Governor Mark Gordon (right) and Secretary of State Ed Buchanan (left) have sent a letter inviting the NRA to explore relocation of its Virginia operation to Wyoming. Photo: Official Photos

WYOMING — Governor Mark Gordon and Secretary of State Edward Buchanan recently sent a letter to the National Rifle Association (NRA) inviting the NRA to explore relocation of its Virginia operation to Wyoming.

Addressed to Brian Gosch, NRA state director, the letter boasts Wyoming’s number one ranking by the Tax Foundation in the 2021 Business Tax Climate Index. Wyoming has no corporate tax, no personal income tax, no franchise tax and no gross receipts tax, states the letter.

The letter goes on to describe how Wyoming has “permitless carry, the castle doctrine, anti-financial discrimination laws, permitless purchase and possession for rifles shotguns and handguns, no requirements and several other pro-second amendment laws on the books.”

According to a press release announcing the letter, “Governor Gordon is a lifetime member of the NRA and believes the right to bear arms is fundamental. Owning guns was part of a way of life growing up on his family ranch in Kaycee and remains so today.”

Gordon has facilitated the relocation of several firearms manufacturing businesses to Wyoming.

“Buchanan is an avid hunter, firearms enthusiast and longtime member of the NRA,” states the press release.

“I received my first rifle on the ranch when I was age 12 and have had a great reverence for the Second Amendment ever since,” Buchanan said.

The letter concludes with Gordon and Buchanan’s signatures. “We welcome the opportunity to discuss this wonderful possibility with you further. We would love to have the NRA call Wyoming home.”

The complete letter can be found here.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.