Illinois Gun Maker Flees State, Moves to Iowa

-By Warner Todd Huston

Liberal Illinois is one of the most inhospitable states for Constitutional rights in America and because of that and other considerations yet another gun manufacturer is closing up shop in the Land of Lincoln and fleeing to a neighboring state.

Lewis Machine & Tool Company–known as LMT–has been in Milan, Illinois since it was founded 33 years ago. The company produces rifles for both the civilian market, the military, and law enforcement agencies.

But now that business owner Karl Lewis wants to expand he is logically moving his company to a better state.

Lewis is headed to Davenport, Iowa.

This move makes perfect sense. Milan, Illinois is just south of Davenport in the northwestern corner of Illinois. So, it won’t be a big distance to travel and likely many of the company’s Illinois employees can continue working for LMT with, perhaps, a bit longer commute.

Whatever the case, the mayor of Milan is sad to be losing a taxpaying, long-term business.

“We here in Illinois have fought this for quite some time about attracting businesses,” Mayor Duane Dawson said. “It’s very difficult t o get manufacturers to come to this state.”

No doubt. In fact, Illinois ranks as the worst of the worst in nearly every single metric that makes a successful state.

Here are just a few of the “low lights” of Illinois’ standing among the states:

And all that doesn’t even include the complete disdain that Illinois politicians have for their citizens’ Constitutional right to self protection, the very business in which LMT trades.

So, good for LMT for fleeing the putrid state of ILLinois. It is a good move and one more businesses are choosing every day.

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.
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