The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

May 8, 2013

Joplin lawmaker hopes to widen state’s door to makers of guns

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Legislation being considered by lawmakers would put a bull’s-eye target on Missouri for firearms manufacturers looking to move to gun-friendly states.

State Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, tacked the legislation on as an amendment to the Missouri Quality Jobs Act. If it is approved, gun and ammunition manufacturers would be able to claim tax credits for any new jobs created.

In an interview, White said that while he is typically “not a huge fan of tax credits,” he thinks something should be done to lure the gun and ammunition manufacturers that are looking to move out of some states that are passing laws that limit their industry.

“If I was one of those guys, why would I look at Missouri?” he said. “They’re just not going to look. We should do a tax credit for this.”

The bill would place a $3 million cap on the program, which would expire in six years. White said any new jobs would have to be created for a year at 120 percent of the average county wage, which he said is around $36,000 in Jasper County.

“If they keep the person for three years, they get to keep the money,” he said.

White said he has drafted letters to a handful of gun and ammunition manufacturers urging them to consider moving to the region in the event the bill is passed. He said the Missouri Department of Economic Development also is putting together data on tax credits that would be available through the program, and Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder supports the effort.

The bill, one in a set of nearly two dozen pro-gun bills moved through the General Assembly this year, has received strong opposition from the Democratic minority.

State Rep. Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis, said she was solidly opposed to the bill.

“He had no details as to jobs created, estimated revenue anticipated,” she said. “Why this industry? Existing tax credits have been seriously evaluated the past few years, and we are not giving other industries tax credits this freely.”

White’s proposal comes as other states are taking similar steps to court gun manufacturers.

Recently, dozens of lawmakers in South Carolina signed a resolution inviting gun manufacturers to that state.

“We just wanna get the word out that we’re here in South Carolina, and we’d love to see good businesses, and we believe that those are some of the good businesses,” said state Rep. Ralph Kennedy.

The resolution lists the possibility of incentives, success with other businesses, the status as a right-to-work state and a belief in the Second Amendment as reasons to consider setting up shop in South Carolina.

PTR Industries, a Connecticut gun company, has said it is considering a move, citing the cost of doing business in the state, especially after Connecticut passed stricter gun laws following the school shooting in Newtown. More than 40 states have contacted PTR about the move.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry also has put out a welcome mat for gun makers.

In April, he turned to Twitter to welcome PTR.

“Hey, PTR,” Perry posted on Twitter. “Texas is still wide open for business!! Come on down!”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS contributed to this report.

Broader bill

THE BROADER BILL that caries Rep. Bill White’s amendment is currently in a Senate committee. White’s amendment was added late in the session, but since the bill is a larger economic development measure, it could move forward as lawmakers move into the final week of the legislative session.

Text Only
Local News
  • Former Webb City teacher charged with sexual contact with student

    A former Webb City High School choir teacher was charged Tuesday in Jasper County Circuit Court with having sexual contact with a student. According to a probable-cause statement, Carrie Njoroge, 30, of Oronogo, had consensual sexual intercourse with an 18-year-old male student in her office at Webb City High School during the evening hours of April 15.

    April 23, 2014

  • Carthage Council reorganizes

    The Carthage City Council has one new member after Paul McCoy was sworn in Tuesday as 2nd Ward councilman. Oaths of office also were repeated by Mayor Mike Harris, and Councilmen Lee Carlson, Jason Shelfer, Kirby Newport and Brady Beckham, all re-elected in city balloting on April 8. Councilman Dan Rife was re-elected as mayor pro tem.

    April 23, 2014

  • New Powell bridge to open today

    Great River Associates engineer Spencer Jones, of Springfield, is planning a final inspection of the new Powell bridge on Cowan Road off Route E, to be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. today. The initial cost for the bridge was put at $800,000.

    April 23, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Spring a great time to visit Carver monument

    It occurred to me when the woman passed me — for the second time — as I ambled along the walking trail at George Washington Carver National Monument that perhaps I should step up the pace of my amble. The only problem is, the walking trail at the monument isn’t a place that necessarily inspires a stepped-up amble. To me, the Carver monument is a place to linger.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Season opens Friday for Carthage Art Walk

    Art, music and other activities are scheduled Friday when a new season of the Carthage Art Walk opens on the courthouse square. Displays and programs set for 6 to 9 p.m. will showcase galleries, artists, restaurants and shops. Special events will feature a timed painting and a demonstration of an 1896 printing press.

    April 23, 2014

  • Missouri lawmakers file three resolutions calling for impeaching governor

    While Gov. Jay Nixon was in Nevada, Mo., on Wednesday, a Missouri House panel led by Republicans began hearing arguments on three measures calling for impeaching him. Nixon has downplayed the proceedings as a legislative “publicity stunt.” One resolution, sponsored by Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, is critical of Nixon for waiting several months to call special elections to fill three vacated House seats.

    April 23, 2014

  • r042314psumove2.jpg SLIDE SHOW: Moving day for biology and chemistry building at Pittsburg State

    They didn’t all go two-by-two, and the person in charge wasn’t named Noah, but nonetheless, critters of all shapes and sizes were on the move Wednesday. Students, volunteers and staff members helped Delia Lister, director of Nature Reach, relocate everything from a pair of prairie dogs to a vocal macaw named Charlie so that Heckert-Wells Hall — the biology and chemistry building where they are housed on the campus of Pittsburg State University — can undergo a $4.4 million transformation in the coming months.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos 1 Slideshow

  • Respond With Love flower.jpg Joplin pays it forward with flowers; residents asked to return bulbs ‘fostered’ for other towns

    Suzan Morang’s front yard bloomed brightly last year from a colorful array of bulbs that she will happily pass on to someone else this year. Morang, 1207 Xenia Court, is a participant in America Responds With Love, a national nonprofit organization that distributes bulbs to disaster-stricken cities.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 3M plant expansion to create 22 jobs

    An $18.7 million expansion at the 3M Co. manufacturing plant in Nevada will create 22 new jobs, a company official said Wednesday. “We started 43 years ago as a small manufacturer,” said Todd Cantrell, plant manager, in a meeting with employees. “We are now the largest 3M plant in the state of Missouri and one of the largest of all 3M plants.”

    April 23, 2014

  • Nixon: Tax-cut bill holds fatal flaw; area lawmakers say stance totally false

    Another year has brought yet another tax-cut fight between Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led Missouri General Assembly, and on Tuesday, Nixon announced that he had found what he sees as a fatal flaw.

    April 22, 2014

Must Read


A Missouri Senate committee has adopted a state budget provision that would prevent public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition rates to students living in the country illegally. Do you agree with this?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter