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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
As Congress considers new gun laws in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, CT, one South Carolina lawmaker is trying to bring gun manufacturers to the Palmetto State.
Rep. Jeff Duncan has reportedly been in contact with at least two gun manufacturers affected by new gun laws in states like Colorado and New York.
One such company, Magpul, makes high-capacity ammunition magazines in Colorado. The Centennial State's House just passed a bill that limits magazine sizes.
On its Facebook page, Magpul has already threatened to move its manufacturing operations to another state if new gun laws are enacted there. The company also took out a full page ad in The Denver Post to decry gun control efforts.
"A magazine ban will do more that hurt public safety in a free Colorado," the ad said.
Duncan, meanwhile, took his lobbying efforts to his Facebook page, and posted the letter he wrote to Magpul.
"At a time when our government is consistently thwarting the ability of individuals to own businesses, voluntarily trade goods and services, and grow our economy, South Carolina is committed to writing a different story."
"In South Carolina, we believe in the right to keep and bear arms. We believe in free enterprise. We believe in the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our state welcomes any individual or business who believes the same."
Duncan has also spoken with Remington Arms, a company that was founded in upstate New York back in the 1800's. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just signed some of the nation's toughest gun laws there.
"If states like Colorado & New York want to attack the Second Amendment, we'll encourage firearms companies in those states to relocate to SC. Join our effort, and let companies like Magpul and Remington know that we'd be honored for them to make South Carolina their new home," said a statement on Duncan's Facebook page.
Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Mississippi are also targeting these same companies.
The state legislature may help Duncan's efforts. State Sen. Lee Bright's South Carolina Firearms Freedom Act proposal allows firearms, accessories, or ammunition manufactured and retained in South Carolina exempt from federal regulation. Duncan has passed the torch to Haley.
"I hope the governor will take this up and run with it," said Duncan. "This is a business climate or definitely a targeted business that we should bring and encourage to come to South Carolina."
Haley's office says while they appreciate Duncan's economic development efforts, they can't comment on any ongoing talks with companies that might consider relocating here.