We reported last week on a bill introduced in Illinois that would ban certain types of assault weapons and cosmetic features on firearms. The initial reaction from the gun industry was strong, but on news of the measure’s approval in a House panel, gun makers ratcheted their threats up a level.
If the bill becomes law, the firearm manufactures say, they will pack up shop and leave the state. Along with their departure at least 750 jobs would be eliminated. Springfield Armory and ArmaLite are both headquartered in Illinois.
Congressmen from both parties have pledged support, but the future vote is still uncertain. It will be interesting to see if the threat to take business elsewhere is able to curb this anti-gun legislation.