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Mossberg on Gun Control: 5 Quotes From Heated Debate

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The gun rights debate shows no signs of ebbing. Gun rights advocates and gun control believers share equal passion over what they consider to be important for the country’s continual safety and freedom. It is almost impossible for a gun manufacturer to escape the debate, and Mossberg is no exception. The following five quotes from the heated debate illustrate the position of Mossberg on gun control:

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“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.” Iver Mossberg, CEO of Mossberg, to Forbes magazine.

Perhaps the greatest example of Mossberg’s ties to the gun control debate is the expansion of the company’s manufacturing facility in Texas rather than in Connecticut, where Mossberg has been headquartered since 1919. As a reaction to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, three years ago, the state passed a law banning some of Mossberg’s products, according to Forbes. That sent Mossberg looking for a state that was more gun friendly, and, landing on Texas, the company decided to build a large facility there. According to Miniter, most of Mossberg’s guns are now manufactured at its Eagle Pass, Texas, facility.

“They’re neighbors. Something like that, 20 little kids dead, what’s the answer?” Joseph Bartozzi, a senior vice president with Mossberg, told Bloomberg about the company’s overall reaction to the mass murder in Newtown, Connecticut, three years ago.

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Newtown is about 25 miles from North Haven, where the gun manufacturer is headquartered. In an article for Bloomberg, Bartozzi recounted that on the day of the shooting many Mossberg employees did their work with tears in their eyes. The article went on to say that although the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown used a Bushmaster Firearms International gun, his weapon was similar to a large-capacity, semiautomatic rifle made by Mossberg.

“What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible, even if they’re deranged, even if they’re mentally ill, even if they have a criminal record. They don’t care.” –Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, to the North Haven Citizen, a few months after the Sandy Hook shooting.

Mossberg has strong ties to Connecticut, and the gun manufacturer found the governor’s comments “unflattering and untrue,” according to the North Haven Citizen. The article also noted that Connecticut, especially North Haven where Mossberg is based, has a long history of gun manufacturing. The guns that sharpshooter Annie Oakley used were made in North Haven by Marlin Firearms.

Mossberg pulled out of a gun exhibition in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2013 after the show’s officials banned assault weapons because of the Newtown tragedy, the CT Mirror reported.

"Mossberg's position on the Second Amendment is unwavering and steadfast; therefore the company will not support any organization or event that prohibits the display or sale of legal firearms," a company statement said.

“If there was a federal ban on certain types of firearms, it wouldn’t matter where you were.” Joe Bartozzi, of Mossberg, to the Texas Tribune.

While some states, such as Connecticut, have gone to great lengths to establish a level of gun control, gun manufacturers like Mossberg have managed to find welcoming states for their gun production. A push for federal gun regulations threatens a manufacturer’s ability to do just that, Bartozzi told the Texas Tribune. He added, however, that support for a federal measure did not seem to be keeping its momentum.

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

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