Mississippi politician urges gunmakers in Connecticut, elsewhere to relocate

Story highlights

  • Massachusetts politicians predict the bid to lure Smith & Wesson to Mississippi will fail
  • The gun industry in Connecticut is being "demonized," says Mississippi's House speaker
  • Gunmakers in "anti-Second Amendment states" won't be criticized in his state, he adds
  • A U.S. senator from Connecticut calls the pitch "preposterous"
Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn has invited gunmakers such as Colt to relocate to his state from others including Connecticut, where firearms have been a controversial issue since a school shooting there last December left 20 students and six adults dead.
The gun industry in Connecticut is being attacked and "demonized" because of national politics, Gunn said in a letter this week to Colt's Manufacturing Company CEO Dennis Veilleux.
He also invited gunmaker Magpul Industries Corp. of Colorado to relocate to Mississippi.
Gunn, a Republican, said firearm manufacturers are "under attack in anti-Second Amendment states."