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Mossberg's Controversy: How the Firearms Brand Stirred Up Debate

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 03:36 PM

Mossberg has been making firearms since 1919, and for the most part they’ve managed to stay out of the headlines – but recently they’ve stirred up a bit of controversy.

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For a company that’s been around for close to a century, Mossberg hasn’t found itself in the midst of much controversy. For much of its existence, they’ve been most recognized for their famous shotgun designs and their classic motto, “More Gun for the Money.”

The founding pioneer of Mossberg, Oscar F. Mossberg, started his company in New Haven, Connecticut, and its headquarters have stayed put all the way to the present. However, after the local legislature passed stricter gun control measures, Mossberg began relocating much of its operation to Texas, where the laws are less stringent.

Forbes explains,
“In 2013 Connecticut rushed through legislation to ban some of Mossberg’s popular products. As a result, Mossberg CEO Iver Mossberg said, “Investing in Texas was an easy decision. It’s a state that is not only committed to economic growth, but also honors and respects the Second Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for our customers.”

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Obviously this has rankled many locals, who feel like Mossberg is turning its back on the state that supported and nurtured it from the beginning. Many are also concerned that their departure might negatively affect the local economy, as the large manufacturer was a stable source of income for many residents.

According to The County Times, “Peter Gioia, vice president and economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the largest business organization in the state, said manufacturing jobs like the ones at Mossberg are especially precious.”

This is precisely why Mossberg has left a small but sizable portion of its operation in Connecticut, and has not moved its entire workforce to Texas just yet. According to a spokesman for Mossberg, “We have a very substantial presence in Texas. However, the fact that there’s a chance, that doesn't mean that’s what we’d prefer,” The County Times reports.

But that chance may be growing, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry is lobbying hard for Mossberg to expand more aggressively in his state. “Perry has been seducing them with the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), the state’s low taxes, simpler regulations and a skilled workforce” says the Forbes article.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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