Farewell to Arms: Connecticut Rifle Manufacturer to Leave State

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

No mention yet as to where they’ll be relocating, but there are are plenty of friendly states they’ll have to choose from. All power to them.

Rifle manufacturer PTR Industries kept true to its word when it announced on Tueday it planned to move the growing company out of Connecticut.

PTR chief exective officer Josh Fiorini told the Republican-American on the eve of legislature’s vote last week that it planned to move its company to another state if the new law banned gun hardware. On Tuesday, the company posted a message on its Facebook page announcing it planned to move.

“On Thursday April 4th 2013, upon reading the full text of Bill 1160, our worst fears were confirmed,” the company statement read. “What emerged was a bill fraught with ambiguous definitions, insufficient considerations for the trade, conflicting mandates, and disastrous consequences for the fundamental rights of the people of Connecticut.”

“We are making a call to all involved in our industry to leave this state, close your doors and show our politicians the true consequences of their hasty and uninformed actions. We encourage those in our industry to abandon this state as its leaders have abandoned the proud heritage that forged our freedom,” the statement went on to say.

Of course the anti-gun nuts will merely scoff, but there will be residual effects. Bottom line, do you suppose anyone will be itching to move into Connecticut because they’ll feel safer?

While the move is what’s best for PTR, the move is something local vendors are watching nervously.

Sam Cavallo, owner of CavTech Industries, said if PTR stops buying parts from his manufactured products company after the move it will effect his company. Products for PTR make up a third of the business for CavTech, according to Cavallo.

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5 Responses to “Farewell to Arms: Connecticut Rifle Manufacturer to Leave State”

  1. Blue Hen on 10/10/13 at 3:02 pm

    So. The policy makers in CT openly hate the manufacturers and job creators in their state. Good to know.

  2. NR Pax on 10/10/13 at 5:39 pm

    So what kind of business does CT hope to attract to make up for the lost revenue? Or do they just assume that the government will take care of them?

  3. MT Geoff on 10/10/13 at 6:43 pm

    Firearms manufacturing has been important to Connecticutt for two centuries. I can imagine the rest of the industry leaving and, in my fondest vision, refusing to provide materials or service to the state’s agencies. “If your citizens can’t buy it from us, you can’t either.”

  4. eon on 10/10/13 at 9:14 pm

    Next, Colt should pack up and get out of Hartford, and Winchester (what’s left of it) should pull up stakes and leave New Haven.

    I’d suggest they come here to Ohio, but the next time we have a Democrat governor, he’d probably declare a pogrom on them.

    Instead, might I suggest Utah? Browning’s U.S. HQ has been there for decades, and the state government is very “Second Amendment friendly”.

    Plus, if the state, mostly Mormon in culture, becomes the center of gunmaking for civilian sale in the U.S., I expect progressives’ heads to explode from Boston to Berkeley.

    It would be well worth doing, just for that.