BOISE, Idaho – Gov. Butch Otter is using Idaho's reputation as a 2nd Amendment friendly state to try and lure out-of-state businesses.
Lawmakers on the national, state and city level across the country have, or are talking about, creating stricter gun laws in the wake of tragedies like what happened last year in Newtown, Conn. The creation of those laws is driving some gun and ammunition manufacturers to consider relocating their businesses.
The governor sent a letter in April to 79 businesses in 28 states, personally inviting them to do business here in Idaho.
Otter is using Idaho's long standing history of protecting the 2nd Amendment as one reason to send a letter to 79 companies, an aggressive approach to attract business.
Right now, there are federal regulations when it comes to being a gun or ammunition manufacturer.
States, as they are allowed to do, can create even stricter regulations, if they choose. And that's what's happening in several states. In Idaho, the laws on the book are no stricter than federal regulations, and lawmakers have no plans to change that.
In January, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch sent a letter to Kalisek and Intacto Arms telling them that he would not stand for any impediment on 2nd Amendment rights or any further gun legislation.
The Department of Commerce says the 79 businesses that received the letter were targeted specifically, based on two reasons -- the size of the company and what's happening to gun laws in that state.