One of the most powerful statements you can make and one of the most important freedoms you have is to vote with your feet, to just get up and move somewhere that better respects your rights. Gunmakers under assault from those who would limit a citizen's Second Amendment rights are doing just that: They're picking up their manufacturing facilities out of states that have passed restrictive gun ownership laws and walking to freedom in states with a strong tradition of protecting gun rights.
A call to arms
Connecticut gunmaker PTR Industries announced that it will leave the state in response to the new law just signed that gives Connecticut some of the strictest gun laws in the country. While it will review over the next six weeks the entreaties it has received from other states and plans to have the move completed by year's end, it also encourages other gunmakers in the state to follow its lead and move elsewhere.
"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," the company stated.
And PTR is not alone. Two other Connecticut-based munitions makers, Stag Arms and Ammunition Storage Components, are weighing whether they have the shoe leather to make a move. Ironic, as it comes from a state whose motto is qui transtulit sustinet, or "he who is transplanted still sustains."
Don't mess with Texas
Nor is this confined to Connecticut. Italian gun manufacturer Beretta is actively considering leaving Maryland because of the restrictive new laws it passed, while Magpul Industries is leaving Colorado.
Texas, in particular, has gone out of his way to woo gun and ammunition makers, sending letters to dozens of them inviting them to relocate. Mississippi as well is trying to entice gun manufacturers from Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina.
I think that is great. A good way to tell states to go pound sand by taking away there jobs, and watch there states unemployment go way up.
Plus the south makes perfect sense with there more attractive view of guns.
Just dont come to Ill. the only state in the union that continues to fight concealed carry.
Not to mention our taxes are rediculous.