature Adjourns

Gov. Butch Otter finds his way to the second floor of the Statehouse April 4 to congratulate members of the Idaho House as they finish the 2013 session. Otter vetoed a pair of bills a week later.

DARIN OSWALD — AP

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants more guns and ammo produced in his state.

Otter, a Republican, has sent letters to 79 firearms makers and ammunition producers in 28 states promoting the benefits of relocating to Idaho. He also declared May “2nd Amendment Protection Month” statewide.

“The National Rifle Association ranks Idaho as a gun-friendly state whose laws are among the least restrictive in the nation,” Otter said in his official proclamation. “The state of Idaho openly embraces companies in the arms and ammunition manufacturing sector to expand or relocate to the state.”

It was the seventh proclamation Otter has signed so far this month designating May to be the month of something; the others, from Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to Mental Health Month, all were requested by various groups. Not so the Second Amendment proclamation.

“In this case, he initiated this,” said Otter’s press secretary, Jon Hanian. “This was something he wanted to do.”

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