The Outdoor Channel has notified Colorado Senate officials that if the package of Democrat proposed gun bills passes, the Channel will move production to another state. Currently, the channel has four shows in production here.
According to an email sent to Republican Senator Steve King from Outdoor Channel host and producer, Michael Bane:
“This morning I met with my three producers, and we made the decision that if these anti-gun bills become law, we will be moving all of our production out of Colorado. We have already cancelled a scheduled filming session for late this month.”
Not only would there be a direct economic impact from the Outdoor Channel’s pullout in terms of jobs, but there is an intangible impact to one of Colorado’s greatest industries – tourism. The shows, while entertaining and informational, also do a great deal to drum up enthusiasm and excitement about Colorado as a vacation destination. Essentially, it’s free advertising. Why would we want to kill an opportunity to drive additional tourism dollars to our state?
As the Peak has previously reported, the Outdoor Channel wouldn’t be the only company impacted. The ban on magazines that carry more than 15 rounds, HB1224, is still on the table and of concern to several local businesses, including Magpul Industries.
At a time when unemployment remains stubbornly high, why would Democrats want to pass these job killers?