Skip to comments.Yet another gun manufacturer looking at leaving Connecticut
Posted on 05/26/2013 7:32:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Connecticut is the seventh-largest producer of firearms in the country, with gun manufacturers currently accounting for just under 3,000 direct jobs as well as the thousands of jobs supported through related industries — but thanks to the state’s recent outlawing of ‘high-capacity magazines’ and an ‘assault weapons’-ban expansion, that might be set to change. Last month, we already learned of PTR Industries’ announcement of their pending relocation from Connecticut after the state banned many of their products, and the NYT reported this week that they’re not the only ones:
In a state desperate to maintain and revive its industrial base, Mark Malkowski thinks he should be getting gold stars.
He started a manufacturing company at age 25, and in 10 years built it into an industry leader, with 200 employees, that sells 6,000 of its products every month at roughly $1,000 each. The company, Stag Arms, is currently almost a year behind in fulfilling orders.
The bitter battle over new gun laws in Connecticut has passed. But two months later, gunmakers like Mr. Malkowski are still weighing their options, including moving from a state long thought of as a cradle of the American gun industry. Meanwhile, supporters of the legislation are balancing their desire to limit guns with the jobs and taxes that the gun industry provides in a country where 300 million guns are in circulation and 5 million are manufactured each year.
One of the most galling parts about the whole thing, of course, is that the state seems to want to be able to both have their cake and eat it, too: The new gun-control laws did not restrict gun manufacturing in Connecticut, but merely the ability of those businesses to sell and distribute what they manufacture in the state — but they sure would like for those jobs to stick around!
The disparities can look awkward. Connecticut lawmakers have been pushing to create a national park at the historic former site of the Colts firearms plant in Hartford while pushing for sweeping gun legislation. And many gun opponents say they hope the gun manufacturers remain in Connecticut even if the products they produce are banned there.
Ron Pinciaro, executive director of an anti-gun group, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said he would not want to see Connecticut employees hurt because of the vote.
I wish they would stay here, he said, and I dont really see that as being contradictory. …
I think companies will continue to leave Connecticut both because its a terrible place to be a manufacturer and because of the political environment, said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the shooting sports foundation. Its completely hypocritical to say you can stay and make your products, but theyre so dangerous your employees cant buy them.
No kidding. The firearms industry, of course, is hardly a special case — if Connecticut and other such states want to keep introducing more onerous regulations and taxes that keep making it tougher for businesses to feel economically secure and stay competitive, then they better be ready to pay the price.
I’m sure a number of States will be lobbying them to re-locate to their theirs.
There's some serious BS walkin'.
Looks like CT is #1 to me.
Perhaps Maine will ban lobster harvesting next.
At one time, Connecticut was a major manufacturing state, as well as a major manufacturer of firearms and ammunition.
In fact, much of New England is full of old brick factories that went out of business over the years—mostly because they were driven out by taxes and unionization.
We banned your products but we want you to stay here.
I don’t know if it’s stupidity, irrationality or a complete disconnect from reality.
Connecticut-—Nothing like crapping in your own mess kit.
Maine would ban lobster eating, not lobster catching and selling.
Oh no, let them harvest, pay the taxes, employ the people and all the support companies, but you cannot eat any lobster under penalty of law.
OP-ED | New Gun Law: Good Intentions Meet With Reality
by Terry D. Cowgill | May 24, 2013 5:30am
PTR Industries announced last month the company would relocate, most likely to Texas. Others, including Colt & Sturm, Ruger and Stag Arms, are likely to follow suit, taking with them about 3,000 jobs and an estimated $1.75 billion in taxable revenues.
If they leave, its because they want to leave. They have a decision to make are they loyal to their employees who helped them build that company in this place? Gov. Dannel Malloy surmised last week at a community forum in Bristol, home of PTR.
Its unfortunate that, when confronted with the prospect of yet more bad economic news, not only did the governor do his best impression of Alfred E. Newman, but he insulted the entrepreneurs who built those companies by accusing them of being disloyal to their workers.
Bring it on, Texas would love to have them all.
That legislation was one giant gift to San Antonio.
They are Welcome in Arizona.
Documentation File on The Curse of Obamanation.
States cannot afford to lose such economic successes.
All of the alleged "green" industries combined, one suspects, do not amount to the economic gain of 200 employed plus 6 mil in monthly sales, with no government support. (The ripple effects are huge, btw, and severely compound the financial losses to the once-great CT).
Guy is a total hypocrite saying he doesn’t see a contradiction.
Oh, how bout if you have WalMarts but nobody is allowed to shop in them? How bout “I really wish McDonalds would stay here even though we aren’t permitted to eat there due to CT health laws.”
This guy is seriously screwed-up. Employees can be found just about anywhere, and I imagine there would be more than a few of their existing employees that would be willing to relocate if these companies do decide to leave the state.
Guy is a total hypocrite saying he doesnt see a contradiction.
Oh, how bout if you have WalMarts but nobody is allowed to shop in them? ...
Come on down to the Volunteer State. Home of Daniel Boone, Davy Crocket and Cpl. Alvin York by God.
We have THE MOST FIREARMS friendly state house in the USA, no state income tax (EVER) and are a right to work state.
We provide good ole southern work ethic from a motivated can do, labor force and would love to become #1 in fire arms manufacturing.
Don’t believe me, ask Ronnie Barret.