Wyoming governor welcomes gun industry with open arms

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Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said he hopes more gun makers will follow Weatherby and Magpul to his state. (Photo: Gov. Matt Mead/Facebook)

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead welcomes gun and accessory manufacturers to his state with open arms, according to an interview with local media earlier this month.

Mead told KGAB AM 650 he hopes Wyoming will become “the state” for the gun industry after Weatherby decided to relocate to Sheridan last month, bringing with it upwards of 90 jobs and $4.7 million in state and local taxes.

“I think it’s a great investment in terms of dollars,” he said. “But I also think it’s a great investment because it captures what I’ve been trying to work on the last several years on recruiting gun companies and gun manufacturers.”

Weatherby joins the ranks of Magpul IndustriesThunder Beast Arms, Wyoming Arms and Best of the West — all of whom chose Wyoming for expanding operations.

“I think Wyoming really has a chance to be known as the state that is the state for gun manufacturing,” Mead said.

Mead’s office announced the Weatherby relocation in a Jan. 23 statement, noting the three-generation family-owned gun maker chose Sheridan for its “business-friendly environment, proximity to outdoor opportunities, a vibrat downtown and skilled workforce.”

“This is wonderful for Wyoming and for Weatherby,” Mead said. “This deal has been in the works for over a year – good things are worth the wait.”

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