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Fleeing hostile states: Gun makers will travel

Beretta USA last week became the latest gun manufacturer to announce that it was moving to a place where it is actually welcomed. The way things are going, all of the gun makers in America could be located in the South and West in a few years. For how long can New Hampshire hold on to its own gun manufacturing companies?

Beretta released a statement declaring that it was “very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory” in Maryland, which banned a long list of weapons after the Newtown shootings and has become increasingly hostile to the firearms industry. The company is moving to Tennessee.

It joins PTR Industries, which has moved from Connecticut to South Carolina, and Kahr Arms, which is going from New York to Pennsylvania. Magpul is leaving Colorado for Texas and Wyoming. Mossberg is staying in Connecticut but opening a new factory in Texas. And of course there is Newport-based Ruger, which opened a new plant in North Carolina, a right-to-work state.

As all of this has been going on, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster has suggested banning more weapons, possibly including handguns, specifically one made by Exeter-based Sig Sauer. If New Hampshire keeps electing politicians like this, it won’t be long before we lose our gun companies too.


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