Rep. Kevin West to Hold Firearms Manufacturing Study


9/28/2021 9:25:00 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, on Wednesday will hold an interim study on firearms and ammunitions manufacturing before the House Business and Commerce Committee.

The study will begin at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Room 206 at the state Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City.

“Oklahoma has a lot to offer firearms and ammunition manufacturers looking for a place to move, expand or start up,” West said. “We need to develop a coordinated and targeted plan to attract these businesses to Oklahoma. This starts with identifying exactly what we currently have to offer, what we need to offer, and how to address the specific needs of these manufacturers either through better efforts or legislative action. Other states, not so different from us, have seen success in these areas. There is no reason to not look at what has and has not worked for them and implement or avoid those same practices here.”

West said his study also will examine state and federal regulations as well as interstate, intrastate and international travel statutes. He also will look at distribution. Potential economic impact and targeted incentives will also be explored.

Presenters will include representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Rifle Association, the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, several county commissioners and other firearm proponents.

Rep. Jay Steagall also will speak at Wednesday’s study, sharing about industry standards and ideas for streamlining government as well as giving military insight as a veteran.

The study can be livestreamed here by looking for the Business and Commerce Committee. The study also will be recorded and archived and can be viewed at the same link by searching the date of the study and the committee.