Gun Manufacturer to Leave Conn. After New Gun Control Law

Gov. Dannel Malloy signs into law Connecticut's strict new gun laws. (AP)
• April 10, 2013 10:01 am


A Connecticut gun manufacturer announced plans to leave the state after the strict gun control measures enacted last week, the Bristol Press reports:

"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," declared PTR Industries in a statement released on its website.

The manufacturer of rifles and small arms with 41 employees said it "has not decided upon a specific relocation site at this time" but plans to review "offers from states that are friendly to the industry." […]

The company’s owner, Josh Fiorini, told the Press last week that all of his products are banned for sale in Connecticut under the new law.

He said he wasn’t sure if he could transport parts, test fire guns, pick up parts and a host of other concerns.

The new laws limit magazine capacity, requires background checks for all gun purchases, and expands the number of banned guns under the state's assault-weapons ban.

In advance of the new state gun laws, Connecticut customers rushed to buy guns and ammunition, causing long lines at gun stores.

Connecticut's new laws are just one part of a number of state gun control efforts in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. A number of states have approved new restrictive gun control packages (New York, Colorad0), or proposed new sales taxes on guns or ammunition (New Jersey, California).