State Rep. Caleb Rowden Says Gun Companies Are Interested in Relocating to Missouri

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Caleb Rowden.
New gun control laws probably aren't coming anytime soon to Missouri -- but some gun companies may be.

So says State Rep. Caleb Rowden, a Republican from Columbia who has been in contact with multiple gun companies that are interested in relocating to Missouri.

"To me, it was really a no-brainer," Rowden, who started courting gun businesses in April, tells Daily RFT. "Look, the Second Amendment is still pretty popular in our state."

This fact is a clear draw for gun manufacturers, he says.

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Rowden recently posted this message on Facebook about the progress he has made with his effort to expand the gun industry in Missouri:

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He tells us that he has specifically heard from two manufacturing companies that are early in the process of finding new locations and have expressed a clear interest in Missouri. A third business seems like a strong potential candidate as well, he says.

"Missouri is definitely going to be on the list," he says. "We are working to set up follow-up meetings...and just do whatever we can to push them in our direction."

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Some states that have passed new restrictions on guns face high-profile potential departures of related manufacturing businesses. In Colorado, for example, a company called Magpul Industries is relocating in response to the state's new ban on magazines that can hold more than fifteen rounds.

As we've chronicled here, the very few gun control proposals introduced in Missouri have gotten nowhere under Republican leadership at the legislature.

One Democrat who favors stricter gun policies estimated for us at the end of the legislative session that Republicans brought forth about two dozen pro-gun bills in comparison to three gun control bills introduced by the minority party.

This political climate is just one of many reasons why gun companies should consider Missouri, Rowden says.

"This is not a gun thing for me. This is much more of a jobs issue," he says, later adding, "The gun industry as a whole is not going anywhere. These companies are going to go somewhere. When you kind of put it in those terms, people have been very supportive. I've gotten a lot of great feedback."

Rowden says his district is split pretty evenly between Republicans and Democrats, but argues that there is broader support for gun companies moving in and bringing jobs.

"It's a good package that we are able to put together," he says. "I'm proud of that."

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Caleb Rowden, right.

He says that in addition to the lack of gun control laws, Missouri has a fairly good tax structure and incentives for these businesses. If companies do ultimately choose the state, it could mean thousands of new jobs, he adds.

"It's a good opportunity for us," he says.

Here's the original letter Rowden sent in April to gun companies.

Caleb Rowden Gun Letter

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ArmedLiberalInMO
ArmedLiberalInMO

Funny how the RFT tries soo hard to be pro-civil rights and then tries to bash a representative who is working to bring the ONLY manufacturing segment that weathered the Great Recession.   

bob.anders
bob.anders

Great News, unless you're a libtard who doesn't understand the Constitution.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

That sounds like the creations of jobs for skilled people. Yeah...Missouri could use some good new jobs. Come on gun companies! Move to Pevely, MO ...we would love to have you here. We already have one such company called Midwest Gun Works. http://www.midwestgunworks.com/page/mgwi

AreYouReallyThatDumb
AreYouReallyThatDumb

Forgot to add this earlier but

WE FINALLY FOUND BEAVIS!!! LOOK AT HIM!!! THAT'S FREAKING BEAVIS!!!!!

AreYouReallyThatDumb
AreYouReallyThatDumb

WooHoo...our backwoods redneck bible thumping conservatives out there in the middle of nowhere continue to make this state the laughing stock of the nation. They'll give big fat massive tax breaks to their buddies in the gun industry then use the loss in taxes to attack welfare claiming that's where the money went. Then they'll take big fat contributions from the same gun lobby and run the state into the ground with their asinine laws. We're screwed until we can fix their redistricting that they illegally drew up.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Great, now we have a hipster douchebag hillbilly legislator. Where does Missurah get these sister fucking rural assclowns? Is anyone in the sticks born with a fucking brain anymore?

Chris Wheeler
Chris Wheeler

Work is work and manufacturing plants create all kinds of work.

Kurt Bagin
Kurt Bagin

Are they forien gun companies or are we stealing( cannabilizing) from another state?

Andy Knight
Andy Knight

At no point should he be making statements without Dr. Bunsen Honeydew on hand to translate.

Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

Sales tax vs shipping? Yeah, I have no problem with it. Plenty of empty manufacturing sites here.

Brian Wittling
Brian Wittling

tax revenue plus skilled labor jobs for machinists and engineers.. sounds good to me.

Douglas Dial
Douglas Dial

Wish they'd come to IL. We could use the jobs.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Um Yes yes and yes. You really are not making a good case you know that right? hahahahahaha

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

It doesn't really matter what they are manufacturing. You want to see Boeing leave? Peabody Coal? Patriot Coal? Arch Coal? What about the stealth bombers at Whiteman AFB? You know they carry nukes right?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Yea cause the one thing Missouri does not have enough of is guns right?....Gay marriage? No. Medical marijuana? No. All ages rock clubs outside the city limits? No. House shows? No. Strip clubs? No. Really good 24hr dinners? No. But if you are looking to go fishing, hunting or want to go gamble away your kid's future well then welcome to Misery oh I mean Missouri.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

StL had a titanium machine shop that was suppose to start manufacturing a 1-2 shot personal defense firearm. But I think that dissolved. Plastic injection molding companies wanting to make components in Missouri, go ahead if it makes economic sense. But I wouldn't support a dollar in support. We make F-18 jets and bombs in StL County via Boeing. StL City is home of Peabody Coal.

Mark Cundiff
Mark Cundiff

I don't support anything to do with the proliferation of guns. Especially in this state.

Benjamin Scherliss
Benjamin Scherliss

I support his forehead. Lord knows, he needs some extra support with that.

AreYouReallyThatDumb
AreYouReallyThatDumb

@Thee Lovingcup Patriot Coal? That's laughable. After Peabody created the company they then declared it bankrupt screwing the people who worked there all their lives. F*CK PEABODY, PATRIOT COAL AND ARCH COAL. F*CK MONSANTO TOO. Go ahead, keep kissing the hand of the very people screwing this entire area..I hope they screw you next.


bob.anders
bob.anders

@Neil Aimaro You may want to move to San Fagcisco for your immoral behavior.  No one wants it here in Missouri where most actually live by higher morals and values.

AreYouReallyThatDumb
AreYouReallyThatDumb

@Neil Aimaro That's all people in the backwoods do...kill things. They don't know anything else and work for next to nothing because they never want to advance farther in life than a trailer and beer.

bob.anders
bob.anders

@Mark Cundiff Feel free to move out of State.  The 2nd Amendment gives us the right to carry and that we will do here.  The other States just need to be sued into compliance.

bob.anders
bob.anders

@Benjamin Scherliss It's obvious you don't have the ability to make an informed argument so you have to resort to personal attacks. Pretty typical of the kind who read this rag.  One point though, at least he has hair. LMFAO!

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