Some gun manufacturers in Connecticut and Colorado are moving their operations out of state after gun reform laws have left them feeling as if they are no longer wanted. As a result, those states will end up losing millions in tax revenue and thousands of jobs.
In a Facebook post earlier this month, high-end rifle manufacturer PTR Industries announced that it would be relocating from Connecticut and that its 40 jobs and $50,000 weekly payroll would obviously be leaving as well.
The post read: “With a heavy heart but a clear mind, we have been forced to decide that our business can no longer survive in Connecticut – the former Constitution state.”
AR-15 manufacturer Stag Arms could also be moving and other companies may follow. It’s been estimated that the gun manufacturers’ departures could cost Connecticut 3,000 jobs and $1.75 billion in annual taxable revenues.
The recently passed bill that is causing companies like PTR to make the move places new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines. Under the law, Connecticut now has the country’s first dangerous weapon offender registry. Similar legislation in Colorado has made Magpul Industries, which manufactures firearms accessories and ammunition magazines, think about leaving, Fox News reported.
It’s quite possible that the companies will make their new homes in Texas. The Lone Star state has some of the nation’s loosest gun laws and is actively petitioning for the gunmakers to come to Texas. Gov. Rick Perry took to Twitter in the hopes of attracting PTR.
“Hey, PTR," he posted. "Texas is still wide open for business!! Come on down!"
Perry will do whatever it takes to bring jobs to his state and doesn’t care, "whether you’re a weapons manufacturer or whether you’re a tubular steel manufacturer.”
The governor wants to promote the idea that businesses can do what they want in his state.
"There is still a place for freedom that is very much alive and well," Perry said. "That place is called Texas."