MADISON, WI – State Rep. Dave Armstrong (R-Rice Lake) has released legislation that would make Henry Repeating Arms’ All-Weather .45-70 Wisconsin’s state rifle.
The proposal’s Senate author is Sen. Romaine Quinn (R-Cameron), and Representative Armstrong is joined by Reps. Treig Pronschinske (R-Mondovi) and James Edming (R-Glen Flora) on the Assembly side.
“Henry is a national leader in long gun production,” Representative Armstrong said. “I am proud that its headquarters and main production facility are in Rice Lake. Henry’s Big Boy All-Weather Rifle even won the 2019 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin competition.”
Henry also operates a factory in Ladysmith. Its motto is “Made in America, Or Not Made at All”.
“Hunting is one of Wisconsin’s most revered pastimes, whether you live in Milwaukee, Madison, or Rice Lake,” Representative Armstrong said. “Hunting is also an important economic engine, especially in our rural areas. I know legislators on both sides of the aisle who hunt, so I hope this legislation will receive bipartisan support. I encourage all my colleagues, as well as Governor Evers, to visit Henry’s facilities and meet their outstanding employees if they get a chance. It’s fascinating!”
If this legislation becomes law, Wisconsin will join a number of other states that have official firearms, including Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.