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Goodbye California, Hello Texas: Gun Retailer Announces Move
Town Hall ^ | Mar. 1, 2013 | Leah Barkoukis

Posted on 03/01/2013 11:44:06 AM PST by EXCH54FE

When it comes to gun laws, California is vying to have the strictest in the nation. It comes as no surprise, then, that the state is not a particularly business-friendly environment for those in the gun industry.

And so Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s wishes are beginning to come true:

Shield Tactical, a California retailer and firearms training provider, has decided to ‘get the heck out of Dodge’ — and move to Texas

John W. Harrington founded Shield Tactical in 2008, but with California’s hard-line stance on gun control, he decided the state was no longer a good place for his business. Harrington, originally from Texas, said it was finally “time to go home.”

“The state of California treats all businesses as necessary evils,” he told Red Alert. “They treat those of us in the gun business as just evil. They make it very clear that they don’t want us there. It’s just that simple.”

As new gun control measures are being advanced in state legislatures across the nation, Gov. Perry has been trying to lure gun and ammunition manufacturers to set up shop in the Lone Star State—even making a recruitment trip out to California to do so. Although Shield Tactical didn’t make the decision based on the governor’s efforts alone, Harrington said, “it didn’t hurt.”

Harrington hasn’t calculated the total cost of the relocation — which will not include their training division — but he expects it to be “in the tens of thousands.” He considers the investment “well worth it,” if only for the attention it has brought to the cause of gun rights advocates.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; migration; secondamendment; trends
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Meanwhile, Beretta and Magpul are also considering parting ways with Maryland and Colorado, respectively.
1 posted on 03/01/2013 11:44:19 AM PST by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

>>>Meanwhile, Beretta and Magpul are also considering parting ways with Maryland and Colorado, respectively.<<<

And Remington Arms with New York.


2 posted on 03/01/2013 11:46:40 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: EXCH54FE

I think it’s time to temporarily consider avoiding guns built in New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, etc.

This is for all the marbles. Kimber, Remington, Springfield, S&W etc. All are built in rabid anti gun, solid Obama, union crushed states.

Yeahh,, i know they had a grand tradition back there. But as the Allman Brothers sang. “that was then,,this is now”.
They need to move and help starve the beast.


3 posted on 03/01/2013 12:03:20 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino

I agree a temporary boycott of guns built in those blue states would entice a move to friendlier climes. Once upon a time, those states were far more American in their makeup, but they’re permanently conquered territory now. As with businesses in other segments of the economy, the time to move is now, before those states start instituting exit taxes.


4 posted on 03/01/2013 12:14:33 PM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: EXCH54FE

The cost to some will be loss of a job. True, they might consider relocating but that’s never easy or cheap even when possible.

Being unfriendly to businesses is being unfriendly to the folks they support too, just average citizens trying to earn a living.


5 posted on 03/01/2013 12:25:03 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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“has decided to ‘get the heck out of Dodge’”

I would not call California “Dodge”. A certain communist country would be a better fit.


6 posted on 03/01/2013 12:33:57 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: count-your-change

Breaking my heart. And also backwards. THEY are the ones being unfriendly to ME by supporting the enemy financially. If they want my loyalty or “friendship”,,then it behooves them to make sure they please the customer.

When i see New york, Illionois, or Massachusetts stamped on a on gun, i look at it the way i would a little Obama symbol. It displeases me. If you sell candy bars, you try not to make customers visualize poop. Ditto with guns.


7 posted on 03/01/2013 12:47:15 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: count-your-change
Being unfriendly to businesses is being unfriendly to the folks they support too, just average citizens trying to earn a living.

Those same average citizens trying to earn a living are the ones buying imported cars, electronics, RVs, motors, firearms, sporting goods, clothing and crap from China.

8 posted on 03/01/2013 12:55:18 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: DesertRhino
I didn't see anyone asking for your loyalty or friendship.
9 posted on 03/01/2013 12:59:45 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Alaska Wolf

How much imported stuff do you buy?


10 posted on 03/01/2013 1:03:50 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Alaska Wolf

How much imported stuff do you buy?


11 posted on 03/01/2013 1:04:02 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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How much imported stuff do you buy?

Damned little and none if I could still find US owned manufacturers.

12 posted on 03/01/2013 1:21:31 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: DesertRhino
It displeases me. If you sell candy bars, you try not to make customers visualize poop.

Have you seen a Baby Ruth candy bar lately?

13 posted on 03/01/2013 2:19:57 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Graybeard58

All I can think of the swimming pool scene from Caddyshack.


14 posted on 03/01/2013 2:22:41 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: DesertRhino
When i see New york, Illionois, or Massachusetts stamped on a on gun, i look at it the way i would a little Obama symbol. It displeases me.

One day, we may look at those old stampings as quirky reminders of an unfortunate period in our history. Sort of like my Anschutz with the barrel that is marked "West Germany".

15 posted on 03/01/2013 3:09:50 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Alaska Wolf

People are struggling to get by and feed their families so they buy the lowest priced items they can. I can’t blame them for doing so.


16 posted on 03/01/2013 4:19:21 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: ScottinVA
I agree a temporary boycott of guns built in those blue states would entice a move to friendlier climes.

You'd be hurting the gun manufacturers in those states more than the States themselves. Think it through: States like Illinois (I live here, sadly.....) want nothing more than honest, hard-working gun makers like Rock River Arms located in Colona IL and maker of one of the finest AR-15's available to leave the state.

The idiots running this state would consider it a victory.

Are you sure you want to give the idiot politicians in blue states that kind of victory?

17 posted on 03/01/2013 4:24:07 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: count-your-change
People are struggling to get by and feed their families so they buy the lowest priced items they can. I can’t blame them for doing so.

Well who are you going to blame when all the manufacturing jobs are offshore so all the people are struggling to feed their families?

How did people survive and prosper prior to the flood of imports in the late '60s?

18 posted on 03/01/2013 4:29:08 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: DesertRhino
I think it’s time to temporarily consider avoiding guns built in New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, etc.

I agree with that and have placed my order to buy a Browning rifle instead of one made by Remington. I wrote to Remington to tell them why I had decided on the Browning, an expensive rifle, BTW.

19 posted on 03/01/2013 5:50:41 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: Alaska Wolf

Do you think someone buying imported goods forces manufacturing off shore or is it gov. policies that should be blamed?


20 posted on 03/01/2013 7:04:08 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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