The post-Newtown gun control movement may have met defeat in Congress, but state-level action in the North has compelled several companies to relocate to more firearms-friendly locations.
GSA Business reports that in fewer than four months – after multiple states, including Connecticut, enacted sweeping changes to their gun laws – three firearms industries have announced they are moving to South Carolina. Bristol-based PTR industries started the wave when it announced in June it would relocate to the state, which a company representative described as a location “friendly to the industry.” The company announced its exit from Connecticut less than a week after Gov. Dannel Malloy in April signed a historic gun control bill into law.
Last month, New York-based American Tactical Imports and Ohio’s Ithaca Gun Co. both announced they too would move to South Carolina. New York last winter passed a law that included expanded background checks, a strengthened assault weapons ban and a limit on magazine capacity.
Combined, the three companies are expected to pour $17.4 million into South Carolina’s economy and to create nearly 400 jobs.