Perry’s Texas Welcome For Connecticut Gunmakers

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Texas Governor Rick Perry might not have been able to name three federal agencies he’d close, but he has his sights attracting on at least that many Connecticut gun manufacturers and he used the NRA convention in Houston over the last four days to make his best pitch.

Along with his famous charm, Perry had 70,000 gun enthusiasts on hand to help make the case for firearms companies feeling unloved back home. One firm, PTR Industries of Bristol, already said it will exit Connecticut and it’s starting to look like others will head South or West.

The Republican governor and the Texas lieutenant governor both met with Mark Malkowski, owner of Stag Arms of New Britain, who was in Houston along with six other company managers and employees from Thursday through Sunday.

malkowski with perry

“There are some intense meetings going on between the owner of Stag Arms and Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas at the NRA show in Houston,” Stag posted on its Facebook page along with a picture of Perry and Malkowski.

As he traveled back home Sunday, Malkowski, 35, said he also briefly toured a couple of possible locations. He said he’s not yet ready to scout real estate — in fact, he hasn’t even decided whether to leave Connecticut, where he employs 200 people and his father also owns a machining firm in New Britain.

But the Lone Star welcome placed that pro-gun-rights state right at or near the top of the list he’d consider.

“It was refreshing,” Malkowski said. “The approach, the climate out there is very friendly — industry friendly and business friendly. It doesn’t even compare, their governor vs. ours when it comes to our industry.”

He added, “They’ve had an increase in arts and culture, we spoke about that, too.”
Now that’s hitting hard, at one of Connecticut’s competitive advantages. But momentous events bring sweeping changes, and we may be witnessing a deep erosion of the region’s 200-year history as the nation’s gunmaking capital.

Executives from PTR, O.F. Mossberg and Sons, of North Haven, and the Colt companies were also at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting and convention. It was unclear whether any had also met with Perry, but Texas has been among the most aggressive states in holding out carrots for disenchanted gunmakers. All of them make rifles that are now banned for sale in Connecticut — and in Stag’s case, its entire product line is now illegal to buy in its home state.

Perry and other Texas officials have also reached out to Ammunition Storage Components, which makes bullet magazines in New Britain. And on April 16, Perry Tweeted PTR Industries, a Bristol maker of European-style semiautomatic, military-style rifles, after PTR said it is definitely leaving Connecticut. “Hey PTR…Texas is still wide open for business!! Come on down!”

Breckenridge, Texas, has already attracted an Oregon company that makes Colt Competition rifles as a licensee of Colt’s – and the Breckenridge mayor said he wants more firms to look at his industrial park.

Malkowski said Perry’s office contacted him last week and requested a 20-minute meeting.

Stag Arms has had a presence at the NRA convention for seven years, and would have gone this time with its own booth, regardless of the flap over Connecticut’s new gun control law. It’s an important event for learning what customers want, said Malkowski, who added that Stag now has an 8-month backlog of orders.

This year, Stag was a bit of a celebrity company and Malkowski had a lot of back-slapping from visitors to the booth, many of them Texans.

“They were very welcoming and very encouraging to us to consider their state and it wasn’t politicians and economic development officials…it was regular people,” Malkowski said, “That felt really good.”

He added, “A lot of people from Connecticut were saying ‘We appreciate what you’ve done, we’d love to have you stay and keep doing it, and keep jobs in Connecticut.”

A decision to leave by Stag and Ammunition Storage Components could hit especially hard, since the two company owners are informally working together, and could relocate to the same place as a way of maintaining a cluster of firearms companies. Jonathan Scalise, the ASC owner and a friend of Malkowski’s, also owns a metal finishing business in New Britain, and the three companies together have more than 300 employees – most of them local residents.

Scalise said he’s compiling spreadsheets with details on every option from many states, including real estate costs, energy prices, taxes, labor rates and of course, state and local incentives. “We have 17 different offers now,” Scalise said recently. “We’re going back and forth with the economic development committees or departments of commerce.”

The CEO of Colt’s Manufacturing Co. and other executives at the historic West Hartford company have said the company must consider options. Even though a massive move by Colt Defense and Colt’s Manufacturing is considered unlikely, the two companies, which operate under agreements with each other, could expand elsewhere as the companies grow.

Even without the Connecticut gun control law, sparked by the Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown, states would battle fiercely for Connecticut factory work, just as Connecticut battles for advanced manufacturing, biotech, media firms and financial services. On Thursday, reported that PTR has Horry County, South Carolina on a list of six finalists for its relocation — in a story that said the company, with 50 employees in Bristol, will have 140 workers.

The Connecticut law allows manufacturing to continue as it has, but the manufacturers are concerned that if they remain in Connecticut, customers will boycott their products because of the state’s retail sales ban on military-style firearms. They are also not happy about comments Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has made since he signed the law on April 4, especially a CNN interview with Candy Crowley in which he said, “What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible, even if they’re deranged, even if they’re mentally ill, even if they have a criminal record. They don’t care.”

I reported on April 12 that Stag was working on modified versions of the AR-15 rifle that could get around the ban. Malkowski said Sunday that the company would submit designs to the state police firearms unit for approval as soon as this week. We declined to give details, but one clear option would be an AR-15-style rifle that shoots smaller-caliber, rimfire .22 rounds, which are still legal under the Connecticut law.

But for the last several days at least, Texas was the place to be for gun manufacturers. David Dewhurst, the Texas lieutenant governor, told Malkowski that 1,200 people a day move to Texas, by way of making the point that the state has a robust labor pool.

“They’re not really worried about losing their gun rights in Texas. It’s a different way of life,” Malkowski said.

And they don’t usually worry about winter weather, especially in May, but it snowed in Amarillo Friday, Malkowski noted. Just another Connecticut feature that the Lone Star state might claim as its own.

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130 thoughts on “Perry’s Texas Welcome For Connecticut Gunmakers

  1. walls

    Who can blame these companies for seeking greener pastures? Danny Boy and the dems won’t miss you … but they will miss your tax payments.

      1. neutralindian

        No, California is 49th above just Alabama. Texas is actually good. I should know. I have been involved nationwide in getting rid of religious indoctrination in textbooks and improving education quality.

        Texas kids keep winning Math competitions and are regular prize winners in Intel awards as well.

        What is more, the school textbooks in California indulge in biblical indoctrination. When a few of us (Hindus) opposed this, we ran into a major problem with hostile racist Democrats ganging up with not just some church members but also Communists and supporters of Muslim terrorists.

        As a result, California’s sixth grade textbooks teach as HISTORICAL FACT that a horse flew to Jerusalem with Mohammed riding it and it even has a year assigned to this event. They also have dates assigned to biblical miracles.

        The Texas Board members who were demonized in the media actually went out of their way to cooperate with us and make the Curriculum neutral.

        The other thing in Texas is that they kept the math standard high when we objected to some Democrat Party Commissioners watering them down.

        Why would you care? As a White “liberal” woman, you are probably too dumb to do math or science and your idea of being intelligent is just getting a degree in Gender Studies or some such frivolous subject and then claiming that “liberals” are more intelligent because they have college degrees.

        Most college degrees are just massive welfare schemes for White “liberals” in universities. Little wonder then that the universities have racist policies to keep out smart Asians. Also note that most of the grants from governments are cornered by White-skinned “liberals” who only give food stamps to blacks.

        No surprise there because Democrat Party is the party of KKK and all of them supported it only because Robert Byrd was a Klansman.

        1. jackbenimble

          The first part of your post was very interesting and on point. But then you veered of into an anti-white racist rant. But it is always good to see further evidence that there are racists in all racial groups so thanks for that. I do agree with you that Asians are the victims of liberal affirmative action schemes so I can understand the bitterness. I would point out that there are plenty of minorities in these watered down college programs like black studies and hispanic studies. I don’t care what people study but I think that they should pay for it themselves instead of tapping the taxpayer for these worthless degrees. As a group, don’t Asians vote overwhelmingly for liberals? Why?

      2. America Is Dying

        Joanie W. would rather have CT lose more jobs so she could pay higher taxes. But then again, maybe Joanie W works for the State of CT and/or is a Millionaire.

      3. Dick Johnson

        Joanie…I guess all those folks in Texas are stupid and dumb. Why in the world would they want job growth, lower taxes, budget surplus, low unemployment and an overall better economic outlook??

  2. Tony

    They would have went there anyways. No regulations, low wages. Surprised they didn’t go to China for gr$$ner pastures.

  3. Jeff

    I don’t live in CT anymore,but it’s sad to watch Malloy and his minions dismantle the state. When it resembles Detroit, his supporters should keep their mouths shut.

    1. Truth Teller

      We’re seeing one party rule destroy this state Jeff. The Democratic answer to all problems is to tax, spend, and borrow. We have a $1B+ structural deficit and the cowards in Hartford won’t offer up painful but necessary solutions to get this state back on track.

      Like someone else said, we’re the next Rhode Island. Hope everyone is enjoying our liberal utopia.

  4. Dan

    I wonder how Gov Malloy is dismantling the state of CT. How are his minions. The state legislature voted to enact new firearms legislation and polls show that a majority of CT citizens support the legislation. What is the problem. Are you opposed to majority-rule, Jeff?

    1. Karl

      Jeff, I wonder if it was put to a referendum vote by the people of Connecticut if it would have passed. Polls sometimes get the desired result not knowing the questions asked we will never know.

    2. Patriot

      I’m opposed to majority rule, Dan. Majority rule is gang rule. It was the basis for slavery and virtually every other oppressive law.

      The U.S. has a constitution, which can be changed through the proper procedures. Are you afraid of the rule of law and following the laws that are in place?

    3. Luke

      Dan, the majority can poll however they want but we do not live in a Democracy, we live in a Constitutional Republic. Our lawmakers need to abide by the rules of the state and federal constitution no matter what polls say about opinion.

      1. jackbenimble

        You are talking about California. Texas does pretty well. It has a lot of minorities which drag down its overall average. But when they were comparing it to Wisconsin during the Scott Walker recall controversy, it turned out that Texas whites did better than Wisconsin whites and that Texas blacks did better than Wisconsin blacks and that Texas Hispanics did better than Wisconsin Hispanics. It just has more of the people who generally don’t do so well in school so it ends up with a lower overall average. Gunsmiths tend to be highly skilled craftspersons and that takes intelligence. Their kids will do fine in Texas schools. And Texas has numerous great universities and a thriving economy that is attracting the most industrious people from other states so they should have no trouble finding a quality workforce.

  5. Truth Teller

    Dan Haar might not miss a chance to ding Rick Perry about his memory but no one seems to care that good manufacturing jobs will leave the state courtesy of the idiotic gun laws. Taxing, spending, and borrowing our way to oblivion- its the Connecticut way.

    1. Karl

      Dan Haar has presented the least biased article on all levels of this topic. Quite unusual for the Courant but not for him.

      1. walls

        Good one! Could also have:
        “Welcome to Texas: The Lone Star State”
        “Welcome to Connecticut: Liberalism’s Rising Star”

  6. p hofperson

    more posts from people who wouldn’t pass a mental background check. dan: thank you for some sanity in your words

    1. Pete's Nemesis

      I think the likes of Pete and Joanie W. are relieved to hear it’s harder for them to purchase a firearm in Connecticut. Some folks just know they shouldn’t be entrusted with fundamental Constitutional liberty.

      It’s a shame they have to blow so much smoke to try and distract from that basic fact.

  7. sc kimbershot

    It’s not about majority rule, it’s about constitutional rights. I to am no longer a CT resident. I got tired of the rat race of paying 500% more in property taxes, high car taxes, utilities etc. etc. The grass is greener on the other side and when the dust settles, CT will be just another blood sucking welfare state. Good luck to you.

  8. Paul

    emblematic of much deeper and bigger issues of commerce and jobs. The high tax northeast has been hemorrhaging jobs for well over 2 decades. Conn (outside Fairfield County with NYC finance influence) is decaying and dying with no end in sight.

    We must change the trajectory (like NJ is) or we will be like Rhode Island forever.

  9. nutmegger no more

    Yes, Connecticut’s penchant for big spending and big taxing has been leading to the continued exodus of business of all categories and with self-righteous thinking as that voiced by P. Hofperson the sane are also leaving. Gun manufacturers will only be the latest when divisive rhetoric rains down from the Governor and the legislature. Unfortunately, criminals will still find their way around the law.
    By the way,balancing a budget and promoting individual rights and corresponing responsibility and accountability are not radical insane thoughts, but apparently monochromatic liberal thought is the only view that the state tolerates.

  10. glennhamilton

    I saw his coming when I left Ct in 2006. Sold my home, got top dollar, and never looked back. Boy was this a good move.
    The bloodsuckers and left wingers in Ct are making it into one big Detroit.
    Good Luck!

  11. medicontheedge

    Why don’t you all ask the people of West, Texas how that whole “business, industry friendly” thing is working out.

      1. kate

        ha ha ha–remember how simsbury used to blow up all the time with ensign bickford–yeah, that was a hoot. and now they have luxury houses built on the powder forest. ha ha ha! gotta love ct! the facade is great, but the slime is still the same. . .

  12. Steven Cohen

    The only people who will be happy moving to Texas are the politicians and the company owners.

    Texas is good for Business but terrible for employees. They tout low cost of living and good weather…they fail to mention poor working conditions, due to lack of regulation and looking the other way on violations. If it makes a buck for the company it must be good for the people. High crime and high insurance rates.

    Texas has no income tax but they sneak taxes into everything else. Property taxes are at least twice CT rates and change every year (normally up), sales taxes are higher.

    They fail to tell you for 8 months of the year its difficult to do real outdoor activities because its hot, campfires are out of the question because its too dry. Want to hunt? be prepared to pony up a few grand to go hunt on a lease.

    There are good things about Texas if you own your own company. Just like the fertilizer plant that exploded…you don’t need to worry too much about liability just carry a minimum policy and declare bankruptcy when you have a major incident. Wages are cheap and with so many undocumented immigrants (you can’t call them illegals down there) labor is easy to come by. As are drugs. You have kids? The schools are some of the easiest in the nation, just expect that you will have to home school or private school if you want them to have a half way decent education. The grade levels are at least 1 year and maybe 2 behind Connecticut. Teen pregnancy is an epidemic and oh yea look at how Rick Perry loves women’s issues and rights.

    I’ve lived a lot of places and my least favorite was Texas. Connecticut has its problems and I would say we the voters have created them, so it would be up to us to stand up and fix it. Running away isn’t really the answer.

    1. you are clueless

      …and yet CT’s work force has decrease by 30K over the past year… and how many people do you know who regularly have camp fires i CT?

    2. vincent

      “Texas is good for Business but terrible for employees.”

      I got laid off in CT as part of a massive layoff of more than 5000 employees and found a job in Texas and moved. Not sure what you are talking of.

      CT facilitates fraud of Wall Street by having hedge funds of crooked one-percenters. BTW, I bet you love Jon Corzine the Democrat.

      1. Pete

        I have several family members who all tried their hand working in Texas.

        Long story short, they all moved back to CT. Texas is a dump.

          1. Pete

            Very funny.

            Those poor obese rednecks have more than their fair share of burger joints to choose from down there.

    3. Myself

      Funny…I moved to Texas a couple years ago, and I haven’t encountered any of those problems.

      I’ve seen them, sure. Mostly in unskilled labor jobs.
      There is so much more opportunity here than there was in CT.
      Summer’s not so bad. You just have to grow up and get used to it.

      And for anybody who cares about their rights, we’re much better off down here.

  13. Russell Newman

    Well just another big mistake that Malloy has made.Chasing away more business,punishing legal gun owners,wasting our tax dollars on things we don’t need and taxing us to death.Then they publicize all the big union pensions to us,to rub our noses in it.Moving out is the only option.

      1. you are clueless

        Yes we tax ourselves to death to pay for education and then our graduates all move to Texas and less lib states to find jobs.
        …and it looks like all the money that was spent attempting to educate you could only produce a non-thinking parrot.

      2. Myself

        But does much better than most states in every demographic.

        The difference is that TX has larger percentages of students in those, traditionally, lower performing demographics…That’s a culture issue, not a state education issue, and it’s found all over the country.

  14. Lynne

    I just love it when the weatherpeople talk about “..the ten best days of the year in CT.” Well, we just had a string of five of them in a row, which means we have only five left for the remainder of the year.

    The same can be said of the economic climate in Connecticut. Except our “ten best days” were used up a long, long, time ago.

    Can’t wait to leave!

  15. Pete

    Good riddance to these weapon peddlers. Get out and stay out. Let’s work towards bringing in other businesses that don’t create tools of mass murder.

      1. Pete

        Are weapons the only industry in America now? Is that all we need to focus on?

        Are more guns making us safer? Do you really believe the American populace in general is intelligent, responsible, and law-abiding enough to warrant all the murder weapons we have?

        There are 300 million+ guns in this country. How many more guns do we need to feel safe enough to keep from murdering each other to the tune of 30,000+ a year?

        400 million? 500 million? A billion?

        1. Kim

          Pete, your numbers defeat your own argument. With 300+ million guns and 30,000+ ‘murders’ (your numbers), it’s pretty clear that the American populace IS intelligent, responsible and law-abiding.

          I’ll take odds of .0001% any day.

          And let’s not forget (even though you wish we would) that there are at least 200,000 incidents a year where potential victims are saved from victimhood because of legal ownership of firearms.

          I’ll take THOSE numbers over your 30,000 any day as well.

          But true to liberal dogma, why let facts get in the way of a ridiculous argument

          1. Pete

            Show me any credible source you have for that “200,000” figure…

            If the populace was nonviolent and capable of owning so many weapons, we’d have far fewer than 30,000 gun deaths per year. You cannot ignore that number.

            A gun death rate of .001% is .001% too many for the United States of America.

            True to conservative dogma, you believe weapons can do good. They are designed to do one thing, and one thing only: KILL.

            Good people can do bad things at any time due to extenuating circumstances. Hand those people an extremely powerful and deadly weapon, and those bad things turn into horrific things.

          2. Kim

            Pete: I don’t need to stand on the 200k number to make my point about your numbers defeating your own argument.

            With 300+ million guns and 30,000+ ‘murders’ (your numbers), it’s pretty clear that the American populace IS intelligent, responsible and law-abiding. Why don’t you address this?

          3. Kim

            Pete: “They are designed to do one thing, and one thing only: KILL”.

            When used by responsbile, law-abiding gun owners, they are used to DISCOURAGE criminals. They are only used to kill as a last resort by those who are responsible and law-abiding.

            YOu’re on the losing end of this argument, using your own ‘facts and figures’. 30,000 deaths for 300 million guns is incredibly responsible behavior on the part of those who own the 300 million guns. Worse odds come with the medical profession, cars, hammers, etc. You can pretend otherwise but it won’t fly. It’s that simple

          4. betrayed democrat

            the facts don’t support you, Pete. True to your liberal dogma you want to change rules and laws based on yor ‘what if’ scenarios guinded by your feelings, instead of guided by the facts.

            To put a nail in the coffin for you, the constitution guarntees citizens the right to self defense and defense against an overbearing government. If you don’t like it, follow the laws and change the constitution. No one is interested in your feelings or ‘what if’ scenarios.

        2. you are clueless

          Hard for me to generalize about the entire US population, but based upon the congresswoman you keep re-electing in your district, I would say NO the people in your area do not appear to be intelligent and responsible.

          1. Pete

            I feel like everyone areound me is taking crazy pills! How can you all be so blind?

            You love the power guns seem to give you. Guns allow you to be a taker of life. They let you make the decision. You hold the cards. I understand the will and the desire to hold on to that power.

            You call ME GOLLUM? You’re the ones resisting to let go! Resisting to let go of your precious weapons! Those weapons you have been brainwashed into believing protect you!

            I’m not promoting the abolishment of the 2nd amendment. You have the right to own as many guns as you want. That is the law in the USA, and that is how I believe it should stay.

            I simply loathe guns and the horrors they can produce. That is it. I want to convince rational Americans that guns do far more harm than good.

            If you refuse to cite your sources, you refuse to back up your arguments, YOU have already lost the discussion.

            Any sensible opinion must be backed up with factual evidence. So far, all you have on your side is emotion.

            At least I’ve brought some numbers to the table. All you’ve brought is hyperbole, rhetoric, and insensitivity.

          2. Patriot

            “You love the power guns seem to give you.”
            —pure supposition on your part

            “Guns allow you to be a taker of life.”
            —guns allow me to be the protector of my life and the lives of my family. If they can also help an innocent victim, so be it.

            “Those weapons you have been brainwashed into believing protect you!”
            —More pure supposition on your part. And for the record, the guns don’t DO anything. Owning them and knowing how to use them responsibly helps me to protect myself and my loved ones. This is my constitutional right and my right as a human being. It would appear that YOU have been brainwashed into believing you are safe and secure in your home and neighborhood. Statistics prove you wrong.

            “I’m not promoting the abolishment of the 2nd amendment. You have the right to own as many guns as you want. That is the law in the USA, and that is how I believe it should stay.”
            —Perhaps not, but you want to prevent their manufacture if you can, given your statement above about only allowing businesses that “don’t create tools of mass murder.”

            “If you refuse to cite your sources, you refuse to back up your arguments, YOU have already lost the discussion.”
            —I cited YOU as my source and decided to drop the 200,000 incidents per year from the conversation. Let’s just stick with your words and numbers for the time being shall we? I chose to drop that part of the discussion because A)you wouldn’t believe it regardless of the source (which is the FBI by the way) and B)I have provided a link to these sources on other occassions – it amounted to A). I’ve lost nothing at this point, but keep trying.

            “Any sensible opinion must be backed up with factual evidence. So far, all you have on your side is emotion.”
            —rather an odd statement given you posts full of emotions and without fact or merit (see all of the above including your preposterous numbers and pretending they indicate a LACK of responsibility on the part of gun owners.

            “At least I’ve brought some numbers to the table. All you’ve brought is hyperbole, rhetoric, and insensitivity.”
            —which ‘facts’ would those be? Certainly not that 30,000 ‘murders’ equals irresponsible behavior on the part of responsible gun owners. Your own numbers prove you wrong. So again, which facts have you provided? All I see is emotion as in “I simply loathe guns and the horrors they can produce”

            Checkmate, dude

    1. Patriot

      Personally, Pete, I’d rather YOU leave than have businesses leave CT. We need more freedom-minded people in this state, not less. We need more patriotic people who believe in what our founding fathers created, instead of those who, based on feelings alone, think they know better than those who fought and died so you could whine about our constitution and tremble in fear if the government doesn’t make your life safe for you.

      You refuse to acknowlege the costs to our freedom that results when you ask government to hold your bottle and nipple-feed you, and protect you from the evils of the world.

      So good riddance to the takers, the whimps, the cry babies who won’t take responsbility for themselves. Make your own choices and live with them, but don’t try to make mine for me please

      1. Pete




        You are no patriot.

        You are an idiot.

        1. Pete's Nemesis

          Actually, no, Pete Allcaps. The lovers of the more than 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade are the real true Americans.

          Because they live by the fantasy that there couldn’t have been 26 fetuses among the murdered unborn who might have grown to be equal to the innocents murdered at Newtown.

          No sirreee, not among the many who were aborted because they didn’t match the new drapes, or whose term would have been inconvenient to the cruise that had been planned for so long.

          Those are the true genius Americans.

          They don’t need guns to do their killing.

  16. G. Wang

    The gun industry is like blood diamond, it makes a lot of blood-stained money for a few people– the CEOs, the NRA, but at least Malloy has the guts to say and do the right thing- unlike our spinless congress and senate. It is nice to know the undesirable type of business and people are leaving CT, don’t expect teary eyes and yellow ribbons.

      1. Tao

        G. Wang, so I supposed you’d rather be in dr Petit’s shoes, when someone invades your home, rapes and kills your loved ones you’re perfectly fine with having a baseball bat to defend them or waiting 10-15 minutes for police to show up? you’re just another clueless sheep…

        1. Pete

          Keep holding on to your weapons like a child holding onto his security blanket.

          Too bad your blankie is more likely to kill you or someone innocent than to murder some poor schmuck trying to steal a clock radio to keep from starving.

          1. Kim

            looks like gollum is now disguising himself as pete, all the while attacking others for not using their real names. Possibly the wang as well.

            My precioussssss!

          2. Patriot

            Pete, you ‘security blanket’ seems to be the government. Good for you – how independent and self sufficient of you. No wonder America is losing it’s position in the world – too many like you and the Obamanation that leads you.

          3. kate

            blankies, hammers, knives kill more than guns, bud. your obsession seems dangerous. good thing mental health is now a prime focus for the state of ct.

  17. DOGMA

    The state legislature (both Republican and Democrats) voted in a manner (most in keeping) with the expressed will of the vast majority of residents. It was a relatively mild response where a small minority of others would have much preferred no response. If the “progressive” state of Texas is calling, then by all means join them in good haste (if they encourage a mentality that is best suited to your own). I am quite content living in Connecticut and (even more so) without the undue influence of the NRA and their rabid trigger-happy followers. Their leaving might be a gain for Texas and add another reason (still) to avoid the intellectual vacuum that is Texas.

      1. Pete

        “Dogma” is not clueless, he is entirely correct. “Tao”, You have brainwashed into believing guns make you safer by the rampant screaming & victim-blaming NRA and gun industry.

        Keep stockpiling those guns. Maybe they’ll save you one day. But they’re far more likely to kill you or someone you love.

        1. Kim

          Pete, thanks for allowing others to make their own choices. That is what you’re doing right, by telling others to ‘keep stockpiling those guns’?

          That is at it should be. But I’m guessing you (aka gollum) are really trying to bully others into following your rules.

          Honest, law-abiding gun owners are not the brainwashed ones, pete. We have facts on our side

          1. Pete

            The more nutjobs like you who stockpile their guns, the more likely you are to be a victim of your own greed and fear.

            Let the conservatives keep their guns. Maybe they’ll all accidentally “protect” themselves and run their own party into the ground.

            I can only hope.

          2. Patriot

            if you believe what you just said Pete, then why the push to disarm the responsible gun owners. After all, we’re just going to kill ourselves off, right?

            But then you’re a liberal – you say anything to make your position seem tenable and credible. it’s not working, though. At least, not here.

            Fear? sounds like you’re the fearful one here, pete. You attack the NRA for supposed ‘fear mongering’ yet here you are using ‘fear mongering’ to support your ridiculous position. Just another example of liberal dogma – ‘my arguments only work when I use them, not when anyone else uses them’.

            If you were half as smart as you think you are, you’d rather see honest, law-abiding, gun-owning citizens hiding behind every bush rather than the wolves. But then……

  18. you are clueless

    Rest assured they will respond to the call and put added pressure on you intellectuals who can’t seem to figure out how to balance a budget despite being one of the most highly taxed sates in the nation.

  19. John Steel

    I am sure Texas will offer huge financial incentives to lure a handful of relatively mediocre paying jobs. That strategy is part of why Texas is an economic mess – fueling its growth with debt. I feel sorry for employees whose choice will be to move to Texas – home of more morons per square mile than anywhere else in the nation. Enjoy the lousy public education system, the insanely hot weather, the often dust bowl conditions, the endless strip malls, a place where a football stadium is considered a cultural attraction and they have both kinds of music – country and western. Don’t forget to brush up on your Spanish – it will soon be the primary language in the state.

    1. you are clueless

      You don’t visit CT cities much do you John,
      Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New Britain?

      1. Be careful what you wish for

        Throw in Norwich, New London, Waterbury, and the like. All fast becoming urban wastelands in the image of Detroit. The great liberal society is nearly upon us.

    2. Kim

      John Steel: I’d live in a dump if it meant I was free. If you prefer slavery and government control over your pathetic life, that’s your choice

    1. Tania

      Let’s have all alcohol sellers leave too because they contribute to DUI related deaths.

      1. kate

        joanie is missing the sarcasm gene. might as well kill insurance, as they facilitate risk. major industries gone, service industries go, too. when all is said and done, what is left? gov’t and casinos?

  20. Jack Frost

    It can’t be denied that everything is cheaper in Texas. The taxes, home prices and heating costs are pluses but the quality of wages, education, morals and human life are also cheaper than anywhere else. Human life is in fact very cheap, there have been over 300 exestuations in Texas since 2000. And of the 1200 people a day that move into the state most are low income wage earners looking to fill the jobs now being vacated by illegal immigrant workers mercilessly being driven out of jobs they held for decades.

    1. Be careful what you wish for

      exestuations? Jack Frost must be a product of public skools.

      Keep telling yourself that Connecticut is open for business. Look us up when we declare bankruptcy over failed liberal policy.

    2. walls

      WHOA there Jack!
      1. Murderers, rapists, and the like should be executed. I applaud TX for strong laws that hold criminals accountable, and hold costs down for the taxpaying public.
      2. Illegal aliens are criminals who have committed a felony, get it? They should be driven out of jobs – mercilessly or mercifully – whatever.

    3. Jack Frost

      WOW! You folks destroyed my point with your keen observations of an inadvertent word. Auto fill got the best of me, so enjoy your laugh. I do feel totally humiliated by your supremacy. I do wish I was taught how to type with my thumbs when I was in school though, it would certainly have helped today. By the way, exestuations means: boiling up; effervescence, so I am sure that happened 300 times in Texas since 2000 as well. Thanks for showing that all that matters to you right wing loons is GOTCHA politics with the Sarah Palin smirk. ;-).

      1. Be careful what you wish for

        Actually there were folks who were reacting to your points as well as your spelling. Did you not pass reading comprehension either in school Jack?

      2. Patriot

        you’re wrong jack. ‘Exestuations’ is not a word. ‘Exestuation’ is however. And it certainly doesn’t work in the sentence you used unless you want us to believe you were referring to 300 boilings up.

        Your humiliation allows you some leeway on this issue, however. Rare to see a liberal make an admission of this sort. There’s hope for you

        And walls was absolutely right for calling you out on your position on illegal immigrants. You prefer to coddle illegal immigrants while trying to deny real citizens their rights under the constitution. You, sir, are one of the reasons this country is going down the tubes – lack of education as to the history of this country and it’s constitution, and preference for illegal aliens instead of U.S. citizens – very strong liberal traits.

        1. Learn to spell

          Ding-a-ling-Ding-a-ling-Ding-a-ling * School is now in session!
          Listen-up children, Jack is correct in his usage of “exestuations”. In the plural sense of the word “exestuation”, the noun is pluralized by simply adding an “s” at the end of the word.
          Robert Boyle used it as such in his “Kinetic Theory of Gases”: A boiling: ebullition: agitation caused by heat: effervescence. “Saltpeter is no operation a cold body; physicians and chemists give it in fevers, to allay the inward exestuations of the blood and humors.”

          The plural form of most nouns is created simply by adding the letter s.

          • more than one snake = snakes
          • more than one ski = skis
          • more than one Butthead = Buttheads

          Now words that end in -ch, x, s or s-like sounds, however, will require an -es for the plural:
          So if you want more than one Texas, which some here seem to be saying, you would refer to those places as the Texases! And the inhabitants of those godforsaken places Tex-ases.

          Ding-a-ling-Ding-a-ling-Ding-a-ling * School is now in out of session! Now Patriot go play nicely in the sandbox.

          1. Betrayed Democrat

            a spelling lesson from gollum billy? Rich!
            S-I-L-A-N-C-E! Your word, gollum

      3. Be careful what you wish for

        PS. Talk about human life being cheap: over 50 MILLION babies have been aborted in the last 40 years but liberals feel that a woman’s right to choose trumps a baby’s right to live. But of course Jack wants to shed a tear over 300 poor violent felons in Texas. Well done Jack.

  21. Jim

    Yet another excellent, unbiased article by Dan Haar. Probobly one of the few unbiased reporters in Connecticut. Connecticut gun manufacturers were woven into the fabric of the state’s history. Like it or not, companies like Colt have shaped America and have bolstered Connecticut’s economy through tough times and robust times. The loss of business in the state is never good as it results in job loss for Connecticut citizens and loss of tax revenue that will have to be made up in other places. I, for one, will be sorry to see these companies leave. I have known many of their employees over my life and they are hard working, upstanding citizens making excellent products in the state. As the political climate goes, gun manufacturers have been demonized unfairly as the crimes committed by madmen have besmirched their reputation as excellent corporate citizens of the state. With Connecticut’s business unfriendly reputation and the state government’s penchant for out of control spending, we will all be feeling the pinch of increased taxes to slake the thirst of our spend-happy governor when a $1.7 Billion tax vaccuum opens up when the gun manufacturers leave (the $1.7 Billion is a combination of income taxes paid by the manufacturers, property taxes paid by the manufacturers and their employees, also income taxes paid by the employees).

  22. America Is Dying

    Joanie W. says:

    May 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Texas is 49th in Education..Best of Luck

    Joanie W. is 1st in a Moron..Best of Luck

  23. JM

    Dan – thought you did a good job with this article. In the past, you’ve been biased, IMHO, but maybe you are coming around.
    1 question/comment I have – I’ve read/heard that the CT gun industry employs about 2,000 people and contributes around $100 million in taxes to the state. Not sure how accurate those numbers are. What we don’t hear is the spin-off jobs that the industry creates. Whenever the governor doles out tax money to lure so and so coporation, he loves to tout the spin off effect the additional jobs will have on the local economy – think restaurants, dry cleaners, etc. And sure, it does.

    I have a friend who works for one of the gun makers that is considering moving, who mentioned to me all of the suppliers that would be hurt if his company were to leave the state. Perhaps a follow up article on this would be in order?

  24. joe

    Once again Connecticut is making another mistake when it comes to economic recovery. The signing of State Bill 1160 into law, unconstitutional to both to the Connecticut state constitution and the United States Constitution, Connecticut will possibly eliminate @ 8000 jobs in the fire arms industry. Those 8000 people, if they spend 10 dollars a day, for a full year results in a reduction of over 1.8 million dollars per tear that could go into the state coffers just from that. Never mind the loss of revenue to the supermarkets, stores, auto shop, auto dealerships, etc. The state then has to possibly provide some sort of state assistance because these were good high paying jobs that are no longer around. Governors of other states are calling on these manufacturers and asking them to come to their states. They are basically asking them, “leave Connecticut and come here and we will take care of you in setting up shop”. As of 04/29/13 Connecticut is #36 out of 50 in terms of state unemployment rates. Wake up Governor Malloy, jobs are going to leaving Connecticut, because of this unconstitutional bill that was signed. Malloy does not care for his constituents, even though he is supposed to work for us and listen to us, he is busy in DC hob knobbing with the elite at the White House Correspondents Dinner that someone else paid for. Due to public outcry he re-paid it. What, did he think he was going to get away with it. Hmm interesting folks, very interesting. Signs one of the most restrictive gun laws and then goes to DC for a party with the elite. IMHO trying to get into the DC scene. Wake up everyone, wake up.

  25. PresterJohn

    I listened to Kick-the-Can-Dan and his puppet Ben on the radio this morning…unbelievable is the only way to describe it. He has been dancing an Irish jig on the graves of the Newtown dead and the gun issue seems to be an agenda that, like many of his other initiatives, leads nowhere but to higher “fees” and more restricitons. I have no ax to grind with guns but Malloy has driven me into the gun-nut space! He is as phoney as the day is long and is as bad a politician as John Rowland.

        1. Be careful what you wish for

          I believe “Joanie” is the former Trollright. His one line zingers have a familiar tone.

          1. Kim

            I tend to agree with you ‘be careful’. Could also be the (thankfully) long gone medicovertheedge who is rearing his useless head once again.

            All smack of gollum billy

  26. Bill

    Everyone and every company should consider leaving this state. Over taxed and under appreciated. More coruption goes on in the state and towns then anywhere else. Where
    isall the lottery money going was supposed to be for education but, goes to the general instead.. Come on people…

  27. DR

    These manufacturers would be crazy not to go – regardless of the gun law.

    Benefits of Texas:

    – lower corporate taxes
    – ZERO personal income tax (an over 5%/year savings)
    – much lower costs of living
    – much lower energy costs
    – easier regulatory climate
    – better infrastructure
    – large and dynamic cities
    – a growing workforce
    – business friendly Governor and legislature

  28. joe

    This sums it up. thanks Petes Nemisis

    McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), is a landmark[1] decision of the Supreme Court of the United States that determined whether the Second Amendment applies to the individual states. The Court held that the right of an individual to “keep and bear arms” protected by the Second Amendment is incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and applies to the states. The decision cleared up the uncertainty left in the wake of District of Columbia v. Heller as to the scope of gun rights in regard to the states.

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