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Colt the next gun company to leave a state over anti-gun witch hunt hysteria?

Written By: Bob - Mar• 21•13

Fox News is running this as their lead story:

Colt Firearms may leave Connecticut over the state's anti-liberty witch hunt.

Colt Firearms may leave Connecticut over the state’s anti-liberty witch hunt, and yes…the Colt 6920 rifles in the photos are equipped with Magpul parts.

Colt’s Manufacturing, the company that has made the iconic gun dubbed “The Peacemaker” for more than a century, could pull up its Connecticut stakes after coming under fire in the national debate over the Second Amendment.

President and CEO Dennis Veilleux said the pro-gun control climate that has taken hold in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre and other firearm attacks has left him feeling unwelcome in the state his company has called home for 175 years. Proposed laws being debated by the Legislature and pushed by Gov. Dannel Malloy include a new gun offender registry, an expanded assault weapons ban, ammunition restrictions and a ban on bulk purchases of handguns. Veilleux said those measures have put Colt and its nearly 700 employees in the crosshairs.“At some point, if you can’t sell your products … then you can’t run your business,” Veilleux told FoxNews.com. “You need customers to buy your products to stay in business.”

Magpul is taking something like 200 jobs and $80 million in tax revenue when it leaves Colorado. If Colt leaves Connecticut, they will take 700 jobs and $1.7 billion in tax revenue. Is he bluffing, or is he playing this straight up? I think he’s playing it straight up, and willing to let Connecticut’s fascists follow their arrogance into ruin.

So here’s the scorecard.

Magpul is leaving Colorado, Colt is threatening to leave Connecticut, and Beretta is threatening to leave Maryland if the go forward with proposed laws that will make their products illegal for the very people who manufacture them.They can… and they should. Why should anyone be forced to work where they aren’t wanted?

I’ll say what I’ve said before: North Carolina hit a home run when it established Research Triangle Park in 1959, creating the largest and most successful R&D area in the world. They could just as easily create a new one somewhere close to I-40/I-85 or I-40-/I-95 dedicated to firearms research and manufacturing.

Come on down, y’all.

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19 Comments

  1. John says:

    ENOUGH already with the “run away” approach. This isn’t something we can flee. Do you really believe totalitarianism will respect state boundaries? This fight is where it finds you. “Hang together or hang seperately” seems applicable….

    • Thomass says:

      I think we do. If we all move to a few states they won’t be able to oppress us the same way. I’m thinking about getting out of California. Same deal.

    • chowthen says:

      So what are we suppose to do? “Not an inch…no retreat not even an inch. Fight to the last man”.

      Heck, we have to regroup to make a stand. In case of these socialist states, you’ve already lost they’re in the process of decimating you. You have to retreat or surrender.

  2. Randolph A McInerney says:

    Come to Ohio Colt… our Governor will welcome you and 700 JOBS. So will we. We KNOW what the 2nd Amendment is all about. We do not have that fairytale belief that less guns means less killings…. that’s how immature people think.
    Less guns just means more good people won’t have them and more bad people like Adam Lanza will be swimming in illegal guns.
    If Conneticut is that stupid…then they should lose 700 JOBS.
    COLT… PLEASE COME TO OHIO….??? We need JOBS and we understand the situation. Here in Ohio we are training over 900 school teachers {So far}and school employees in concealed carry of guns.

    • chowthen says:

      Ohio voted for Obama the patriarch of the Marxist who are trying to destroy the gun industry. If not because of Ohio going for Obama the “DemonRats” wouldn’t have had the balls to destroy the bill of rights but now they are so bold to pass laws as they please.

    • Fu#kObama says:

      Ohio is NOT a fit to work state. Moving there you will gain nothing. The labor unions are in a money laundering scheem with democrats. The democratic party is all about control and guns represent freedom from government. The 2 Amendment is about protection from government tyranny by the individual.

      Move to a right to work state and stop the union/democratic corruption scheem.

  3. Will says:

    Below italics section you said “Colorado is taking something like 200 jobs and $80 million in tax revenue when it leaves Colorado”. I think you meant Magpul is taking…

  4. Randolph A McInerney says:

    COLT ….Come to Zanesville, Ohio we have a huge industrial Park and existing factories that are open. We are just 60 miles east of Cloumbus and right on Interstate 70….the interstate higway goes right past the industrial Park. We have a lot of hunters and we are in Muskungum Comuty the county with the most Boone & Crocket Bucks in their national record books. We have a lot of conceled Carry license holders and we would love to have Colt firearms in our county and state.
    COLT PLEASE COME TO MUSKINGUM COUNTY OHIO…the HOME OF THE BIGGEST WHITETAIL BUCKS IN AMERICA. Every year we have 1000’s of out of state hunters come into Muskungum county ,OHIO to Hunt the BIG BUCKS, as well as Canadian folks. MUSKINGUM COUNTY, OHIO IS ALWAYS MENTIONED IN “OUTDOOR LIFE” MAGAZINE AND “FIELD AND STREAM” …”BUCK MASTER” MAGAZINE ETC ETC
    WE NEED JOBS AND WE HAVE A GOOD WORK FORCE.
    COLT FIREARMS …YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!!!!!

  5. Randolph A McInerney says:

    BTW; MUSKINGUM COUNTY OHIO IS NOT ONLY RIGHT ON THE INTERSTSTE EAST AND WEST BUT VERY CLOSE TO 75 NORTH AND SOUTH. WE ARE CENTRAL TO NEW YORK, PHILDELPHIA , CHICAGO, ST LOUIS, NASHVILLE, PITTSBURG, DETROIT, AND MUCH MORE . WE ARE ABOUT EQUAL DISTANCE FROM ALL THOSE CITIES. THAT’S WHY “AUTO ZONE” BUILT THERE BIGGEST EASTERN WAREHOUSE HERE, “WENDY’S BUNS FACTORY” FOR MCDONALDS, WENDY’S, BURGER KING AND MANY MORE…

  6. Catseye says:

    We are in the collapse period of civilization. Took me till today to realize it, sorry. Don’t blame O’bama he’s not a cause just a symptom. This should be interesting we’ve never had a technological Dark Age before. Technologies will arise and disappear and most people won’t even won’t be aware of their existence. Oh and I didn’t vote for O’bama just saying a people who would elect him deserve what they got coming. Realization from an encounter with a Lynx in a Million dollar home suburb, just beginning to put the pieces together. The future is not going to be a nice place, Sorry!

  7. colt craig says:

    Colt firearms should come to Utah. Utah is number 4 in the counrty for gun ownership and growing. We would welcome you and the jobs.

    • chowthen says:

      Yes, Utah is ideal place to move if I were Colt. Even though I’m not from Utah and coming from the commie state of CA.

  8. Nah, come to SC: Lower taxes and better weather. I-26, I-85 or I-26, I-77 would give good access. Greenville is building an inland port rail line to move all sorts of product.

  9. simms520 says:

    I am all for these companies leaving their home States if they are not welcome. The only problem with them all being together in a Mega firearms industrial park is from a tactical point of view. “Dont put all your eggs in one basket” That “Industrial Park” would be a large target! Molon Labe

  10. Aaron says:

    Come to Wyoming. It’s actually illegal here for the feds to try to shut down Wyoming-legal manufacturing. F Washington, F Connecticut, and F the knee-jerks.

  11. OpenTheDoor says:

    If Boeing trusts us to build a jet, Colt can trust us to build a weapon.
    Daniel Defense has a plant just down the road from me.
    FN, a little further up the road.
    Colt, Magpul, come on down, the water is warm, the beaches, sandy.

  12. Mik says:

    Come to TN. Guns should be manufactured where they are most welcomed and used….. The South! Hardly any Unions either……

  13. Mark R says:

    Nah. Central Texas is where it’s at.

    No state income tax, plenty of room to shoot without hitting anything, and lots of veterans from Fort Hood who decided the area is really, really nice so they decided to stay.

    And a Governor who believes “gun control” is hitting your target consistently!