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Guns Company Leaves Connecticut, Calls For Industry To ‘Abandon This State’

April 15, 2013 by  

Guns Company Leaves Connecticut, Calls For Industry To ‘Abandon This State’

PTR (Precision Target Rifle) Industries, makers of the PTR-91 series of rifles, released a statement on its website last week announcing its principled departure from its corporate home in Bristol, Conn.

You know why: Connecticut, site of the Nation’s latest media murder sensation, became an innovator in the recent liberal-State gun-grab disarmament race, passing a 2nd Amendment-abrogating bill on April 4 that creates the country’s first law enforcement registry of dangerous “gun” offenders.

The entire post is worth reading, but this excerpt stands as one of the best indictments of the State Legislature’s wrongheaded subservience to the utopian goal of public safety, and of the secretive and mendacious tactics it used to get the hurried bill before the governor:

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 CT.

The magnitude of the constitutional and economic importance of this bill is such that the disregard for public input (in the final version), and the haphazard production of the legislation should be insulting to any citizen or business in CT. It should be a shock to us all that such landmark legislation could be written in one week, and seen by no one (including the rank-and-file legislators) prior to its emergency certification. Having been present in the deliberations in both legislative chambers, it was clear that a majority of our legislators had not even read the bill — and those that had read it had only a cursory understanding.

The process with which this legislation proceeded, along with the language that resulted gives us no confidence that this will be the last violation of our rights in our beloved home state, and we only hope that this does not set a precedent at a national level.

The rights of the citizens of CT have been trampled upon. The safety of its children is at best questionably improved from the day of the tragedy that triggered the events that lead us here. Finally, due to an improperly drafted bill, manufacturing of modern sporting rifles in the State of CT has been effectively outlawed. With a heavy heart but a clear mind, we have been forced to decide that our business can no longer survive in Connecticut — the former Constitution state.

The company hasn’t selected its next home (certainly, it will have its pick of suitors), but it has secured agreements from “a majority” of employees, including gunsmiths, to relocate and continue working for PTR.

PTR is also asking other Connecticut-based firearms manufacturers to “abandon this state as its leaders have abandoned the proud heritage that forged our freedom.”

If those companies heed that call, it would mean Colt (a Connecticut original since 1847) as well as shotgun giant Mossberg (founded in New Haven since 1919) and Stag Arms (2003), which makes AR-15s that Connecticut residents no longer can buy, would all wave goodbye to a State whose history, as much as the Nation’s itself, has been bound since Colonial times to the manufacture and accessibility of firearms for residents, law enforcement and the military.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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