Commerce head courts firearms makers, says they mesh with Idaho's outdoors (w/video)

zkyle@idahostatesman.comJuly 17, 2013 

— Idaho wants gun and ammo makers.

Gov. Butch Otter did his best to roll out the welcome mat in May when he announced the state was courting 79 gun and ammo makers to relocate part or all of their operations to Idaho.

Commerce Director Jeff Sayer continued beating the drum Wednesday while speaking at an Idaho Firearms and Accessories Manufacturers Association forum in Boise.

"One of Idaho’s strengths is the Rocky Mountains are in our backyard," Sayer said. "There’s no reason we can’t make what Idaho is known for as one of our core business strengths. Meshing (the outdoors) with the firearm industry is a perfect fit."

Otter was supposed to address the group of about 40, which gathered at the College of Western Idaho Center at Boise State University. Sayer filled in when the governor had a scheduling conflict.

Sayer said the Department of Commerce continues to talk with the gun and ammo makers targeted in Otter’s initiative. Most of the companies have between 10 and 100 employees and operate in states with legislatures that pushed for gun regulation in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December.

Sayer said that a "half dozen" companies have expressed interest in moving to Idaho.

"We are finding they are receiving lots of other calls, too," Sayer said. "We will continue to initiate those conversations."

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