Skip to comments.Conn. gun-maker declares intention to leave state
Posted on 04/10/2013 3:26:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
A Connecticut gun-maker announced on Wednesday it intends to leave the state, just six days after passage of restrictive gun control legislation, while two other manufacturers said they are considering relocation offers from other states.
Manufacturers also plan to lobby the states congressional delegation next week to make sure they hear from our side, said Mark Malkowski, president of Stag Arms in New Britain.
Bristol-based PTR said in a statement posted on its website that it has not decided where it will move, but has commitments from most employees to relocate. The company makes military-style rifles and employs more than 40 people. PTR Vice President John McNamara said the company expects to make a more formal announcement about a move within six weeks.
The Connecticut Valley in Connecticut and western Massachusetts has been home to a large gun industry dating to the Revolutionary War.
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Sorry Mr. Malkowski, they're not interested in your side. They want to control you and your company...get out while you can.
Bristol CT middle school teaching...Americans do not have right to bear arms
The company is welcome in Arizona.
I won’t buy another Ruger til they re - locate and I really like the SR 45.
Wouldn't that be a better plan BEFORE they pass legislation?
You would think so wouldn’t you!?!
PTR = scary black rifles
PTR to Move from Connecticut
Posted on April 9, 2013
April 9, 2013
A STATEMENT CONCERNING MANUFACTURING ENCOURAGEMENT, ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND PROTECTION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF CITIZENS.
This past week an historic and highly controversial bill was passed by the State of Connecticut which will have far reaching consequences to the state, its citizens, and businesses. The bill we refer to is Bill No. 1160, AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDRENS SAFETY. This bill purports to reduce gun violence by banning hardware responsible for less than 3% of homicides in 2011 ; and claims to increase childrens safety by restricting the ability of those most responsible for it their parents to defend them.
As a firearms manufacturing firm, our industrial roots reach deep in the State of CT. Along with other companies in the trade, we were deeply apprehensive at the hurried process to develop new gun laws and fearful that it would generate unintended consequences for our industry. On Thursday April 4th 2013, upon reading the full text of Bill 1160, our worst fears were confirmed. What emerged was a bill fraught with ambiguous definitions, insufficient considerations for the trade, conflicting mandates, and disastrous consequences for the fundamental rights of the people of CT.
The magnitude of the constitutional and economic importance of this bill is such that the disregard for public input (in the final version), and the haphazard production of the legislation should be insulting to any citizen or business in CT. It should be a shock to us all that such landmark legislation could be written in one week, and seen by no one (including the rank-and-file legislators) prior to its emergency certification. Having been present in the deliberations in both legislative chambers, it was clear that a majority of our legislators had not even read the bill and those that had read it had only a cursory understanding.
The process with which this legislation proceeded, along with the language that resulted gives us no confidence that this will be the last violation of our rights in our beloved home state, and we only hope that this does not set a precedent at a national level.
The rights of the citizens of CT have been trampled upon. The safety of its children is at best questionably improved from the day of the tragedy that triggered the events that lead us here. Finally, due to an improperly drafted bill, manufacturing of modern sporting rifles in the State of CT has been effectively outlawed. 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.
Furthermore, we feel that our industry as a whole will continue to be threatened so long as it remains in a state where its elected leaders have no regard for the rights of those who produce and manufacture its wealth. We are making a call to all involved in our industry to leave this state, close your doors and show our politicians the true consequences of their hasty and uninformed actions. We encourage those in our industry to abandon this state as its leaders have abandoned the proud heritage that forged our freedom.
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. We hope to have a site identified within the next six weeks, and hope to have our move completed by the end of this year. We plan to keep our business partners informed on the status of our move throughout this process in order to affect a smooth transition.
We have extended the invitation to join us in the move to all of our employees, as well as all of our vendors. We are pleased to say that we currently have commitments to move from a majority of our employees, which includes ALL of our management personnel, engineering staff and skilled gunsmiths.
It is our hope and sincere belief that this move will represent a step forward for the company; and that by bringing our expertise and core personnel to combine with the business friendly policies, and a motivated local labor force from a state that respects industry and the second amendment that we can expand our operations and not only maintain but increase the quality and reputation of our products.
Please direct any questions or inquiries to John McNamara, Vice President of Sales, at email@example.com or at our main phone number.
Manufacturers went to the hearings and expressed their concerns.....those fell on deaf ears.
This whole process was a farce for the get-go. Which is why, in challenge, I think it won’t succeed.
Been a proud owner of a PTR91 for around 3 years now! A fine fine battle rifle!
Bookmark for FBI tables of stats....
Yep. It’s a recent one, I noticed.
We are truly A Nation Divided. And good. I’m ready for this. 100% ready for this.
So are our enemies. Better pray that this isn’t a “hang separately” situation . . .
Excellent news. So what says Colt, Ruger, Mossberg and Marlin?
So are a lot of us. Not only with weapons but with our skills also.
Come to NC- we need the jobs. The NE is doomed to become North Korea.
Ninja Fighting Skills. ;)
Rooster Redux: You are absolutely correct.
YOU CANNOT HAVE A SANE CONVERSATION WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE IGNORANT, STUPID BY CHOICE, AND IN SOME CASES, PURELY EVIL.
Just leave. Take your companies and employees to a state where they will be free from these marxist-wannabes and delusional Democrats.
I left Maryland long ago. The best thing I ever did. Look at it now, the shithole of the Middle Atlantic states, led by Marxist O’Malley, powermad Miller, and with far-left congressthings like Van Hollen, Steny Hoyer (a legend in his own mind), Mikulski, small in physical height (nothing against it), but small in mind and intelligence.
Like the So. Vietnamese and Cambodians did, “VOTE WITH YOUR FEET”, and never look back until your state is cleaned up (not in my lifetime).
Was a very nice varmint gun.
Ruger, like Colt, S&W, and the rest will move...just give them time.
And don't hold your disdain for Bill Ruger against the Company...they make a fine product.
all makers should move south where guns are looked at as friendly, if the socialist north wants their radical left utopia then screw them
all gun owners and conservatives need to get the hell out of the socialists states, the north east has gone to crap and how anyone today can live there with all the laws and socialism and radical left wing agendas today is beyond me.
My wife moved to north east FL, St Johns county\
and she said it was the best move she ever did, we are surrounded by fisherman and woman, hunters, gun owners and conservatives thankfully
sorry but having going north of VA is like being in another country
You ever get a chance get down here. just last week two families from WI who are very conservatives, very pro gun, pro marriage hunters etc and they love it thus far as does their family who moved here a couple of years ago.
north east FL St Augustine
New England, how could such a beautiful area, with all it’s history be taken over by a bunch of socialists, how the founders must be turning in their graves
like my wife, she moved out of MA and moved here
St Augustine north east FL
and she said it was the best move she ever did.
She now knows her vote counts, she has so much freedom, no emissions on cars, no inspections, low taxes, no state tax, have fires in back yards etc
When she went back she hated it, she hated the north and not because of just the weather but all of it, the bad drivers, high taxes, bad roads, corruption, anti everything marriage, guns etc
Like you said, vote with your feet and get of of the north east.
I’ll add , take your hard earned money and stop giving it to the socialist state
Get out as soon as you can
Did ya take the hint, or are you still waiting for her to send that bus ticket?
You know I’m just messin’ with ya, right? I’m a complete sucker for an opening like that :-)
Alexander Hamilton and his federalist who called that region home probably are rolling in shame.
In any event while i regret the tragity that has befallen the north east I am glad to see the arms industry moving to our lands. If the day should ever come that we should have to fight for our rights, their expertise shall be much appreciated.
Don’t just talk about it: DO IT!
Revolt is coming.
Sadly you are right, we are a very badly divided country.
Unfortunately conservatives are doing nothing more than fighting a rearguard action. We’re losing ground all over. There’s not a single area we’ve made forward progress. Gun control and immigration we’re being sold out by our own.
People will simply NOT comply, period in regards to gun control.
Let’s not fall into the trap of calling semi-autos “battle” or “assault” rifles. It empowers the gun-grabbers by affirming their bias.
Look for more gun companies to leave CT and the northeast.
LOL just saw the post, no problem, as long as her mother does not get down here I;m happy
I think the north east is beautiful, great history etc but sadly there are so many idiots who live there which spoil the area today and how many are turning in their graves seeing what it is today
“New England, how could such a beautiful area, with all its history be taken over by a bunch of socialists, how the founders must be turning in their graves”
It is amazing to me. I can drive some short distance and look at the place where the Tories were hanged after the battle of Kings Mountain, and understand exactly why someone would have hanged that filth. These morons live in the very cradle of the American Revolution, and apparently the only heroes they recognize are Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. My only comforting thought about the region is that there will be plenty of rope for the reckoning, whenever it comes.