Six days after Connecticut passed new gun control legislation, a gun-maker based in the state has announced it is leaving. PTR industries made the proclamation in a statement that was posted to its website on Wednesday. The company employs more than 40 people and mainly focuses on manufacturing military-style rifles, Fox News reports.
Mark Malkowski, the president of Stag Arms in New Britain, said that other gun manufacturers are intent on lobbying the state's congressional delegation next week "to make sure they hear from our side."
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed the new gun legislation into law on April 4. A spokesman for Malloy, Andrew Doba, claims the governor wants to aid in job creation but that new gun restrictions were needed. "On this particular issue he's been clear: We need to prioritize public safety and this bill will improve public safety," he said.
The new law creates the U.S.’s first dangerous weapon offender registry and bans more than 100 firearms.
The statement that PTR pasted on its website begins:
“This past week an historic and highly controversial bill was passed by the State of Connecticut which will have far reaching consequences to the state, its citizens, and businesses. The bill we refer to is Bill No. 1160, AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDRENS SAFETY. This bill purports to reduce gun violence by banning hardware responsible for less than 3% of homicides in 2011 ; and claims to increase children’s safety by restricting the ability of those most responsible for it – their parents – to defend them.”
“As a firearms manufacturing firm, our industrial roots reach deep in the State of CT. Along with other companies in the trade, we were deeply apprehensive at the hurried process to develop new gun laws and fearful that it would generate unintended consequences for our industry. On Thursday April 4th 2013, upon reading the full text of Bill 1160, our worst fears were confirmed. What emerged was a bill fraught with ambiguous definitions, insufficient considerations for the trade, conflicting mandates, and disastrous consequences for the fundamental rights of the people of CT.”
PTR says it has invited its employees to move with the company.