Connecticut gun maker leaving state over ‘hasty and uninformed’ laws

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michal Conger

Connecticut gun maker PTR Industries said Thursday that new gun control laws that trample on citizens’ rights will force the company to relocate.

“Along with other companies in the trade, we were deeply apprehensive at the hurried process to develop new gun laws and fearful that it would generate unintended consequences for our industry,” said John McNamara, vice president of sales.

“Upon reading the full text of Bill 1160, our worst fears were confirmed. What emerged was a bill fraught with ambiguous definitions, insufficient considerations for the trade, conflicting mandates, and disastrous consequences for the fundamental rights of the people of Connecticut.”

The new laws make its products illegal to sell in Connecticut, the company said. PTR has not decided where it will move but expects to make a decision in the next several weeks.

“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,” McNamara said.

Connecticut’s new gun laws include a ban on ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds; background checks for all weapon sales, including private sales at gun shows; and expanding the state’s current assault weapons ban. The law also establishes the nation’s first “dangerous weapon offender registry.”

PTR called on other gun makers to leave Connecticut as well.

“We feel that our industry as a whole will continue to be threatened so long as it remains in a state where its elected leaders have no regard for the rights of those who produce and manufacture its wealth,” McNamara said. “We are making a call to all involved in our industry to leave this state, close your doors and show our politicians the true consequences of their hasty and uninformed actions.”

Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Malloy, told Fox News the governor is committed to job creation, but additional gun restrictions were paramount following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that happened in his state.

“On this particular issue he’s been clear: We need to prioritize public safety and this bill will improve public safety,” he said.

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