The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is making a summer trip to the Czech Republic to recruit more firearms-focused businesses to operate in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the commission's list of targeted industries changed in 2014 to include firearms.
Commission executive director Grant Tennille says the 10-day trip includes meetings in Prague with government and business representatives across a variety of sectors, including firearms and firearms accessories. He declined to name the particular businesses for competitive reasons.
The trip by Gov. Mike Beebe and his staff will also include a visit to England and Paris.
Tennille says the idea to visit the Czech Republic came after the commission sent a delegation to a shooting, hunting and outdoor industry show that featured products from the country.