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May 01 2013

Gun Manufacturers Prepare to Leave Authoritarian States

Moonbattery isn’t free — not even for the moonbats who impose it. The War on Guns is exacting an economic cost on the fools who elected liberals to run Connecticut and Colorado:

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.

“With a heavy heart but a clear mind, we have been forced to decide that our business can no longer survive in Connecticut — the former Constitution State,” PTR said in a statement earlier this month.

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.

Ruger has a substantial presence here in Arizona. The company would be wise to relocate its headquarters.

In Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper and the leftist state legislature have joined the jihad against the right to bear arms. Consequently,

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.

If only the Constitution were still fully in force, relocation would not be necessary. The Second Amendment was intended to put the kibosh on the sort of legislation driving employers out of states run by hoplophobes.

On tips from Varla and Fully Automatic Pez Dispenser.

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  • StanInTexas

    This is the essence of capitalism that Liberals refuse to acknowledge…

    LIBERAL: We have some eeeeeevil gun manufacturers here in our state. We hate guns, but we LUUUUV the taxes and revenue they generate. So in order to satisfy both instincts, we will place a huge tax and regulatory burden on those weapons people.
    GUN MANUFACTURER: Can’t afford to stay, so we are leaving to go to another state that is more business friendly.
    LIBERAL: You can’t go, that is SOOOOOOO not fair. Come back, don’t leave.
    GUN MANUFACTURER: Will you remove your onerous tax and regulatory burden from us?
    LIBERAL: NO, of course not.
    GUN MANUFACTURER: We are OUTTA HERE!
    LIBERAL: Good citizens of our state, the eeeeeevil gun manufacturer is gone, now we must make up the lost tax revenue by raising your taxes.
    SHEEPLE: OK, we love you, here is our money
    CITIZENS: We are OUTTA HERE!

  • Dr. 9

    In the end, it will be the people in these states who suffer the economic loss. But, since it’s those people who elected the lying crooks that are making all the anti-gun legislation, then it’s only right that the people suffer. Elections have consequences, remember?

  • another Bob

    I can’t blame them.

  • KHarn

    There is a group trying to bring MAGPUL to Tampa, Florida. They would be most welcome.

  • Flu-Bird

    The DEM-A-RATS wont be happy unil the U.S. CONSTITUTION is made INVALED all privatly owned guns are confiscated and the only guns left will be the ones owned by them and their bodyguards and thier Imperial Storm Troopers

  • dan

    one of the primary reasons the progressive union
    won the war against the southern states was because of
    sustainable arms and ammo manufacturing…just saying

  • Son of Taz

    There is a sickness spreading across the northeast. It may have started in New York or Massachusetts, but it’s spreading.

    The sickness is known as liberalism. It is spread by Democrats and RINO Republicans. The antidote is the Second Amendment.

    Go time is coming.

  • barfo

    Moved to Texas from the nutmeg state 30 years ago.
    C’mon down Colt, Ruger,Stag Arms and PTR.

  • grayjohn

    Magpul isn’t leaving. they went to the dark side.

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