Earlier this year, New York and Colorado were among the states to pass a number of anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment laws.
In Colorado, at least three firearms companies are in the process of moving their business out of the state. The Outdoor Channel cancelled four programs that were being produced in the state and advised a boycott against all outdoor recreation, which is a large part of the economy of the state. Additionally, a number of recall drives are underway aimed at the four main politicians responsible for the anti-gun and green energy laws. Fifty-four of the states 62 elected county sheriffs are suing the state over the new anti-gun laws. A coalition of counties in the northeast corner of the state is seriously looking into the possibility of secession from the rest of the state.
Shortly after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed their anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment laws into effect, Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott ran a series of ads in New York inviting people and businesses to move to gun friendly Texas. I never heard if any New Yorkers took him up on his invite, but thought it was a pretty good idea.
Whether prompted by Abbott’s invite or the examples from Colorado, at least one New York based firearms company has announced that they are leaving the state because of the new laws. Kahr Firearms, currently located in Rockland County, New York (home of the infamous interactive map of legal gun permit holders), has announced that they have purchased land in Blooming Grove Township, Pennsylvania and will be moving their corporate offices there as soon as possible.
Frank Harris, Vice President of Sales and Marketing stated:
“We are grateful for the warm welcome and the business opportunity extended by the Pike County Industrial Park Development Group/Business Development Corporation to expand our company and relocate its headquarters office. The Pennsylvania group has demonstrated tremendous support of our operations and Kahr looks to move forward with the project without delay. It’s good for our business and also for other businesses in the area as we build a long-term mutually beneficial relationship with the community. We anticipate generating significant numbers of revenue and jobs for the local Northeastern Pennsylvania economy with the construction of facilities, expansion of manufacturing, and need for local vendors.”
Connecticut is another state with strict anti-gun laws and they are home to a number of firearms or firearm related manufacturers. Now if only they will do the right thing and move away from their state that has legislated against their businesses. After all, why would any company want to do business in a state that passes laws against their customers and hurts their business? There are a number of gun friendly states like Texas and Arizona that would love to have them relocate there. I continue to pray that more will.