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Compromise proposal: End government subsidies for gunmakers

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These days, some want to ban wide classes of firearms. Some want to tax heavily bullets.

Others worry that any new restrictions on gun ownership would infringe on liberty.

I have a compromise proposal: End government subsidies of gun manufacturing.

The Associated Press reports:

New York state has spent nearly $6 million over the past three years on subsidies for a two-century-old upstate factory that makes firearms including semiautomatic rifles used by the military and police and like those used in the recent mass killings in Connecticut and Webster, N.Y….

In 2010, Empire State Development, the agency that works with private companies to attract and retain jobs, announced $2.5 million in grants and subsidies to help Remington bring its Marlin lever-action gun production from Connecticut to Ilion and add 100 jobs. That followed two grants in 2009 worth $3 million for renovations and machinery.

 

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