By Nancy Lockwood
Channel 2 News
9:37 PM AKST, January 19, 2013
An increase in gun-control would pose no economic threat to Alaska, according to economist Neal Fried.
Firearms are a significant part of Alaska's economy. However, since guns are not manufactured in state and sold elsewhere, the money not spent on firearms, in the event of stricter gun legislation, would likely still be spent in Alaska, Fried said.
Hans Weinmeister, Manager of Sales for Wild West Guns Anchorage, said Saturday that he is not worried about the effects of gun-control on his livelihood. "It's not the actual gun they're looking to ban," he said, and went on to explain how certain, alterable characteristics of weapons are the focus of recently proposed legislation.Fried summed it up saying that if Alaskans are not spending their money on guns, they will still be spending it on other things. "There's probably no gain or loss to our economy," he said, "just changes."
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