After the Sandy Hook massacre, a number of states began passing onerous gun control laws that violate the rights of law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing to actually stop violence. I reported earlier that a growing list of gun manufacturers were refusing to do business with any government entity in any state that infringes on the people’s right to keep and bear arms. Now several gun manufacturers are bidding their home states adieu.
In Connecticut, where venerable gunmakers like Colt and Sturm, Ruger & Co. have been joined in the last decade or so by upstarts like Stag Arms and PTR, reform of gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings has left the industry feeling unwelcome. Bristol-based high-end rifle manufacturer PTR Industries announced this month via Facebook that it would be taking its 40 jobs and $50,000 weekly payroll to an unspecified new state, widely believed to be Texas.
AR-15 manufacturer Stag Arms could soon follow suit, along with Colt’s Manufacturing and Mossberg & Sons. The moves could cost the Nutmeg State 3,000 jobs as well as the estimated $1.75 billion in annual taxable revenues.
In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills that would require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds
Magpul Industries, which manufactures firearms accessories and ammunition magazines, said on its Facebook page that it would have “no choice” but to leave if the magazine bill was signed, causing an opening for states eager to prove they’re more gun-friendly.
Magpul employs more than 200 people and generates about $85 million in annual taxable revenues.
Take these states by the nuggets. Hit them where it hurts most – in their wallets. Let them live with the financial consequences of their bad laws.
Let them see hundreds of their residents out of work and a decrease in tax revenues.
They deserve it.