INDIANAPOLIS | The General Assembly is poised to invite gun makers currently manufacturing their products in "gun hostile" states to relocate to Indiana.
On Tuesday, the bipartisan Senate Rules Committee voted 11-0 for Senate Resolution 61, detailing Indiana's pro-business and pro-gun laws and regulations, and encouraging companies that make or deal in small arms to move to the state.
"I want to see Indiana become the Silicon Valley of the firearms industry," said state Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, sponsor of the resolution.
The measure is backed by the Indiana Manufacturers Association. Its representative, Ed Roberts, told the committee that Hoosiers have more skill and experience in manufacturing than citizens of other states and noted that Indiana already produces much of the steel used in guns.
Roberts said Indiana has an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capitalize on new, restrictive gun laws in states like Illinois, Connecticut and New York. He said those states' laws send a message that they don't care about the gun makers operating in their states.
"If they don't want them, we'll take them all," Roberts said.
The Republican-controlled Senate is likely to approve the resolution later this week and then send it to gun makers nationwide.
A similar measure is expected to be approved by the Republican-controlled House.