Connecticut Gun Maker to Relocate Because of New Law

Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 09:50 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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A Connecticut gun-maker is planning to leave the state following passage there of some of the toughest gun control legislation in the country. Two other manufacturers are considering relocation offers as well, according to Fox News.

The Bristol-based gun maker PTR said it has not decided where its new home will be, but Fox News reported that most of its 40 employees have agreed to relocate.

Company Vice President John McNamara said PTR, which produces military-style rifles, would make a formal announcement within six weeks.

According to a company statement, the legislation signed into law by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on April 4 means “our worst fears were confirmed.”

The company said the bill is “fraught with ambiguous definitions, insufficient considerations for the trade, conflicting mandates, and disastrous consequences for the fundamental rights of the people of Connecticut.”

Meanwhile, New Britain-based Stag Arms President Mark Malkowski said he and other manufacturers plan to lobby Connecticut's congressional delegation next week as the gun-control debate continues on Capitol Hill.

The new Connecticut law adds more than 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban. It also creates the nation's first dangerous weapon-offender registry and sets eligibility rules for buying ammunition.

Reacting to the anger expressed by state gun manufacturers, a spokesman for the governor said the intent of the law was not to kill jobs but to make people safer and more secure following the tragic shooting deaths of 20 schoolchildren and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last December.

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