Len Sossamon, the county administrator of Florida’s Hernando County, has sent a love letter (so to speak) to Stag Arms CEO Mark Malkowski. Stag Arms is currently based in Connecticut, but after a series of gun control laws passed through the legislature, Stag Arms might relocate to a more pro-guns state.
Sossamon attempted to woo Malkowski with tantalizing descriptions of Hernando County’s nearby airport and a 2,300-acre county-owned industrial park that is serviced by a railroad. As if that was not already tempting enough, Hernando officials have been distant admirers of Stag Arms for some time now. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office currently uses firearms manufactured by Stag Arms.
If Sossamon successfully lures Stag Arms to his home county, the locals can look forward to 25 new jobs, which could quadruple once Stag Arms gets settled in.
Sossamon revealed that he was persuaded to write the letter after he found out that PTR Firearms moved to South Carolina and bringing with it 150 jobs with salaries that average about $20 per hour.
Sossamon is not the only local figure tempted by Stag Arms. Gary Schraut, chairman of the Aviation Authority, argued that the local economy will get a major boost from the arrival of such a huge company.
"These are great companies, providing great jobs and providing a great service to the community," he said. "This is more of a legal business than the sale of marijuana in Colorado, and yet some people support that. We have companies on the airport that already make parts for firearms so what a perfect fit."
The people of Hernando County have stiff competition, however. Pro-gun government leaders have been trying to catch the attention of Stag Arms ever since the Sandy Hook tragedy changed the gun control climate in Connecticut. There are plenty of other localities that would be delighted by the arrival of Stag Arms.
The people of Horry County, S.C., have good reason to celebrate. PTR Industries, a Connecticut-based gun manufacturer, plans to relocate to South Carolina and bring along with it 145 new jobs.
They say one man’s loss is another man’s gain, and that is definitely true in this case. PTR is escaping Connecticut following a surge of gun control laws. PTR officials hope that the company will be able to prosper in the much more gun-friendly state of South Carolina.
"PTR is very excited to begin the process and write the next chapter for our company here in South Carolina," said Josh Fiorini, president of PTR Industries. "I'd like to thank and commend the leadership of South Carolina and Horry County who have demonstrated their commitment to jobs and industry for the area and the taxpayers. We look forward to doing business here and joining the rising tide of the Myrtle Beach area economy."
Naturally, the people of South Carolina are just as thrilled as Fiorini.
"We welcome PTR Industries to the South Carolina business community, and we celebrate the company's decision to invest $8 million and create 145 new jobs in the Myrtle Beach area," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "Announcements like this show that South Carolina is the new ‘it' place for doing business.”
That kind of economic boost is easy for anybody to get behind, even the pro-gun control crowd. It is hard to argue with an extra $8 million floating around the local economy and a chance at one of those 145 jobs.
Conversely, Connecticut will probably be reeling once PTR packs up and leaves. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy met with gun manufacturers weeks ago to ask them not to leave, all while pushing stricter gun control laws. The half-hearted pleas did not do much to sway PTR Industries, so PTR sent Connecticut legislators a powerful message: promote gun control legislation at your own risk.
After the Sandy Hook shooting, Connecticut governor, Dannel Malloy (D), passed sweeping gun control laws to better protect against similar tragedies. Since then, gun manufacturers based in the state have been looking elsewhere to set up shop.
PTR Industries, a weapons manufacturer, will be one of the first to depart. The formal announcement will take place next week at a ribbon cutting ceremony in South Carolina, according to The Sun News of Myrtle Beach.
The new location will be in Cool Springs Business Park in Horry County. The eager city council receiving the company has already approved a resolution detailing the move.
“I’m excited to get it to this point,” said Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus.
According to PTR’s chief executive officer, Josh Fiorini, the move will take about three years and the majority of the business’ 140 employees will be relocated from Connecticut to South Carolina.
In addition to PTR, Stage Arms, another Connecticut gun manufacturer, is contemplating a move to the same area. Mark Malkowski, chief executive officer of Stage Arms, has planned to visit the area as a possible relocation spot.
According to Fiorini, PTR pays an average of $22 an hour to its employees, many of whom are highly skilled. Wages will likely be less for people hired from Horry County, however, as they will need to be trained in how to make the guns.
New York state has a long history of pro-gun control policies, and New York gun manufacturer, Kahr Arms has nearly had enough. Officials from the Kahr Firearms Group are thinking about buying a 620-acre lot in neighboring Pennsylvania for a hefty $2 million.
The new plot of land is in Pike County, which is a few hours north of Philadelphia. If Kahr pulls the trigger on the deal, the locals in Pike County could look forward to 100 new jobs and a major boost to the economy.
This is much more than window shopping or an idle bluff. Kahr has already hired engineering, legal and real estate firms to get the ball rolling, and they are looking for a construction manager to oversee the construction of the new plant. Some company executives have already purchased homes in Pike County, said a company representative.
Kahr Firearms Group currently earns between $75 million and $100 million annually. Company growth jumped 25 percent after the Newtown shooting as gun owners quickly bought up firearms and ammunition because of looming gun control legislation. In fact, the Newtown tragedy might very well have been the single most important factor in pushing Kahr to relocate. The massacre simultaneously encouraged many New England states to push pro-gun control legislation, and the increase in gun sales have helped Kahr expand.
Kahr Firearms is following in the footsteps of other gun manufacturers, such as Beretta. Several months ago, Beretta announced that the company would leave Maryland to escape gun control legislation. Kahr’s move sends a powerful economic message to pro-gun control legislators: limit gun rights at your own peril.
"We were ready to sign a deal in rural Orange County, N.Y. But when the governor passed stricter gun control, it made it tough to continue on that path, so we jumped over the river," said Kahr spokesman Frank Harris. "New York has become very unfriendly to people in the gun business. We feel like we are being treated like criminals in New York. That is one of the reasons we are coming to Pennsylvania."
Kahr will likely receive a warm welcome from the locals. Kathy Hummel of the Pike County Economic Development Authority said, "I think it is a perfect fit. I believe they are going to be good neighbors.”
Source: Pocono Record
Gun manufacturers are attempting to circumvent California gun restrictions by selling illegal gun merchandise under the name “repair kit.”
Currently, Californians are not able to purchase magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera argues that gun manufacturers 44Mag Distributing of Oregon, Exile Machine of Texas and Copes Distributing of Ohio are exploiting a loophole that allows Californians to purchases illegal gun products. A magazine with more than 10 rounds is illegal under California law, but breaking down the magazine into its component pieces and selling it as a repair kit is perfectly legal.
Exile Machine’s website reads: “If you purchase magazines which hold more than 10 rounds, we will automatically disassemble them into 100 percent legal repair/rebuild kits for compliance with CA law. We do not charge extra for this service. Your invoice will clearly state (in ALL CAPS & BOLD) that you are receiving disassembled repair/rebuild kits. Note that a few types of magazines are welded shut and can not be disassembled.”
The website continues, “They are not intended for reassembly into new high capacity magazines, which would be a felony under California law.”
Herrera hopes to close the loophole by filing a lawsuit against the three manufacturers for openly violating state law. The suit alleges that “the disassembled equipment is intended for easy reassembly by purchasers into complete, fully functional high-capacity magazines that dramatically enhance the lethality of otherwise lawful firearms.”
Selling all of the parts of an illegal product is a slap in the face of California legislators. While it may not be technically illegal, it comes close enough that Herrera might very well win his lawsuit.
“Our common sense laws balance public safety imperatives with the constitutional rights of responsible gun owners, and they deserve to be aggressively enforced,” Herrera said.
It is a sticky situation that runs along the gray area between what is legal and what is illegal. Assuming it makes its way to court, a California judge could easily rule in favor of either side.
The core issue is not about guns as much as it is about reading between the lines. Are exploiting technicalities perfectly acceptable, or should gun manufacturers follow the spirit of the law in addition to the letter of the law?
Source: Dallas News
Gaston Glock, the Austrian arms manufacturer, is locked in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Helga, over billions of dollars that Gaston has allegedly hidden away across the globe.
Helga has asked an Atlanta judge to help her obtain her billionaire ex-husband's financial records. Helga argues she needs the documents to calculate what Gaston needs to pay Helga in alimony. Gaston must pay his ex-wife for ruining the marriage — a court ruled Gaston was at fault for leaving his marriage of 49 years in favor of a woman 50 years younger. Apparently, his now 77-year-old wife was not living up to the Glock motto, “perfection.”
The younger woman worked as a nurse for Gaston and allegedly seduced Gaston while she “kept Helga Glock and other family members away from Glock Sr. with the warning that such contact could result in a further stroke and potentially his death.”
Helga’s attorneys claim Gaston “has erected a complex and opaque structure of holding companies and trusts for Glock affiliated entities through the world and has moved what Ms. Glock contends are marital assets” into hidden accounts.
Naturally, American courts will be part of the investigation. Glock has a strong presence in the states, so it probably would not be difficult for the famous gun manufacturer to shuffle around assets.
Helga does have a strong legal claim to the money. Helga was instrumental in helping her husband develop his business during its early stages, and she owned as much as 15 percent of the company’s stock up until 1999. The then-married couple created a trust for their children after one of Glock’s corporate lieutenants tried to have Gaston assassinated. The trust holds 99 percent of the shares of the parent firm, which means that it the company will be safeguarded against any back-stabbing employees eager to take the throne.
“This is a family that is deeply wounded," said David Rubinger, a spokesperson for Helga. "Helga Glock is not doing this for herself, she is doing it for her family.”
Guns, assassins, sex, billions of dollars and betrayal – Glock Gaston’s life and divorce have all the makings of a dramatic summer blockbuster. Though, fans of Glock will still have to wait to find out who will get a happy ending: Gaston or Helga?
Russia is enlisting an unlikely ally in its ploy to become the world’s foremost gun manufacturer: Steven Seagal. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin revealed that he wants the famous action movie star to serve as the face for an international marketing campaign aimed at promoting the Degtarev arms plant.
Seagal met with Rogozin this week to discuss the marketing campaign. Rogozin said, “You’re ready to fight American [manufacturers] with your teeth and your intellect, and if Americans are prepared to promote and support you, that says we’re learning new ways to work on corporate warfare markets.”
Apparently, Putin and Seagal have become fast friends recently. Several months ago, Putin and Segal shared a meal before attending a Judo match in Moscow. A spokesman for Putin even said, “Putin and Seagal have long been friends, and they regularly meet each other.”
Seagal is kind of an odd choice for the Russian marketing campaign. On the one hand, Seagal is an action hero known for playing characters who use martial arts, grit, and high-powered weapons to take down bad guys. On the other hand, it’s a bit strange to use an American action star to represent Russia. Though, Seagal does claim to have a grandfather from the neighboring country of Mongolia.
Using an American spokesperson may help Russian gun manufacturers bridge the gap between America and Russia. Considering that gun ownership and jingoism often go hand-in-hand in the States, Russia might have a hard time overcoming lingering hostilities and distrust of Communist regimes. Though, Austrian gun manufacturer Glock has certainly managed to win over the hearts and wallets of American buyers. Russia might actually have a chance at breaking into the American market.
What’s your take? Will enlisting Seagal help Russia become a major world player in the gun industry, or will the Russians be unable to dethrone Austrian and American gun manufacturers, even with the help of Seagal’s deadly kung fu grip?
Source: Daily Caller
While gun manufacturers have not weighed in on gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., confidential, decade-old transcripts of testimony uncovered by the New York Times shows how they became shielded from liability in 2005.
A review of transcripts scattered across the country, packed away in archives at courthouses and law firms, shows industry leaders arguing that manufacturers can’t be held responsible for the monitoring of distributors or dealers who sell their firearms to the public.
“That’s not for us to enforce the law,” said Mr. Guevremont, president of Browning, who testified that his company would not review the practices of a deal which was the subject of numerous trace requests.
MKS Supply owner Charles Brown said he never examined the trace requests the company received from federal agents. MKS manufactures an inexpensive gun, which the Times says turned up frequently in criminal investigations.
A Glock executive testified that he would continue to do business with a dealer he knew was indicted on a charge of violating firearms laws. “This is still America,” the exec said. “You’re still innocent until proven guilty.”
President of Sturm, Ruger & Co. was not interested in knowing how many times police traced guns back to one of their distributors, stating it “wouldn’t show us anything.”
Ugo Gussalli Beratta was the only executive not on board with other manufactures. He said he never realized it was so easy to get multiple guns in the U.S., compared to his homeland Italy. He said he thought Beretta USA had a policy for dealers to determine if there was “a legitimate need” before so many guns could be purchased. However, was wrong.
In the late 1990s, more than 20 cities, counties or states filed suit against gun manufacturers, charging the industry with negligent sales practices.
Utah Senator Howard Stephenson (R) is hoping to attract gun manufacturers to the Beehive State by offering tantalizing tax incentives.
Stephenson states in a blog post that he has his eyes on gun manufacturing company Beretta. Just recently, Beretta announced its plans to relocate after its home state of Maryland passed strong gun control legislation. Stephenson writes, “In Maryland, Beretta has paid more than 31 million dollars in taxes. They currently employ more than 400 people. According to a guns.com exclusive from yesterday, Beretta has significant plans for growth and investment.”
Those numbers would look tempting to any politician, regardless of where he falls along political lines. Stephenson jumped on the opportunity by opening a bill file. He says on the post, “My initial proposal will be to reduce obstacles and offer incentives to gun manufacturers located in the Beehive State. This might include eliminating sales taxes on machinery, equipment and replacement parts which are used in the manufacture of guns.”
He also believes that he has a co-sponsor lined up, though he hasn’t named any names.
Clearly, Stephenson still has a long ways to go if he hopes to lure Beretta and other gun manufacturers to Utah. He still needs to figure out what type of break he is going to offer gun manufacturers, and even then he will be a long way behind other pro-gun states like Missouri. Gun fans in Missouri have offered free parcels of land to any gun manufacturer to decide to move to Missouri. Meanwhile, Wyoming legislators have encouraged gun manufactures to set up shop in their state.
Beretta’s departure from Maryland will undoubtedly hurt that state’s economy and tax budget, but they say that one man’s loss is another man’s gain. Gun-friendly states are poised to reap the benefits from states that want to tax and regulate the gun industry into the ground.
It’s public knowledge that Magpul, a company that manufacturers gun parts, is unhappy with the restrictive gun control legislation in its home state of Colorado. For a company that boasts the motto, “Unfair advantage,” Magpul is eager to regain the upper hand by moving to a more gun-friendly state.
Under Colorado's looming gun legislation that will come into effect July 1, some of the magazines that Magpul makes would be banned.
But Magpul has been tight-lipped about its intended destination. In a Facebook post this Tuesday, Magpul told fans that the company would need more time to make a decision. The statement has done little to quell the thousands of fans who have been begging Magpul to move to their home states. Magpul’s online fan base isn’t something to sneeze at, either – the company has over 238,000 likes.
The company wrote, “We’d like to thank the tens of thousands of visitors to our booth at the NRA show as well as the numerous posters here on our FB page for your support and for the generous invitations to relocate to your home states. There are many factors at work in our decisions, including business climate, tax structure, legislative environment, regulatory burdens, culture, workforce, etc., and any decision that did not consider all these areas carefully would not only be ill-advised, but irresponsible to our employees, our customers, and the brand.”
Magpul employs nearly 200 people and contributes $85 million to the local economy, making it a big prize for one lucky state. Fans can only speculate over the future home of Magpul, but based on recent legislative lobbying efforts there are a few states that pop out.
Idaho Governor Butch Otter recently announced Second Amendment Protection Month in an attempt to attract gun manufacturers. Missouri is in the process of passing landmark pro-gun legislation and a local businessman promised a sizable parcel of land for free to gun manufacturers who move to the state.
But who knows? Magpul fans will have to patiently await the announcement. The Facebook post reads, “We are eager to make more specific announcements as soon as we can responsibly do so without sabotaging our ongoing efforts and negotiations and we appreciate your support and understanding until then.”