A top Mississippi politician has a way to lure economic development to his state: Having gun manufactures relocate there.
Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn (R) sent letters to 14 gun manufacturing companies inviting them to come to the gun-friendly state, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.
"We need more businesses to establish home base in Mississippi," Gunn said. "We can provide these companies with an educated workforce, a superior quality of life, an evolving education system for their children, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing we support their industry."
The move comes as other states are aim to distance themselves from gun manufactures. The investment committee of California Public Employees' Retirement System, the biggest American pension fund, recently voted to divest itself of its holdings in two manufacturers of guns and high-capacity ammunition clips banned in California.
That move affects about $5 million in investments in the Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation and Sturm, Ruger & Company at the $254 billion.
Via The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.