They didn’t move to Texas, as Governor Rick Perry had hoped – but they are getting the hell out of Connecticut.
PTR (Precision Target Rifle) Industries, which announced in April it would relocate its operations outside its home State after the Connecticut Legislature approved a sweeping gun control package, announced Wednesday it plans to move its entire operation to an expanded location in Aynor, South Carolina.
Based in Bristol, PTR manufactures the PTR-91 series of rifles, products which are now illegal to purchase in the very State where they’re made. “One hundred percent of our product line is now illegal in Connecticut due to that law,” said PTR Sales Vice President John McNamara.
PTR employs more than 40 workers, and had already worked to secure agreements with most of them, including gunsmiths, to relocate with the company. Less than two weeks after Connecticut’s gun laws were passed, the manufacturer put out a public call for others in the firearms industry to join it in “abandoning” states where leaders refuse to hew to the Bill of Rights.
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.
According to the Hartford Courant, PTR will maintain an investment of $8 million and expand to 145 employees in order to meet the terms of a lease agreement with Horry County, S.C. The agreement also specifies employees’ average wages must surpass $19.39 per hour. PTR CEO Josh Fiorini said the company already pays an average wage of $22 per hour.