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Colt Could End 175 Years In Connecticut Over Gun Laws

March 25, 2013 by  

The CEO of iconic American gun maker Colt’s Manufacturing Company, LLC, Dennis Veilleux, threatened to initiate the process of moving the company headquarters from Hartford, Conn., as lawmakers in that State mull tough gun laws that could even include an AR-15 ban.


In an op-ed in the Hartford Courant, Veilleux said that recent calls by Connecticut lawmakers and Governor Dannel Malloy for strict gun laws that would make illegal some of the products Colt manufactures could bring the gun maker to pick up its 175-year roots in the State and move the operation to a more gun-friendly environment.

From the op-ed:

We can educate gun owners and enforce laws on the safe storage of firearms in the home (Imagine if the firearms criminally and insanely misused in Newtown had been stored securely.) I have two young children and like so many in our state, I identify with, but can only imagine, the searing pain of those parents who lost children in Newtown. If I thought a ban would make the state and especially its children safer, I could not write these words.

The fact is bans don’t work. We tried to ban alcohol nearly 100 years ago, which just drove a regulated activity underground.

I know one thing that the governor’s proposed ban will do: It will irreparably damage — if not destroy — the brand of any Connecticut firearms manufacturer.

Our customers are unusually brand-loyal. In many cases, they personally identify with the firearm brand they choose. Although our Connecticut heritage has historically enhanced our brand, that will change overnight if we ban the modern sporting rifle.

The CEO said that the only real result of a Connecticut ban on certain classes of weapons would be to hurt the Colt brand name — as well of that of fellow Connecticut-based gun makers Mossberg and Stag Arms — as costumers opt to do business with companies located in gun-friendly States. Veilleux also said that Colt is constantly approached by other States with relocation offers, something the company would consider if tough gun laws are passed.

Earlier in the month, Veilleux closed down Colt for a day in order to have 400 workers visit the Connecticut State capitol to discuss with lawmakers the threat new State gun legislation poses to jobs at the firearm plant.

A similar situation happened in Colorado recently. When lawmakers passed a high capacity magazine ban in that State, gun accessory maker Magpul Industries made the decision to move its 200-man operation elsewhere.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Buster the Anatolian

    There are a number of Southern states that would welcome Colt with open arms my state of residence being one of them.

  • TIME

    Dear Buster,

    Yes indeed we here in the Great state of Georgia ~ Welcome Colt with open arms, to all Gun makers and Ammo makers, come on down to Georgia we need the jobs, we have skilled workers looking for jobs too, so what could be better, oh we also have low state taxs.

    Peace – Love, Shalom.

  • Jim

    Bravo Colt! Take other gun manufactures with you.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    More fear-mongering and bullying. Go for it Colt—-Mississippi needs your jobs (and you can help your bottom line by paying those low southern wages). I myself buy my weapons based on what I need and whose products best meet those needs. If Colt wants to politicize that process rather than stick to “business”, it will be easy to just cross Colt off the list and go to those manufacturers who concern themselves only with producing a good product.

  • Thomas

    Tell that to the 120 or so gun manufacturers/sellers in the US who have pledged not to sell to law enforcement or other government agencies in states (like NY) who deny their residents their 2nd Amendment rights.

  • jdn

    Yes it is fear mongering and bullying , but by the state legislature . Why would anyone operate a business in a state that it can not sell its product ? The politicizing is coming from government not industry but your washing machine is stuck on spin cycle .

  • Michelle Kienlen

    RBT You are definetly NOT in your Right mind. And as for your treasonous liberal ways you can carry them and yourself right on out of America.We liberty constitutional loving Americans don’t appreciate your kind.

  • T. Jefferson

    Pack it up and move to Texas. Having Ft. Worth Texas as your home office address will only improve your standing with both home defense and cowboy shooters. Drop a line to Winchester and bring them with you.

  • securityman

    right brain thinker, you are right. that’s if you want to let obummer and his cronies take away your rights.why don’t you try thinking with both sides of your brain instead of just the right side.

  • Mr Diesel

    It really doesn’t mean squat what the people think on this blog as it relates to relocating a gun business to your state. all that matters is that your state legislature and governor wants it. I for one took a presentation to my local state legislator about contacting all the firearms manufacturers in Connecticut and convincing them to move here.

  • Jeff

    Colt already has another plant in Florida. They set that up I believe approximately 2 years ago. As a CT resident, it is the prudent thing to do. Manufacturing is dying here due to high taxes, excessive regulations, and unions. Remington used to have over 40,000 employees at their Bridgeport plant. When I think about how many firearms manufacturers that have left this state, it is staggering.

    The bottom line is our politicians are doing nothing but making it worse! Believe me, I am trying to get out myself!

  • ToughGuy1

    Now Obama wants to put our gun industry out of business. He is trying to disarm us. He go’s everything against our Constitution. He needs to be impeached. Does Congress have any impeachable offensives on him?

  • Rob

    With all the jobs being lost at Robins AFB, I’m sure that many would be happy to have them; not just the unemployed, but other local businesses as well.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    More fear-mongering and bullying. Let the “120 or so” pack up and go to “wherever” also. Just more of the “hostage taking” that those who can’t get their way are so fond of employing. Tiresome.

    And jdn? I’m not “spinning” anything—-if the state legislature can’t make laws that suit the cry babies, the cry babies can either seek to influence the legislature or pack up and leave—that’s the American Way.

  • Don 2

    I support and would be happy to purchase products from any gun manufacturer and gun accessory manufacturer that will stick it to an anti-gun state, and move to a pro-gun state. To the taxpayers of the anti-gun states, tuff, you elected the anti-gun liberal idiots running your state, and you deserve to lose all of the taxes and jobs made from products which they produce. Go for it Colt!

  • ranger09

    The 120 or so companys saying they will not sale to the Govt is just hog wash, They are only doing it to please the public, Govt comes first and they know it and so do we. they also know screw with the govt and they will be out of business, In comes the IRS and others.??. Also the govt knows they can buy better weapons from Germany and several other Countries. Corporations and the govt talk nothing but garbage most of the time.But most of the time its the taxpayer that suffers.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    PS I looked at a bottle of Remington Rem Oil I just purchased—–on the label?
    “Made in Canada” and “distributed by Remington Arms Company, Madison, NC”. The box for my recently purchased Model 870 Tactical says “made in Ilion. NY”. Looks like one of my favorite gun manufacturers is already chasing bigger bottom lines (and not running from state legislatures).

  • Don 2

    Right Brain Thinker,

    So your Model 870 was made at Remington’s IIion Firearms Plant & Custom Shop, which employs 1300 people. What’s your point?

  • Adolf Schmidt

    The guy is teflon! There is enough out there to get him out of office, but nobody has the guts to go against the first black president! It would put a end to their political career to be labeled a racist! There are several black politicians that disagree with the president but they also want to be re elected!

  • usirius

    Actually impeachment is NOT enough.Obama committed treason when he “gave” authority over the USA (and the US Military) to the UN – as did Panetta and Dempsey. They need to be arrested and prosecuted.

  • meteorlady

    There are probably many but the won’t. The Democrats are in control. Just signing the portion of the Homeland Security Act that defines Constitutional free zones, should be impeachable since he swore to uphold the Constitution.

  • Richard

    Ok Rick Perry is being proactive recruiting businesses away from business unfriendly states and encourgaging them to relocate in Texas. If Colt and the rest of te frearms manufactors are serious about this and not blowing smoke, they have a home and welcoming arms.

  • Phil

    Please come to Maine we have the people willing to work and we have down to earth views. You would have to look in the mid-coast because we the nuts down in the Portland area Waterville and Oakland is a good area and great rail service.

  • Rocketman

    We would welcome Colt, Kimber or any of the gun manufactures here to Indiana. We are a gun friendly state with highly skilled workers with a republican governor and legislature.

  • JeffH

    Connecticut is following in California’s footsteps.

    It’s sad to think that Connecticut has such a long historical heritage of firearms manufacturing and like California, is regulating and taxing them and other industries out of the state. Pathetic!

  • 45caliber

    Texas would certainly welcome them here. In fact, I’d like to see all gun and ammo manufacturers move here. We could then insist the Feds pass the correct laws on guns or they don’t buy any.

  • Robert

    I would like to see Ammo companies not to sell bullets to federal, states and local governments.

  • Robert

    I would call him out, call me racist or anything I don’t care.. He should be impeached, like yesterday

  • 45caliber

    I’ve got a personal feeling that one of the reasons DHS is buying so many bullets is to tie up all manufacturing so that they won’t be able to make ammo for the common people. And I believe when they can afford to buy these huge quantities of ammo, they have too much money that they really don’t need.

  • 45caliber

    Or, come to think of it, they plan to shut down all ammo manufacturers that make and sell ammo to civilians but they want to insure they have enough to last them the foreseeable future …

  • tgsherman

    Some are already doing that & lets hope more follow!

  • meteorlady

    A lot of local city and state law officers are not getting ammo and they are having to ration it. It’s also straining budgets because ammo has more than doubled this year alone.

    That, in turn, is unsafe for the citizens of those places so does the federal government care? No, it’s their way or no way right now.

  • meteorlady

    California has to have high taxes. They have more people collecting entitlements than working now. They have almost a majority of Latinos. I read an article this am about a city manger making over $400,000 per year in taxpayer paid retirement. The city she represented has a median income of about $37,000 per year. That’s fraud, plain and simple.

    In another city they had that entire city council, and Mayor, (all Latinos) that were making ridiculous amounts of money. Some made $800,000 and the taxpayers were mostly poor and Latino. They screwed their own people and nothing was found until the city went bankrupt.

    We now have an culture of “getting yours” in this country and I don’t think that will stop with the influx of immigrants and illegals. They are straining our social networks and eating up entitlements at a rate that is unsustainable.


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