PTR Industries to Abandon Connecticut

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-(Ammoland.com)- This past week an historic and highly controversial bill was passed by the State of Connecticut which will have far reaching consequences to the state, its citizens, and businesses.

The bill we refer to is Bill No. 1160, AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDRENS SAFETY.

This bill purports to reduce gun violence by banning hardware responsible for less than 3% of homicides in 2011 ; and claims to increase children’s safety by restricting the ability of those most responsible for it – their parents – to defend them.

As a firearms manufacturing firm, our industrial roots reach deep in the State of CT. 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.

On Thursday April 4th 2013, 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 CT.

The magnitude of the constitutional and economic importance of this bill is such that the disregard for public input (in the final version), and the haphazard production of the legislation should be insulting to any citizen or business in CT. It should be a shock to us all that such landmark legislation could be written in one week, and seen by no one (including the rank-and-file legislators) prior to its emergency certification. Having been present in the deliberations in both legislative chambers, it was clear that a majority of our legislators had not even read the bill – and those that had read it had only a cursory understanding.

The process with which this legislation proceeded, along with the language that resulted gives us no confidence that this will be the last violation of our rights in our beloved home state, and we only hope that this does not set a precedent at a national level.

The rights of the citizens of CT have been trampled upon. The safety of its children is at best questionably improved from the day of the tragedy that triggered the events that lead us here. Finally, due to an improperly drafted bill, manufacturing of modern sporting rifles in the State of CT has been effectively outlawed.

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.

Furthermore, 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. 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. We encourage those in our industry to abandon this state as its leaders have abandoned the proud heritage that forged our freedom.

Although PTR has not decided upon a specific relocation site at this time, over the coming weeks the company will be actively considering offers from states that are friendly to the industry. We hope to have a site identified within the next six weeks, and hope to have our move completed by the end of this year. We plan to keep our business partners informed on the status of our move throughout this process in order to affect a smooth transition.

We have extended the invitation to join us in the move to all of our employees, as well as all of our vendors. We are pleased to say that we currently have commitments to move from a majority of our employees, which includes ALL of our management personnel, engineering staff and skilled gunsmiths.

It is our hope and sincere belief that this move will represent a step forward for the company; and that by bringing our expertise and core personnel to combine with the business friendly policies, and a motivated local labor force from a state that respects industry and the second amendment that we can expand our operations and not only maintain – but increase the quality and reputation of our products.

Please direct any questions or inquiries to John McNamara, Vice President of Sales, at [email protected] or at our main phone number. Visit: http://ptr91.com/

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    Johnie Neal
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    Johnie Neal

    Come to Tennessee! We would LOVE to have you!

    Johnie Neal, Executive Committee
    Pickett County Executive
    PO Box 280
    Byrdstown, TN 38549
    Phone: (931) 864-3798

    Q.D.McGraw
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    Q.D.McGraw

    To A. Hall: Read the 2nd Amendment ,you dumbass! Where does it say anything about = to the gov’t ? If that were true,you idiots would be screeching limitations on heavy ordinance;not some piddlyass AR’s etc. It is better to be a idiot in silence, than to type rants out to the masses and remove ALL doubt.

    BETSY
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    BETSY

    C’MON DOWN TO TENNESSEE!!! LOW TAXES – RIGHT TO WORK STATE – #3 IN FREE-EST STATES (ABOVE TEXAS! WHICH I LOVE)IN THE US.

    Larry
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    Larry

    Come to industrial friendly Sidney-Shelby County Ohio. The tool & die industry is second to none and the work environment is awesome. Small towns, huge upside. Call the WODC for details.

    John D Williams
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    John D Williams

    WV…where mountaineers are always free, centrally located, already very gun friendly and getting more gun friendly with several pieces of new legislation. WV is the place for firearms manufactures and accessories companies to be.

    Bob W. Rudichar
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    Bob W. Rudichar

    Hey! Come to Wyoming…we’ll take ya. We’re still sane out this way.
    And it is good to see so many other friendly folk sending you guys invitations.

    Bill Baker
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    Bill Baker

    @MIKE BROGAN: YOUR CAPS LOCK IS STUCK ON

    MIKE BROGAN
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    MIKE BROGAN

    YAVAPAI COUNTY ARIZONA. WE HAVE RUGER NOW FOR QUITE SOME TIME. GREAT PLACE TO RELOCATE FROM THE EAST COAST. 4 MILD SEASONS LOW TAXES AND LOTS OF LAND TO EXPAND ON.
    CONTACT OR CONGRESSMAN PAUL GOSAR. HE CAN SELL YOU.
    WORTH A GOOD LOOK.
    MIKE BROGAN

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    DaveGinOly

    As gun enthusiasts, we must pledge to only purchase firearms from manufacturers who A) moved from restrictive states in protest, or B) refuse to sell to those states, or C) refuse to sell anything other than civilian-legal firearms to those states (“states” includes those states’ municipalities). We must also make a special effort to support accessory manufacturers (like Magpul) and retailers (like LaRue) who take similar stands. There are some nice handguns that I will forgo in the future, but there are some equally nice ones that I will buy, made by manufacturers who are on “my side.” So far,… Read more »

    jk
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    jk

    True that on MI and its too bad. We have all the industrial infrastructure here, not to mention engineering knowledge and skilled workers. Been to new hampshire and they dont seem that pro gun. TX and AZ are the only sure bets and they will profit big time from the dem assholes wrecking other states.

    Rich K
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    Rich K

    Check out NH. 4th friendliest state for personal liberties. NO income tax,. NO sales tax. Skilled labor pool and a friendly atmosphere.

    Keith
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    Keith

    You better not come to Michigan!! Michigan may be pro-gun right now, but I’ve been around this shit hole long enough to know that that could well change in the next election cycle. It seems that ANYBODY wanting to stay free needs to go to the Sovereign Republic of Texas!!

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    Peter Cohen

    We would LOVE to have you move to ARIZONA.
    We are GUN FRIENDLY, we LOVE our 2nd Amend. & AZ is a Right to Work state [like it should be]
    WELCOME to ARIZONA

    TN Thompson
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    TN Thompson

    South Dakota: right to work state, low taxes, no corp income tax, no state income tax. Gun friendly. The Rapid City/Sturgis corridor is home to several firearms and ammunition businesses.

    Andrew Hall
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    Andrew Hall

    If all the other firearms manufactors would join in this they might would have to reconsider I think they should only sell magazines under 10 rounds and no assault weapons to them too. The second ammendment says we have a right to bear arms equal to that of the government. Someone has to give us a level playing field. Much respect!

    C w h
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    C w h

    We welcome you in Arizona !
    Plus the weather is “dry heat”.
    Chuck

    william hayes
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    william hayes

    come on down to Texas! We’d love to have ya.