One of the fallouts of many political policies is, often, a strangling of the economy, though, politicians who push those policies would like you to believe otherwise. That fallout is true even when the product or service isn’t something that a someone of the politician’s persuasion would tend to use, and we have another example of this reality coming from the gun industry.
That’s right, a major gun manufacturer is moving out of a state being overrun by anti-gun zealots to a state which leans more firearm friendly. Jack Phillips gives us the details:
Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson said that it has moved its headquarters from Massachusetts to Tennessee, citing recent gun-control legislation that has been proposed in Massachusetts.
“This has been an extremely difficult and emotional decision for us, but after an exhaustive and thorough analysis, for the continued health and strength of our iconic company, we feel that we have been left with no other alternative,” said CEO Mark Smith said in a statement.
Smith & Wesson then cited legislation circulating in the Massachusetts Legislature that would bar the firm from making certain guns in the state.
“These bills would prevent Smith & Wesson from manufacturing firearms that are legal in almost every state in America and that are safely used by tens of millions of law-abiding citizens every day exercising their Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights, protecting themselves and their families, and enjoying the shooting sports,” Smith’s statement continued.
The company’s move will bring about 750 jobs and is an investment of around $125 million, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said.
Let’s be frank, this is probably an unintended consequence of anti-gun efforts in Massachusetts. No sane politician wants to hurt the economy where they’re trying to get re-elected, but the fact that it’s an unintended consequence doesn’t change the fact that it’s real.
Just like gun control means more innocent people will die, gun control efforts hurt economies, too.
Personally, I feel that any Firearms Industry Manufacturer, that maintains offices or production in any State with Anti 2A agenda,, is nuts for staying put. Especially considering there are plenty of States that are Pro 2A, that would welcome them with open arms.
Commierado learned that lesson when they passed Magazine Capacity Limitations. MagPul warned former Governor “Lickhispooper” (Hickenlooper), they would leave Colorado if he signed the legislation. The Dipschitt signed it and MagPul was gone within 90 days.
It’s long past time for companies to deny tax revenue to States that don’t fully support the 2nd Amendment. Any business that’s related to the industry.
The NRA should have dumped New York decades ago.
they could move here to nebraska any time also
Well it is the day and age we find ourselves in. It’s funny to me because I used to be so anti-0gun when i was younger, naive, uninformed, and saw no reason for anyone to have a gun. Then as i have aged, I realize just how important it is to not touch the rights we have in this country, including the 2nd amendment. I don’t know if it’s because I have become conservative or a bit more wiser about any kind of change to the basic civil rights we have that no other nation has. In this day and age it makes sense to keep and bare arms, not so much for the criminal fringe out there to keep at bay but also to keep the government and the politicians at bay because all that stands between the obvious criminal element out there but also the criminals who try and legislate the 2nd amendment out of existence. It’s sad that a long time business has to pack up and move from their long standing home to a more friendly state environment where their iconic business will welcomed with open arms as well as some economic benefit, at the same time I know of a certain disdain and loss of votes some other politician will not be receiving.
“”GIVE ME LIFE , LIBERTY . OR GIVE ME DEATH”” !!! Don’t tred on ME ! We have a BILL of RIGHTS !!! NOT A BILL of FEELINGS ! OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DELIVERED UNTO US A CONSTITUTION FOR A VERY GOOD REASON !!!
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