Yet another gun manufacturer looking at leaving Connecticut

posted at 4:01 pm on May 26, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Connecticut is the seventh-largest producer of firearms in the country, with gun manufacturers currently accounting for just under 3,000 direct jobs as well as the thousands of jobs supported through related industries — but thanks to the state’s recent outlawing of ‘high-capacity magazines’ and an ‘assault weapons’-ban expansion, that might be set to change. Last month, we already learned of PTR Industries’ announcement of their pending relocation from Connecticut after the state banned many of their products, and the NYT reported this week that they’re not the only ones:

In a state desperate to maintain and revive its industrial base, Mark Malkowski thinks he should be getting gold stars.

He started a manufacturing company at age 25, and in 10 years built it into an industry leader, with 200 employees, that sells 6,000 of its products every month at roughly $1,000 each. The company, Stag Arms, is currently almost a year behind in fulfilling orders. …

The bitter battle over new gun laws in Connecticut has passed. But two months later, gunmakers like Mr. Malkowski are still weighing their options, including moving from a state long thought of as a cradle of the American gun industry. Meanwhile, supporters of the legislation are balancing their desire to limit guns with the jobs and taxes that the gun industry provides in a country where 300 million guns are in circulation and 5 million are manufactured each year.

One of the most galling parts about the whole thing, of course, is that the state seems to want to be able to both have their cake and eat it, too: The new gun-control laws did not restrict gun manufacturing in Connecticut, but merely the ability of those businesses to sell and distribute what they manufacture in the state — but they sure would like for those jobs to stick around!

The disparities can look awkward. Connecticut lawmakers have been pushing to create a national park at the historic former site of the Colt’s firearms plant in Hartford — while pushing for sweeping gun legislation. And many gun opponents say they hope the gun manufacturers remain in Connecticut even if the products they produce are banned there.

Ron Pinciaro, executive director of an anti-gun group, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said he would not want to see Connecticut employees hurt because of the vote.

“I wish they would stay here,” he said, “and I don’t really see that as being contradictory.” …

“I think companies will continue to leave Connecticut both because it’s a terrible place to be a manufacturer and because of the political environment,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the shooting sports foundation. “It’s completely hypocritical to say you can stay and make your products, but they’re so dangerous your employees can’t buy them.”

No kidding. The firearms industry, of course, is hardly a special case — if Connecticut and other such states want to keep introducing more onerous regulations and taxes that keep making it tougher for businesses to feel economically secure and stay competitive, then they better be ready to pay the price.


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All of the progressive states are using the California business model.

Rode Werk on May 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I’m sure all the Dumb-ocrats think there will 1000s of green jobs to replace the lost jobs since Solyndra worked out so well.

gsherin on May 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Yet more proof that liberalism is a mental disorder. I own a Stag Arms rifle by the way, and it is one of my favorite toys. Fit and finish is excellent.

MikeA on May 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Open arms in Tennessee! Come on down!

skeedro on May 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Wonder how many folks are boycotting the manufacturers who remain in anti-gun states?

Sandybourne on May 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Maybe they’ll come to Nebraska? (crosses fingers)

MelonCollie on May 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

The disparities can look awkward. Connecticut lawmakers have been pushing to create a national park at the historic former site of the Colt’s firearms plant in Hartford — while pushing for sweeping gun legislation. And many gun opponents say they hope the gun manufacturers remain in Connecticut even if the products they produce are banned there.

Ron Pinciaro, executive director of an anti-gun group, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said he would not want to see Connecticut employees hurt because of the vote.

I wish they would stay here,” he said, “and I don’t really see that as being contradictory.” …

Translation;

We hate you, but we love your money.

One of the hallmarks of progressive “thought” is the ability to hold two diametrically-opposed and directly contradictory positions simultaneously, and insist that they are not only not contradictory, but that both of them are absolutely true, as well as being morally superior to anyone else’s opinions on either subject.

It is often encountered when progressives are busy trying to abolish an object or business they loathe (automobiles, tobacco, guns), while still trying to figure out some way to keep making money (tax revenue) off it. This is a classic example.

In the real world, someone with this “split” worldview would be defined (clinically) as suffering from a schizoid disorder. In progressive circles, it is defined as a higher plane of “enlightenment”.

What that means in concrete terms I leave as an exercise for the reader.

P.S. to all CT gunmakers; Come to Ohio. We’re some of your steadiest customers,with a proportionately low violent crime rate except for our “enlightened” blue areas (Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland)- but you can stay out of those, as we Buckeyes generally do.

Here in the more rational parts of the state, we’d love to have you as neighbors.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Open arms in Tennessee! Come on down!
skeedro on May 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I imagine that many conservative mayors in gun friendly states are making that very phone call today.

txhsmom on May 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

We’d be happy to have them here in Texas.

trigon on May 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Come to Texas, you know you want to.

Rebar on May 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Sad but likely future headline (at the rate things are going):

Yet another gun manufacturer looking at leaving Connecticut United States

ShainS on May 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

One of the hallmarks of progressive “thought” is the ability to hold two diametrically-opposed and directly contradictory positions simultaneously, and insist that they are not only not contradictory, but that both of them are absolutely true, as well as being morally superior to anyone else’s opinions on either subject.

Been saying that for years and why i think that Liberalism/leftism/communism/fascism/progressivism are truly mental diseases. I am sure that in a 100 years people will look aback and wonder how it was NOT classified as a mental disease.

jukin3 on May 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Come to Tennessee!!! No state income tax and we love, Love, LOVE our guns!!!!

ladyingray on May 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM


“I wish they would stay here,” he said, “and I don’t really see that as being contradictory.”

No, really. How stupid do you have to be in order to say that with a straight face?

RadClown on May 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Texas: God, guns, football.

What else do you need?

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Texas: God, guns, football.

What else do you need?

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Umm…for it not to be 105° in the shade all summer?

/kidding!

JimLennon on May 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Texas://football.//

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

You said Football so obviously you meant ALABAMA….

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

if Connecticut and other such states want to keep introducing more onerous regulations and taxes that keep making it tougher for businesses to feel economically secure and stay competitive, then they better be ready to pay the price.

At this rate – the state of Texas will have 90 million residents. We need to push all the Texas medicaid/welfare takers to California.

This is a step in the right direction:

Texas State Legislature approves drug tests for unemployment benefits

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/26/texas-state-legislature-approves-drug-tests-for-unemployment-benefits/#ixzz2UQx9ycAE

redguy on May 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

“I wish they would stay here,” he said, “and I don’t really see that as being contradictory.” …

Of course not. In the plastic world you relativists have created, there are no contradictions.

Cleombrotus on May 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM

and we love, Love, LOVE our first-cousinsguns!!!!

FIFY

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM

eon on May 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Should have read the thread before posting.

Cleombrotus on May 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM

What will Connecticut ban next? Don’t open a business their to find out.

FloatingRock on May 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

their = there…

FloatingRock on May 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

come to NC …
good roads…. Rail Roads … water access…. all easy to ship your product….
low taxes … good workers … love your product ….

conservative tarheel on May 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

“God made men, Sam Colt made them equal.” Between Sam Colt and Eli Whitney and a few others Connecticut helped America achieve its destiny, and helped America make the world a better place.

At some point after WWII, Connecticut lost its way.

Limpet6 on May 26, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Get out before the arrests start or they try to confiscate the business. CA is already talking about an exit/wealth tax.

pat on May 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

pat on May 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

To be fair that was a Ballot Initiative and I believe it failed, rather miserably…

Let’s be honest Ah-nuld, Harvey Weinstein, Ellison and Bab-ruh Streisand will NEVER stand for a “Wealth Tax” in Cali.

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

My Ruger is stamped Prescott AZ, USA.

wolly4321 on May 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

You said Football so obviously you meant ALABAMA….

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Hmmm, no. Alabama has one football factory school. Texas has several schools that excel at football. And as a bonus, our cheerleaders have all their teeth.

And when we say “boy” we are always talking about a small male child.

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Stag Arms, Come on down to Texas. You’ll love it.

Born and raised in the nutmeg state, We left in ’77 thanks to
Jimma Carters economy and never looked back. Thank you Jimma.

Texyank on May 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Ron Pinciaro, executive director of an anti-gun group, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said he would not want to see Connecticut employees hurt because of the vote.

“I wish they would stay here,” he said, “and I don’t really see that as being contradictory.” …

Others have pointed out the liberal trait of holding two diametrically opposed views simultaneously: e.g.:
1) The example cited above
2) The position: guns are bad, private citizens should be banned from possessing them and should only rely on armed police for protection while at the same time protesting police brutality and excessive use of force showing that the police are not to be trusted
3) … other examples abound

Kind of explains why liberals are so supportive of the radical muslims, they both have that same trait of holding two diametrically opposed views simultaneously. It won’t be long before the liberal speech codes on campus have the same degree of silliness as the muslim, “We are a religion of peace and if you disagree with that, we will cut your head off”

AZfederalist on May 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

You said Football so obviously you meant ALABAMA….

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Oh, and I should mention that one of those Texas schools did beat your Alabama factory in 2012.

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Limpet6 on May 26, 2013 at 4:57 PM

They sure did !!

Texyank on May 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Come on down to Fl..we are ready for you if Colt backs out.
http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2013/5/23/gun_company_s_move_t.html

bazil9 on May 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Oh, and I should mention that one of those Texas schools did beat your Alabama factory in 2012.

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

1) Please note the “KY” in the title…it’s not MY Factory
2) Please note that A&M won ONE game against ‘Bama…and who played in the BCS Championship Game, for the third or fourth time? I guess it will the fourth time this year.

My home state has NO football to speak of, yet….

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

1) Please note the “KY” in the title…it’s not MY Factory
2) Please note that A&M won ONE game against ‘Bama…and who played in the BCS Championship Game, for the third or fourth time? I guess it will the fourth time this year.

My home state has NO football to speak of, yet….

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

So you were homering for another state’s college team. Got it.

And for the record, JFKY might have been an endorsement for a female lubricant. But that also goes with the Alabama meme, so there’s that.

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:16 PM

2) Please note that A&M won ONE game against ‘Bama…and who played in the BCS Championship Game, for the third or fourth time? I guess it will the fourth time this year.

My home state has NO football to speak of, yet….

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Oh, and we’ll see how it works when the voting isn’t skewed by the media and teams actually have to earn a spot in a college playoff.

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Malloy’s a f*cking idiot who won the election with the “mystery” Bridgeport vote.

We have two of the dumbest Senators on the planet in Murphy & Blumenthal. All Reps are D’s. The state House & Senate are D controlled. Any GOP in state – only RINOs need apply. One of the highest tax burdens in the country, and they just don’t get it – whistling past the graveyard.

Yeah, I’ll be outta here soon. There’s no hope.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Come on out here to Californ………..oh, wait….

BallisticBob on May 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Don’t be bitter, now…at least one Texas school has finally joined a REAL Sports Conference, the SEC.

So it IS true, that football will now travel to Texas, so you guyz can see what REAL college football looks like…

I WILL wish you all all the luck in the world when A&M plays Steve Spurrier and the Game Cocks. Eventually, they’ll have to come there or A&M will go to Columbia.

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Don’t be bitter, now…at least one Texas school has finally joined a REAL Professional Sports Conference, the SEC.

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

FTFY

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

If you live in the NE,, run. Get out while you can.

wolly4321 on May 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

TEXAS welcomes ALL the gun makers. Bring em on over.

But leave all the IDIOTS who voted for the gun banners, who most likely in part, work for the gun makers, in Connecticut as well as their politics of big government.

The rest of you, we welcome you to TX.

TX-96 on May 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Well how it will work is that Florida/LSU/South Carolina will play Nick Saban in the Final game…occasionally some other school will wander into the mix, to be destroyed by an SEC team…to wit Tressel and OSU…twice I believe, and then Notre Dame this year…though I really thought Notre Dame would give a much better account of itself than it did.

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

If you live in the NE,, and are a freedom loving conservative, run. Get out while you can.

wolly4321 on May 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Much better.

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Don’t be bitter, now…at least one Texas school has finally joined a REAL Professional Sports Conference, the SEC.

FTFY

OK now…a man/woman talking about PROFESSIONAL football, considering SMU is pushing fate a bit don’t you think?

Anyway, most of our players, in the SEC, drive very modest cars…and it appears that Nick Saban’s have all been fortunate in summer jobs, and that’s why they can afford the ones they have…it’s our story and we are sticking to it.

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

If you live in the NE,, and are a freedom loving conservative, run. Get out while you can.

wolly4321 on May 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Much better.

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Move to purple/schizo Fl..help turn us red again.
Even better.
Then sell your NE lib families here your homes. Tell’m to go the eff back home. Take Grayson and Deb with ya.
Even BETTER.

bazil9 on May 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Football -all I gotta say is FLORIDA..beotches.

bazil9 on May 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Well how it will work is that Florida/LSU/South Carolina will play Nick Saban in the Final game…occasionally some other school will wander into the mix, to be destroyed by an SEC team…to wit Tressel and OSU…twice I believe, and then Notre Dame this year…though I really thought Notre Dame would give a much better account of itself than it did.

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Under a true playoff system, that would never happen. Alabama lost last year to a mid-level Texas A&M team, and won the BCS. The previous year, not only did they not win their conference, they didn’t even win their DIVISION. They never played ANYONE of note in the OOC games, and still got the BCS nod.

The BCS system was devised by an SEC guy and prevented a true playoff from happening. The system is as honest and transparent as the Obama Administration.

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:29 PM

OK now…a man/woman talking about PROFESSIONAL football, considering SMU is pushing fate a bit don’t you think?

Anyway, most of our players, in the SEC, drive very modest cars…and it appears that Nick Saban’s have all been fortunate in summer jobs, and that’s why they can afford the ones they have…it’s our story and we are sticking to it.

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Wow, you reached back all the way to 1986 for that? Impressive. Do you wear flashdance shirts and leg warmers as well?

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Melon Collie, you’re a fellow Cornhusker? Learn something every day.

Stag Arms would be welcome to Columbus. We have a nice big empty building in an industrial zone that would make a good home for them.

countrybumpkin on May 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Do you wear flashdance shirts and leg warmers as well?

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

LOLz

bazil9 on May 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Umm…for it not to be 105° in the shade all summer?

/kidding!

JimLennon on May 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Give me 105 in the summer – better than freezing your ass off in the winter!!!!

redguy on May 26, 2013 at 5:40 PM

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Well all I can say is I believe they are STILL the only team to have gotten an NCAA Death Penalty, plus I liked the Scott Bakula movie kind of based on the SMU aftermath…

I mean Mr Carney I realize that SMU/Benghazi was a LONG time ago, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

And continue to believe that the BCS system, when replaced will FINALLY put paid to the SEC, Saban, Spurrier, Muschamp, Les Miles heck even Phil Fulmer dominance in football.

I am just willing to submit you are about to be disappointed, BUT no doubt, like an Alex Jones/Troofer/Birther you will be able to find some OTHER non-football reason to account for the SEC’s shellacking of its non-SEC opponents. That non-football reason may be grounds-keeping or crooked referees, I don’t; know SUN SPOTS, but I am sure there will be reasons that we continue to dominate.

Mind you, I am not that wed to sports, so I hope you don’t take to great an offense to my “tweaking” you on this subject…a sore one I imagine to a Texas football fan, Texas being a football state…

Though to be fair, Stag might as well move to Florida, because well it’s warm there AND they have “real” football there, as well.

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Liberals need to be punished for their policies. That’s the only way they’ll learn anything. They have always gotten away with everything, but Obamacare will fix that, for the first time ever.

Screw Connecticut. Let them lose that company and all those jobs. If the state didn’t have gun-free zones, Sandy Hook might never have happened.

Liam on May 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Maybe Connecticut can start making solar panels and windmills.

GarandFan on May 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

I’m sure all the Dumb-ocrats think there will 1000s of green jobs to replace the lost jobs…

gsherin on May 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Sure there will. It’s the new green economy. All those gun plant employees can get jobs operating wind mills and running solar panels.

petefrt on May 26, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Fools. One of the biggest reasons the South lost the Civil War was a lack of arms manufacturing. I wouldn’t mind the tables being turned toward us freedom-loving, conservative Southerners just in case another such battle has to be fought.

Woody

woodcdi on May 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

One of the hallmarks of progressive “thought” is the ability to hold two diametrically-opposed and directly contradictory positions simultaneously, and insist that they are not only not contradictory, but that both of them are absolutely true, as well as being morally superior to anyone else’s opinions on either subject.

Works for any ideology that is based on self-centered power grabs, regardless of its position on the right-left (or any other) axis.

This also seems to be the hallmark of the Obama administration, as the summum malum of the Democrats is death by losing elections.

AesopFan on May 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Football -all I gotta say is FLORIDA..beotches.

bazil9 on May 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Definitely. We’ve got beaches, golf, fishing, and you can shoot all the pythons you can find.

RadClown on May 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

And we wonder why companies leave the USA, we have the highest corporate tax in the world yet there are 1300 federal agencies that are funded by our taxes, fines, permits and licensees. It’s getting crazy.

mixplix on May 26, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Remington, sadly, sold out to the devil and will remain in NY.

There has been a fierce backlash from the pro-constitution community.

kurtzz3 on May 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

.. aimed at Remington

kurtzz3 on May 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Liam on May 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Libs will not learn anything from ObamaCare. You can bet your bottom dollar right this minute that no matter what the result, the takeaway will be “even more government control is needed”. Failure would mean it just didn’t go far enough. Heads I win, tails you lose.

rightmind on May 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Bold Ideas that goes by the name Colt Competition just moved to a small town Breckenridge,Texas.The town is tickeled s#!tless.

docflash on May 26, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Definitely. We’ve got beaches, golf, fishing, and you can shoot all the pythons you can find.

RadClown on May 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

:)
Yep..we got it all! Minus the bugs and humidity. ;)
I hope the Colt deal doesnt go south..

bazil9 on May 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Libs will not learn anything from ObamaCare. You can bet your bottom dollar right this minute that no matter what the result, the takeaway will be “even more government control is needed”. Failure would mean it just didn’t go far enough. Heads I win, tails you lose.

rightmind on May 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

You may be right. But I find demented pleasure hearing liberals howl. And they will. Some already are, to see their wallets a little lighter after the last tax deal and how their medical insurance premiums are already rising.

Colorado is losing more than one firearms manufacturer because of liberal state policies (“You can’t have a gun. Pee your pants to prevent rape!”).

Liberals always have a, “This wasn’t supposed to happen to me!” outlook.

It’s about time they paid, too, for once.

Liam on May 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Football -all I gotta say is FLORIDA..beotches.

bazil9 on May 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Definitely. We’ve got beaches, golf, fishing, and you can shoot all the pythons you can find.

RadClown on May 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

What y’all said!

sandspur on May 26, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Friend of mine, born and raised in Maine, a retired Lt Col, and a life-long (moderate) Dem, retired to western VA. He said when the next civil war comes, he wants to be on the side of the people who have guts.

petefrt on May 26, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Texas: God, guns, football.

What else do you need?

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I think we need voter checkpoints when a yankee crosses the state line to make sure they’re not bringing their liberal policies with them. I’ve never in my life seen so many blue state license plates on the roads as I have in the last two years.

TxAnn56 on May 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Liam on May 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Yes, they always want to have it both ways and refuse or are incapable of examining what should be obvious results of policy decisions.

I gave up trying to understand long ago. To know the mind of a liberal is to know madness.

rightmind on May 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Libs will not learn anything from ObamaCare. You can bet your bottom dollar right this minute that no matter what the result, the takeaway will be “even more government control is needed”. Failure would mean it just didn’t go far enough. Heads I win, tails you lose.

rightmind on May 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

For sure, libs won’t learn anything, but the voters might.

Libs don’t learn from their failures. They just double down. They learned nothing from earlier failures of communism, now did they.

petefrt on May 26, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Ron Pinciaro, executive director of an anti-gun group, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said he would not want to see Connecticut employees hurt because of the vote.

“I wish they would stay here,” he said, “and I don’t really see that as being contradictory.”

The very definition of cognitive dissonance….

Capitalist Infidel on May 26, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Well all I can say is I believe they are STILL the only team to have gotten an NCAA Death Penalty, plus I liked the Scott Bakula movie kind of based on the SMU aftermath…

I mean Mr Carney I realize that SMU/Benghazi was a LONG time ago, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

And continue to believe that the BCS system, when replaced will FINALLY put paid to the SEC, Saban, Spurrier, Muschamp, Les Miles heck even Phil Fulmer dominance in football.

JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Actually, if you really want to go back in time, the SEC has a few skeletons exposed by the NCAA. I seriously doubt even a KY person has trouble telling the difference between 8 months ago and 27 years ago. But hey, maybe the Bangles reunion tour will cheer you up.

And please note that I mentioned a true playoff system, not the beauty contest that they are going to in a couple of years. Get the conference champs, play them out and see who wins. There are obvious winners and obvious losers. And you gotta be a conference champ to get in. None of this ribbon for showing up crap.

john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Sad but likely future headline (at the rate things are going):

Yet another gun manufacturer looking at leaving Connecticut United States

ShainS on May 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Another reason to move to TX. We have actual experience at being another country.

After all, we’ll win the next Civil War for the reason the Copperheads lost the first one: we’ll have most of the weapons makers.

SDN on May 26, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Maybe Connecticut can start making solar panels and windmills.

GarandFan on May 26, 2013 at 5:46 PM

And they can power their factories with rainbows and unicorn farts.

merlich on May 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Been saying that for years and why i think that Liberalism/leftism/communism/fascism/progressivism are truly mental diseases. I am sure that in a 100 years people will look aback and wonder how it was NOT classified as a mental disease.

jukin3 on May 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Let’s make sure that conservatives take control of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) so that it’s listed there 100 years from now.

Or sooner would be fine by me. Like now.

PatriotGal2257 on May 26, 2013 at 7:23 PM

This is crazy. We know that the gun control folks, if given their way, would not allow for private citizen gun ownership in the U.S.. So who do they want these manufacturers to sell to? Is this like cigarettes? The government believes with their every fiber that smoking is deadly but won’t ban it because of the tax revenue? They are okay with these too dangerous items being exported to other places in the world. Balancing trade and keeping the revenue while infringing on their citizens’ rights. Good job.

Cindy Munford on May 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Connecticut has bigger problems than just the gun industry, our state legislature just voted to issue driver’s licenses to illegals. Everyone knows that the next step is the voting booth (legally). There’s already a push on in Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, & Hartford to allow “undocumented Democrats” the vote. One of my friends has already sold her house & moved to Indiana, several others, at wok, are talking about the same. My wife & I will do likewise once the elders pass on. I refuse to support a government that doesn’t listen to it’s constituency.

Boats48 on May 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Boats48 on May 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

What is wrong with liberals?

Cindy Munford on May 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

“I think companies will continue to leave Connecticut both because it’s a terrible place to be a manufacturer business and because of the political environment,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the shooting sports foundation. “It’s completely hypocritical to say you can stay and make your products, but they’re so dangerous your employees can’t buy them.”

As a Nutmegger counting the days until I can flee, exactly Mr. Keane.

jnelchef on May 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

As a Nutmegger counting the days until I can flee, exactly Mr. Keane.

jnelchef on May 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Yeah, there aren’t too many of us left here in CT … Whoever the last productive person / conservative is to leave the state, please turn the lights out– or on second thought, leave as many 100 watt light bulbs as possible burning just to twist the knife a little.

Timin203 on May 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I have a hunch that CA, NY, MD and CO aren’t on the move to list.

dddave on May 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Geez. You are talking about politicians; of course they want to have their cake and eat it too!

pgrossjr on May 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I hear a lot of TALK about companies moving … but how many actually have?

HondaV65 on May 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Boats48 on May 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Sorry. None of my business, but I have to ask.

Have any kids?

WryTrvllr on May 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM

There are two blades on this sword. My blade should make is simpler for Colt — I won’t buy their products while they continue to produce them in Connecticuct. Move to a red state or GFY.

Jaibones on May 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

‘Cause maybe they ARE listening to their constituency

WryTrvllr on May 26, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Umm…for it not to be 105° in the shade all summer?

/kidding!

JimLennon on May 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Give me 105 in the summer – better than freezing your ass off in the winter!!!!

redguy on May 26, 2013 at 5:40 PM

No, it’s not. Really. it’s not. For one thing, it’s much easier to drive on hot pavement than ice. And that’s just one example of many. Many!

HiJack on May 26, 2013 at 10:24 PM

I know everyone’s wanting for these guys to move to their state so I’ll pile in: Utah.

Why? We’re sane.

Chaz706 on May 27, 2013 at 5:51 AM

You actually play football down there? I hadn’t heard. LOL.
Go Bucks!

yesiamapirate on May 27, 2013 at 7:26 AM

You said Football so obviously you meant ALABAMA….
JFKY on May 26, 2013 at 4:38 PM
Hmmm, no. Alabama has one football factory school. Texas has several schools that excel at football. And as a bonus, our cheerleaders have all their teeth.
And when we say “boy” we are always talking about a small male child.
john1schn on May 26, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Forgot to reference my comment. Sorry, I just get excited when I talk about the Buckeyes.

yesiamapirate on May 27, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Connecticut lawmakers have been pushing to create a national park at the historic former site of the Colt’s firearms plant in Hartford

Yeah, because there’s no such thing as a state park. Oh wait, there is, but you can’t get taxpayers in other states to pay for one of those.

Odysseus on May 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Hope they relocate to IL. Their products will be needed as we plan for the invasion of Chicago.

(kidding) ((kinda))

St Gaudens on May 27, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I’m surprised there are any businesses of any kind left in Connecticut.

MPan on May 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

“I wish they would stay here,” he said, “and I don’t really see that as being contradictory.” …

Really? You must have been in the wrong line when God handed out common sense. Actually, that’s very big of you, being against all things gun and all. Nice compromise there, Ron. Stag can come to MT. We don’t have a sales tax, and already have one gun mfg company called Henry Rifles.

Kissmygrits on May 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM

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