PTR MovesGun Manufacturing Operation From Connecticut To South Carolina


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.

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  • Sharpshooter

    Let’s be honest, jobs mean absolutely nothing to the dem’s. As long as they can control people, (the few that will be left), they are happy!

    • mathis1689

      You’re correct. It’s all about control to the DemoCommunist Party.

  • Al Chemist

    Good for PTR. They will be as welcome in SC as they would have been in Texas. Everyone concerned about the 2nd Amendment should consider their product line.

  • Wellarmed

    I find it sad that this has become a necessity, but to remain in a state that continues to attack your liberties is no different that paying for your own prosecution when you are indeed innocent.

    The lines are being drawn, and companies that remain in states that continue to defy the Bill of Rights should not be blessed with your hard earned dollars when there remains a plethora of manufacturers in free states that have already made the necessary sacrifices.

    Mossberg, Colt, Kimber, Remington, Weatherby, Ruger, Smith & Wesson and many others should be avoided the next time you consider a firearms purchase. They all make exceptional firearms, that I would be proud to carry on my person IF they were made by the labor of those who desired to remain free.

    Is it not time for them to put their money where there mouth is? Do they believe in the Bill of Rights or not? Or do their executives running their companies feel satisfied in their exemptions while their employees accept subjugation?

    I personally am not willing to let one red cent flow into any state that continues to abridge my rights as an American Citizen and I hope you do the same.

    PTR, MAGPUL, Beretta, Barrett (Will no longer service 50 BMG in CA Due to states unconstitutional ban), and many others are leading the way, and the states designation on the slide or receiver does make a difference when it comes to protecting your civil liberties.

    Vote with your dollars if you wish to remain free.

  • Chris

    Way to go PTR!

  • mike austin

    Why would they honor any contract to keep open and actually expand when they would be breaking the law? Dump the City/County and State and wave goodbye with the middle finger.