Apr
30
2013

Status check on various gunmakers’ flights from various states.

Let’s look at the practical results of gun control, shall we?  Three states have recently signed into law some hefty gun control laws; what were the results?

  • Colorado: Magpul is now making some magazines and sights outside of the state.  They’re also working on a new HQ.
  • Connecticut: PTR Industries will be moving out of the state shortly.  It’s rumored that other companies will follow.
  • Maryland: Beretta’s pretty much just waiting for Martin O’Malley to sign a new gun control law next month*.

…and that’s pretty much it.  Good-bye jobs, good-bye tax revenue, good-bye money circulation from the first two categories, and here’s the important point: there will be nothing to compensate for those losses.  As usual, the new rules will do nothing to curb mass shootings; also as usual, the people who are patting themselves on the backs about forcing gun manufacturers out of particular states are not the sort of people who create new revenue-producing ventures.  Put another way: they’re busy-bodies, not businessmen.  Many of them would be vaguely insulted to be mistaken for businessmen.This would be entertaining, except that I live in a state where my taxes are going to go up pretty soon in order to compensate for the loss in revenue.  And, come to think of it: idiocy that actually makes people’s lives worse is rarely entertaining, anyway.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*I would like to think that this is what’s going to sink Martin O’Malley’s Presidential prospects in 2016, but alas it won’t.  What will sink those prospects is that O’Malley’s another Andrew Cuomo, only without the charm.

4 Comments

  • HeartbreakRidge says:

    Too bad tipjar donations aren’t enough to finance a relocation, eh? :(

  • Aruges says:

    And more and more of American culture is driven out of parts of America. :(

  • Luke says:

    All I know, is that the companies in these blighted areas don’t seem too interested in invitations from mere citizens.

  • Doc Holliday says:

    They are not alone. Look at Smith & Wesson in MA, Colt’s Manufacturing in CT, and Kimber America in Yonkers NY. These three are way bigger than Magpul and the few that say they will move. As for Beretta, I will believe that when I see it. I mean, you don’t just end up in Acokeek MD on accident, with the biggest military sidearm contract ever (for one company). Certainly Beretta knew the difference between the Old Dominion and Greater Baltimore before now.

    I respect mag pul and other gun related companies acting on their beliefs. But until the big boys pull out of the North East en masse, no major point will be made. At this time I am not asking Sig to leave NH, but sooner or later, that state will likely succumb to Northern Liberalism as well. JMO.

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