AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is telling gun makers they should move to Maine.

In an opinion column published Saturday in the Wall Street Journal, LePage wrote that Maine is "fiercely protective" of its gun rights and would welcome gun makers and ammunition manufacturers.

LePage said anti-gun legislation has been passed in the home states of firearms manufacturers Beretta USA, Colt Manufacturing and Magpul Industries. He called the legislation in those states a slap in the face to companies that provide jobs and revenue.

LePage wrote that if those companies decide to come to Maine, they'll find a governor who would provide incentives and never sign "anti-gun legislation."

In concluding his column, the governor wrote, "Come to Maine. I'll even throw in some lobster."