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Republicans invite gun manufacturers to set up shop in RI

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

The Rhode Island Republican House Caucus has invited gun manufacturers to set up shop in Rhode Island after the passage of strict gun regulations in Connecticut.

The caucus has invited Colt which is based in West Hartford CT and Beretta located in Maryland to come to Rhode Island and manufacture their fire arms.

"This is not about firearms, but jobs," said Rep. Brian C. Newberry, House Minority Leader.

On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. the governor and the Democratic General Assembly Leadership are expected to role out their own gun-control reform bills.

"Tomorrow, as the Governor and Democratic Assembly Leadership plan to introduce ideologically-driven gun control legislation that will ultimately serve no good purpose and do nothing to deter criminals, we wish to remind them that they are again neglecting one of the highest unemployment rate in America and failing to focus their energies on the number one priority facing Rhode Island's citizens – a lack of jobs," said Newberry.

"Our focus should be on rebuilding the economy and making Rhode Island a place that attracts high quality private sector jobs, not chases them away. Instead, tomorrow promises to be yet another high profile "social issue" sideshow that will merely perpetuate Rhode Island's reputation as a place where we always have our eye on the wrong ball.

"Gun manufacturing is a high-paying industry. We have vacant facilities here that match the industry's requirements. As well, we have a willing and available workforce with skills this industry can put to work. This is also an industry that is essential to our national security, so it is unlikely it will disappear," said Newberry.

Newberry said that the gun control plan to be proposed will drive business away instead of attracting new jobs to the state. He coined the legislative package as "feel good legislation."

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