Gun makers are relocating at an alarming pace these last two years. It has everything to do with draconian state gun laws and nothing to do with wanting to leave. Some of these gun companies have been in the same place for centuries, but the more anti-gun some states get, the quicker these companies have to relocate in order to continue to do business. But a lot of these companies are moving towards the American South and Southwest and out of the American West Coast and Northeast.
The New York SAFE act led American Tactical Imports to move to South Carolina, and PTR wasn’t far behind them when Connecticut passed their registration laws. In 2013 Magpul made it known quite publicly and clearly that they would leave Colorado if the state passed harsher gun control measures. Colorado did so, much to the chagrin of the voting constituents who have recalled two and forced another to resign to avoid recall, and Magpul moved manufacturing to Wyoming and corporate HQ to Texas. Baretta wanted to move into Virginia from Maryland, until Virginia elected the very anti-gun former democratic cheerleader Terry McAuliffe on promises of more gun control. Instead Tennessee became the new state that Baretta chose to hang its hat, and they were welcomed with open arms (pun intended). Ruger opened a new plant in North Carolina (but hasn’t left Stamford, CT yet), and Kahr arms is moving slightly south out of New York and into Pennsylvania.
Finally, you have Remington. One of the premier names in firearms, one of the first families of American guns, which has been manufacturing guns in Ilion, NY since 1816, damn near 200 years. After the SAFE act in NY it became clear, or was at least announced that Remington was going to search for a more friendly gun environment. It seems they found it. Huntsville, AL will house a new 500,000 sq ft manufacturing plant for Remington that is expected to be up and operational by 2015. Remington CEO George Kollitides summed up the move by pointing to Alabama’s motto–“We Dare Defend Our Rights.” He said that motto “says it all” when it comes to what drew Remington to Alabama.
This is just the first wave of gun manufacturers moving to or expanding in more gun friendly states, there will be more as the more liberal areas squeeze out guns all together in accordance with the wishes of the
party commissars will of the people. Instead of just shutting down, the south is going to be the benefit of these companies and will probably be the best armed sector of the whole country.
America, especially the American south, loves their freedom to choose and to not be regulated by a bunch of politicians. For this reason gun companies will move to the area where gun isn’t a four letter word, where they can manufacture their products in peace without fear that they will be made illegal in the wee hours of the night at a special session of the legislature on behalf of the people.