Gun companies are fleeing the Northeast and heading south as fast as possible to avoid anti-gun policies.
PTR Industries is leaving Connecticut and investing $8 million in South Carolina, Remington is moving some production from New York to Alabama, and Sturm Ruger is building a 220,000 square foot facility in North Carolina, its first major expansion in decades.
Beretta is also joining the trend, announcing that it would build a $45 million firearms research facility in Tennessee rather than its home state of Maryland.
Gun makers know when they aren’t wanted.
The vice president of PTR, John McNamara, told Reuters: “When folks in the northeast are approached by states like South Carolina, Texas and Georgia and shown what they can be doing, there’s no competition. Connecticut banned the product we make."
In addition to banning assault rifles, Connecticut governor Dan Malloy also blames the gun industry for nearly every shooting that happens in the United States. He told CNN:
“What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible — even if they’re deranged, mentally ill, [have] a criminal background, they don’t care. They want to sell guns.”
Funny – when you relentlessly vilify an industry and ban its products, it no longer wants to do business with you!