Republican Gov. Paul R. LePage on Friday published an opinion editorial with the Wall Street Journal in which he invited the country’s top firearm manufacturers to bring their businesses to Maine and pledge never to sign gun control legislation for the Pine Tree State.
“We are dismayed to see strict anti-gun legislation in states that are home to some of our country’s best firearms manufacturers,” wrote LePage.
“Beretta USA Corp. in Maryland, Colt Manufacturing Co. in Connecticut and Magpul Industries in Colorado are facing hostile—and hysterical—legislation from politicians who slap them in the face for providing their states with jobs, opportunity and revenue,” he wrote.
“Beretta, Colt and Magpul: Come to Maine.”
“Our tradition ranges from Hiram S. Maxim, inventor of the first fully automatic machine gun, who was born in 1840 in Sangerville, Maine, to the renowned Bath Iron Works, which produces the world’s most advanced surface warships,” wrote LePage.
“I will never sign anti-gun legislation that erodes the rights of Maine citizens, drives your business away or infringes on the U.S. Constitution or the State of Maine Constitution,” he wrote.
“Come to where you are welcome and where you will be appreciated,” wrote LePage. “Come to Maine. I’ll even throw in some lobster.”