Monday, April 29, 2013

Gun makers leaving Connecticut, Colorado over tougher gun laws

Gun makers leaving Connecticut, Colorado over tougher gun laws, Gun manufacturers in Connecticut and Colorado are packing up and heading for gun-friendlier states, and one place that is welcoming them is Texas, Fox News reported April 29.

Gun manufacturers in states that are enacting strict new gun laws had threatened to take their operations — along with jobs and hefty payrolls — to states that are more welcoming to gun makers. Some gun makers contend that gun reform laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings will have a detrimental effect on their business.

Now the gun makers are making good on their threats to leave states that are enacting gun control legislation.

In Connecticut, high-end rifle manufacturer PTR Industries announced on its Facebook page on April 9 that it would be taking its 40 jobs and $50,000 weekly payroll to a new state that has less restrictive gun laws. The new location has not been announced.

“Although PTR has not decided upon a specific relocation site at this time, over the coming weeks the company will be actively considering offers from states that are friendly to the industry,” PTR said.

This month, Connecticut lawmakers approved a wide-ranging bill that includes new restrictions on weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

AR-15 manufacturer Stag Arms LLC, based in New Britain, Conn., could follow PTR out of state, Fox News said. Stag Arms also has been critical of Connecticut gun laws and rushed guns to customers before the stricter gun laws were enacted.

“In the shadow of extremely restrictive gun control legislation being implemented tonight against our second amendment rights, Stag Arms has infused thousands of guns into Connecticut over the last few days. We want every law abiding citizen to be able to purchase our rifles before it is too late,” Stag Arms posted on its Facebook page on April 3.

There’s a similar backlash by gun manufacturers in Colorado, where tougher gun laws also were recently signed by the governor.

Magpul Industries Corp., which makes a variety of gun products, apparel and accessories, apparently is leaving Colorado in the wake of the tougher gun laws but has delayed the announcement specifics because of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

“We had some communications regarding our pending move and the process of choosing our new locations to put out this week, but the events in Boston make this a poor time for that, and we will hold off those announcements until later,” Magpul announced on its Facebook page April 19.

Magpul employs more than 200 people and generates about $85 million in annual taxable revenues, Fox said.

Meanwhile, other states, like Texas, Alaska and Alabama, are trying to lure the gun manufacturers.

“There is still a place for freedom that is very much alive and well,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said. “That place is called Texas.”

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