Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on pro-gun Wyoming.
In recent data from The Tax Foundation, most of the American Redoubt States rank well, as usual: 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index
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Likewise, in safety rankings, most of the American Redoubt States rank very well: 2017’s Safest States in America. Note that Montana and Wyoming were dinged for road safety in part because they have so many long stretches of highway with 80-mile per hour speed limits, some severe winter weather at the higher elevations, and so many deer and elk collisions. Otherwise, they’d be near the top of the list.
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Some video shot west of Coeur d’Alene: Air 4: Post Falls Dam. (Thanks to D.B. for the link.)
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Reader T.Z. sent news about a company headquartered in Ketchum, Idaho: Clothing Company Founder Finds Out it’s Not a Great Idea to Call His Fox Viewing Customers ‘Idiots’. JWR’s Comment: Something tells me that this company won’t be “getting rich off” many SurvivalBlog readers.
Montana becomes first state to implement net neutrality after FCC repeal. JWR’s Comment: Any bets on whether or not the FCC will extra-jurisdictionally attempt to assert Federal supremacy, on this?
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Reader B.K. sent us a link to a beautiful collection of photos taken in northwestern Montana. It is titled: Montana, Our Heaven On Earth. I noticed that the same photographer also posted this: Montana’s Cabinet Mountain Beauty. And then that led me to his web page.
I missed this announcement, back in November: Firearms Company Radian Weapons Moves to Redmond. They make some amazing ARs with exacting quality control. The Radian web site still lists a mailing address in Salem (Left Coast) Oregon, because their winter weather move to central Oregon is still in progress. I spoke with a company representative yesterday, and was told that the company management, sales, and marketing departments have already moved to Redmond. Their main manufacturing shop floor equipment is expected to be moved in February or perhaps March of 2018. (Note: Not to be confused with Redmond, Washington, Redmond, Oregon is just north of the growing city of Bend. The Bend-Redmond-Madras region is largely peopled by ex-Californians. But it is fairly conservative and pro-gun–since a lot of the recent immigrants were fleeing California’s absurd gun laws.)
Here is a pathetic band wagon that several states have jumped on: Washington Senate passes bump stock ban. If you live in Washington, please do your best to get this stopped in the House before it reaches the desk of the liberal Democrat Governor. Contact your representative in Olympia!
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Wyoming (Pro-Gun Wyoming)
Here is some recent news from pro-gun Wyoming. It is another case of “voting with their feet”: Firearms manufacturer Weatherby moving to Wyoming. (From Paso Robles, California, to Sheridan, Wyoming.) As HJL first noted in SurvivalBlog last Thursday, Weatherby’s move is being widely heralded. On Friday, I spotted this video from the recent SHOT Show, on YouTube: Interview with Gov. Mead of Wyoming on Weatherby Move. It is so refreshing to a see a state –and a Governor–like that is so genuinely pro-gun.
Compare Governor Mead’s attitude with that of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Life-long Democrat Murphy waited only a week after being sworn in to announce that he is reverting his predecessor Chris Christie’s slight loosening of concealed carry permit application reviews! It now once again very difficult for all but a few political insiders to be approved for “justifiable need” for a permit. But in Wyoming, you can carry concealed anywhere in the state with no permit whatsoever. It has been that way since July, 2011. And guess what? There hasn’t been blood in the streets. Heinlein was right: “An armed society is a polite society.”
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This recent article highlights the American Redoubt movement: Prepper Paranoia or Pragmatism? Inside Wyoming’s underground survivalist movement
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