MILAN - Currently located in Milan, Illinois, the Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) is now eyeing a move across the Mississippi River to Davenport, Iowa. The new location will only be a few miles away, but crossing the state border may make a world of difference to the gun maker.
“As I understand it, they need more space, and there is also a concern with the Illinois gun laws,” Milan Mayor Duane Dawson told Quad-Cities Online. “There’s only so much we can do with where they are.”
Illinois has a reputation for being tough on guns, but recent events saw the state reverse its stanceon concealed carry. Notoriously gun-restrictive Chicago also made headlines recently with the abolishment of its citywide gun registry. According to LMT owner Karl Lewis, however, the move has been in the works since 2007.
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