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This tough economy is forcing a lot of towns to reinvent themselves trying to jump start local businesses case in point.
Potlatch Idaho was once known for -- its timber.
Now it's just one of several hard hit communities in need to be known as gun towns dance for -- live in Seattle San.
Yep Megan officials and Potlatch -- big guns are a perfect fit and they are welcoming the industry with open arms this old mill town lost.
Over half its population -- the -- shut down thirty years ago.
The people who still -- older -- around guns in fact the mayor tells me during hunting season you'll see a rifle in every gun rack.
Company officials like the fact that they can test their ammunition right there on the property without getting a bunch of complaints from neighbors.
And these are fairly high tech jobs the company developed a bullet for the military that does not slowed down right away when it hits water.
We have a welcoming environment.
Regulatory environment is very from favorable to our type of business.
We -- able to bring on staff that -- familiar it's a type of work.
Better supply chain as a lot closer.
And one of those suppliers -- CCI just on the road and -- -- in all there are 58 companies that make guns or ammunition based in Idaho.
And that's not by accident the state legislature passed a couple laws that protect weapon makers from lawsuits if their products are abused.
So while some -- certain cities are trying to pass gun control measures Idaho says the more guns the better.
The guns are going to be built someplace -- on this going to be built someplace but why not here it's just controlled.
Where were not have a lot of killings around here.
Six other gun companies -- expressed interest in moving to Potlatch the mayor wants to set up a gun manufacturing industrial park.
Right there where the old -- used to be.
-- -- Dan Springer thank you we'll be right back don't go.
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