OFFICE OF SENATOR JAY PAUL GUMM
Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Johnston & Marshall Counties
For Immediate Release: February 4, 2008
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm
Oklahoma Continues Effort to Attract Firearms Manufacturers
at SHOT Show
A recent ranking by a gun control group gives
a timely boost to an effort to attract firearms manufacturers to
Oklahoma, according to the lawmaker who initiated the endeavor.
Last Thursday, the Brady Campaign – a group that advocates
gun control measures – said Oklahoma was tied with Kentucky
having the fewest gun control “points” in a national
study. Out of a possible 100 points, the two states scored a two.
An Oklahoma senator who initiated an effort to attract firearms
manufacturers to the Sooner State said the anti-gun group has give
his state a boost at just the right time.
“I do not agree with the Brady Campaign’s policy initiatives,
but they got it right on this study: Oklahoma is the most ‘gun
friendly’ state in the Union,” said Senator Jay Paul
Gumm, D-Durant. “And, this ranking could not have come at
a better time as we sharpen our focus on attracting a gun manufacturer
to further strengthen our state’s economy.”
Gumm made the comments while attending the SHOT Show in Las Vegas,
Nev., the world’s largest firearms trade show. A delegation
including representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce,
local economic developers and higher education officials made the
trip this weekend to spotlight the state’s effort to attract
the attention of firearms manufacturers.
“Every firearms manufacturer with whom we visit asks whether
Oklahoma law shows respect to the notion of gun ownership and the
freedom guaranteed by the Second Amendment,” he said. “This
ranking gives us amazing credibility, focuses our strategic advantage,
and sends a positive message to manufacturers currently located
in states hostile to the notion of gun ownership.
Several gun manufacturers are located in California, Connecticut
and Illinois. All three states are in the top 10 states when it
comes to restrictions on law-abiding citizens’ right to own
“That fact gives us a great opportunity, which is behind
our long-term commitment to bring a major firearms manufacturer
to our state,” Gumm said. “Any firearms manufacturer
would be welcomed with open arms in any Oklahoma community.”
Four years ago, Gumm wrote and passed Senate Joint Resolution 54.
That measure, which has the force and effect of law, directed the
Oklahoma Department of Commerce to partner with Murray State College
to spotlight Oklahoma as the new location of choice for firearms
Murray State College, located in the senator’s district,
is home to one of the nation’s top gunsmith schools.
“Oklahoma represents the perfect situation for any firearms
manufacturer,” Gumm said. “We have some of the nation’s
best economic development incentives. We have low taxes and plentiful
natural resources. We have a trained workforce and the capacity
to provide a steady stream of gunsmiths through the program at Murray
“To put the icing on the cake, Oklahoma law shows the greatest
respect to the Second Amendment right ‘to keep and bear arms’
and to those companies producing weapons to protect our families
and honor our tremendous sporting heritage.”
For more information contact:
Senator Gumm's Office: (405) 521-5586