Miss. officials laud startup gun manufacturer

It’s only 10 jobs, but that’s not stopping three of Mississippi’s highest officials from lauding a new gun maker.

Talon Ordnance announced Friday in a news conference at the state Capitol that it plans to set up shop in Ridgeland to make high-end assault weapons modeled on the AR-15.

The company, led by CEO Clay Baldwin, says it hopes to start turning out rifles in early 2014, making several thousand in the first year. From 15 percent to 20 percent of production would be fully automatic rifles meant for police and military use. The rest would be semi-automatic rifles aimed at individual buyers. They won’t be cheap, though, with price tags starting at $2,500.

Baldwin said the owners will invest millions of dollars in the ventures and hope to increase employment to 50 over time, expanding to make shotguns, pistons and ammunition. He said that Talon is a business venture, but the military veteran and lawyer described himself as a “patriot.”

AP
7/26/13