Fox News is running this as their lead story:
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.