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Gun manufacturers looking into leaving Connecticut

April 10, 2013
The State of Connecticut last week passed the most restrictive anti-gun laws in the nation. Today (9-10-13) at least three gun manufacturers have said they are either leaving Connecticut or considering their options. Stag Arms announced that it is considering its options but has made no final decisions whether it will leave Connecticut. Another company, PTR, has said, according to the AP, that most of their employees have agree to relocate with them. Here's how Associated Press reported the story:
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 state's 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.

"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," the company said.
Click here to go to the original source to read the rest of the story.

Update: 4-11-13

A representative for Stag Arms advised the Observer that: PTR (a different firm from Stag) has announced they are leaving Connecticut. Stag Arms is still assessing all of our options and offers from other states but no final decision has been made.

Click here to read the PTR statement
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    Here is a chance for EDC
    April 11, 2013 | 09:42 AM

    Could we offer the jail space in the Industial Park as an incentive to bring real manufacturing to NC.

    Someone should alert Al Klem and the Committe of 100.

    Buzz Cayton
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    stag arms
    April 11, 2013 | 11:53 AM

    I applaud stag arms for sticking to their guns and leaving the peoples republic of commiecticut... I can only pray that all the other firearms manufactures follow suit. Dictator malloy and his Nazi regime have stepped on the rights of people for too long.


    Editor's note; Stag Arms tells us they are "considering all of our options" but have made no final decision yet. PTR, on the other hand, has taken a strong position. See the link to their statement that is posted on their website.

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    Stag firearms moving out of Conn
    April 11, 2013 | 01:01 PM

    Please consider moving to Texas, especially to the oldest town in Texas, ,Nacogdoches, which is in the piney woods of east Texas, where the deer are plentiful and the natural target for an AR-15 exists in excess, hogs!! God bless you and your employees, by all means bring them with you we love Patriots!

    John R. Torres
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    should stag move to other state
    April 11, 2013 | 06:15 PM

    i would think that stag would consider moving from a state that was quick to ban ar style rifles , when one considers the companies they have in there state and what they are going to loose, lets just hope the workers will move with them

    wilson.d, barbour
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    Stag Arms and all gun maufacturers in Conn
    April 30, 2013 | 03:52 PM

    Come on out to Indiana.
    Business climate here is good and still improving.

    Gary Stanley
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    Are you moving?
    June 28, 2013 | 06:14 PM

    We have heard on our tv stations around here that you may be moving to Horry County s.c. if so I have some private lots for sale,to your employes that will be transferred. If the are interested they cane e-mail me for the prices.S.C. is a gun friendly state with a gun rack in half the pick-ups.Thank you -Jerry

    Jerry D Smith
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