Illinois firearms industry gets boost from Swanson event
Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) brought lots of ammunition with him to his 2nd Amendment Day, figuratively speaking.
The recent event brought together state and federal lawmakers and their staffs in an effort to educate them about the impact the firearm manufacturing industry has on Illinois’ economy, according to a press release.
“It was my sincere privilege to host this first 2nd Amendment Day for legislators in Illinois and to showcase these large employers and community partners in Western and Central Illinois,” Swanson said in the release. “People need to better understand the deep investments in not only jobs but our communities this industry represents. That’s what we’re here to do – educate decision-makers on the impact of this important industry to jobs in our region.”
Swanson’ said the the event was organized to counter legislative moves that discourage firearms manufacturing in Illinois. The day-long event included tours of Geneseo’s Springfield Armory, Colona’s Rock River Arms and Princeton’s L.W. Schneider. Participants also had the opportunity to take some target practice at the Milan Rifle Club.
“It was very compelling for these office holders and their staffs to see up close the jobs in this industry, the work these companies are doing in their communities, and for some to fire a gun for the first time under the careful instruction of Illinois State Rifle Association Range Masters,” Swanson said in the release. “I hope to make this at least an annual event to keep a focus on all the good this industry does for our Nation, our State, and especially our communities in Western and Central Illinois.”