This is what I have been busy with all day, and I wanted to share the effort with my friends and readers. Some folks complain, some folks say nothing, some actually make the effort. Now we will see where that effort leads us!
A Proposal to the City of Rowlett, TX
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am a dedicated gun owner, as are many of you. We all know the attitude at the federal level where guns and their manufacture is concerned because of the *gun control* proposals that are *in the wind* and because of the shooting at Sandy Hook.
I am NOT making a political statement here, what I see is an opportunity to move some of these gun makers to a *gun friendly* state, one that has NO state income tax and has a much lower tax base than that found in the New England states and the Northeastern USA.
There is already a movement afoot in Austin to get gun makers interested in Texas, and I am all for that, but why shouldn’t we attempt to get them interested in Rowlett?
Just the move from their highly taxed area should be a great incentive in itself. We have a great climate, a ready work force, all of the amenities to make Rowlett highly attractive and to bring a sustainable tax base to this City.
This proposal is a salesman’s dream. I have compiled a list of the most respected and well-known companies that are still headquartered in anti-gun territory, and I have included the contact details too.
This is TEXAS, we are a KNOWN pro-gun, pro-freedom state, why not at least TRY to bring these folks to Rowlett? I hope you will at least look into the feasibility of bringing companies like this to Rowlett. This is MY home too, and I want to see it GROW, and grow with style.
I love Rowlett and I am not trying to be *pushy*, but we all hear the pleas for ideas that could help this City and find ways to give us that sustainable tax base that is so much needed; here is one that could bring a tremendous addition to Rowlett. At least let it be known that you’ve seen this and are considering it, or not.
Even if the answer is NOT INTERESTED, at least I will know, and can be proud of having tried to better this City.
Below you will find a list with addresses and phone numbers.
The TexasFred Blog
Ruger would be a *possible* but with facilities in Arizona, it would be a *hard sell*.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. was founded in 1949 and is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. Sturm, Ruger is headquartered in Southport, CT, with manufacturing facilities located in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Customer Service Department
411 Sunapee Street
Newport, NH 03773
Telephone: 603-865-2442 / Fax: 603-863-6165
(Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm EST)
Ithaca was in Ithaca, NY and recently reopened in Ohio, again, a possible *hard sell* but if you don’t try you don’t know.
Ithaca Gun Company
420 N. Warpole Street
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
Phone: 1.877.6ITHACA (1.877.648.4222)
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
The following are located in anti-gun states with high taxes, New England and the Northeast USA. I would think that these folks would be ripe for the picking if they were approached correctly.
Charter Arms “A Proud History in New England’s Gun Valley, gun making is a tradition that stretches back for generations”.
18 Brewster Lane
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone: (203) 922-1652
Fax: (203) 922-1469
HI-POINT FIREARMS — Hi-Point Firearms manufactures semi-automatic handguns in several calibers, as well as semi-automatic Carbines. All Hi-Point Firearms are made in the United States of America with no imported components or parts.
Hi-Point Marketing & Distribution (MKS Supply)
8611-A N. Dixie Dr., Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: 937-454-0363 / Toll free: 877-425-4867 — Fax: 937-454-0503
Kahr Arms — An award-winning manufacturer of defensive handguns, is committed to long term service in the firearms industry. Research and development of new products is ongoing, driven in response to the market needs and customer input. If you value your life, carry the gun you can live with – KAHR. Kahr’s attention to detail, use of the finest materials, and employment of the most precise manufacturing methods gives you value, unmatched at any price.
Kahr Arms Factory
130 Goddard Memorial Drive
Worcester, MA 01603
Kimber Firearms – Kimber builds the world’s finest 1911 pistols right here in America; something that makes sense as few things are more American than a 1911 .45 ACP. Virtually every critical component of every pistol is manufactured inside the Kimber factory. The finest raw materials come through the front gate and Kimber does the rest, the only way to ensure that every part meets unequaled standards.
Kimber Mfg. Inc.
555 Taxter Road, Suite 235
Elmsford, NY 10523
Smith & Wesson — Globally recognized manufacturer of quality firearms for enthusiasts, hunters, collectors and professionals; since 1852, dedicated to the tradition of quality, reliability, performance and innovation.
Smith & Wesson
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104
Mon-Fri 8:00AM-8:00PM Eastern Time
Colt Firearms — Colt has always been an innovator, a pioneer – implementing mass production techniques, designing for parts interchangeability, always striving to improve production methods. Today, Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC operates just a few miles away from Samuel Colt’s original Hartford, Connecticut armory and continues to maintain its position as one of the world’s leading gun manufacturers by blending state-of-the-art technologies and modernized manufacturing methods.
Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC
P.O. Box 1868
Hartford, CT 06144 USA
Tel: 800-962-COLT (2658) * Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm EST
Fax: (860) 244-1379
Henry Rifles — See the entire line of fine Henry rifles, all made in America and priced right.
Henry Repeating Arms
59 East 1st Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Mossberg Shotguns — Mossberg® has been the leader in introducing important design breakthroughs to the firearm industry.
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
7 Grasso Ave. North Haven, CT 06473
Telephone: (203) 230-5300 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. E.S.T.)
Fax: (203) 230-5420
As said, I hope someone gives this proper consideration, and as I told one of our Council members a while ago, “Thank you for viewing this and sending it on down the line, that’s all I ask… If, for some reason, it’s a ‘NO, we’re not looking for that kind of business’ or the like, then I know where the future of Rowlett lies.