July 24, 2013
Dan Fassler and Chris Gonzales test fire U.S. Ordnance's new M240 medium machine gune at the company's firing range.
Nevada’s reputation as a pro-gun state — and California’s hard-line stance against assault weapons — is attracting new weapons and ammunition manufacturers to the state. Perhaps the largest weapons maker in Northern Nevada, U.S. Ordnance, left the Sacramento Valley foothills two decades ago due to difficult state regulations for weapons manufacturing, its president says. Recent legislation passed in California also helped propel several smaller weapons firms, Sword International and Franklin Armory, to head east from their Northern California homes to set up shop in Northern Nevada.