Troy Industries Leaves Massachusetts for Tennessee

By Larry Keane

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Massachusetts state legislators have thrown a straw on the camel’s back and forced 75 jobs to pull up roots and head to the Volunteer State. Citing the Bay State’s “changing climate for firearms manufacturers,” Troy Industries is leaving for Tennessee.

Troy’s announcement highlights the growing hostility from Massachusetts lawmakers towards the firearm industry. Legislators introduced legislation to ban outright the production of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) that are to private citizens – even those outside the commonwealth. Troy Industries, a manufacturer of MSRs, magazines, and other firearm accessories will instead spend $7.2 million to relocate. Tennessee’s gain is Massachusetts’ loss.

Had Enough

Massachusetts was once the firearm manufacturer’s epicenter, roots that go back before the American Revolution. That’s not the present reality. That’s leaving more than gun companies frustrated with state legislators. Northboro, Massachusetts -based Gun Owners Action League Executive Director Jim Wallace said,

“Sadly … I think there are many people who would love to see them (firearms companies) leave, but I think the state as a whole needs to review their whole outlook on this issue, and actually welcome lawful people and lawful business.”

The move is certain to shift money paid to the state too. The economic impact of the move is significant. The firearm industry in Massachusetts employs 7,800 people. Those jobs pay total wages north of $650 million dollars with an economic output in the state of nearly $2.5 billion. Those job figures mean Massachusetts was in the Top Ten in Total Economic Output (#6) among the states, as well as in Economic Impact Per Capita (#10).

Changes in Latitude

Wallace’s statement was prescient.

“While Troy has enjoyed a very successful period of growth in Massachusetts, the changing climate for firearms manufacturers in the state determined the need for our relocation to Tennessee to ensure the continued success of the company,” founder Steve Troy said.

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee is already recognizing the benefit of Troy Industries’ move to his state.

“I appreciate Troy for choosing to relocate to Tennessee and am proud to partner with this world-renowned firearms manufacturer,” Gov. Lee said. “I thank Troy for this investment and the creation of new jobs for Tennesseans.”

Troy Industries will join fellow firearm makers Barrett Manufacturing and Beretta. Remaining manufacturers Smith & Wesson moved warehousing and distribution operations to Missouri and Kahr Arms already has manufacturing in Pennsylvania, a move they made when New York made business there untenable.

It’s not just Massachusetts. Weatherby left California for Wyoming. Accessories maker Hi-Viz closed shop in Colorado for Wyoming too. Magpul left Colorado for Wyoming too, along with business operations in Texas. Connecticut-based Stag Arms announced a move to Wyoming. PTR left Connecticut for South Carolina. Kimber expanded production in Alabama over New York, and later move the company’s headquarters there. Ruger opened manufacturing in North Carolina.

But Changes in Attitude

The increased hostility and gun control push by states, and even the federal government, do not reflect the changing attitudes of Americans. Support for increased gun control is at the lowest levels in several years, as reported by Gallup, Washington Post/ABC, Newsweek, and other polling outlets. The rifles that Troy Industries produces – the AR-15 or MSR – are the most popular selling centerfire rifles in America. There are more than 20 million in circulation today and are used for lawful hunting, recreational target shooting, and self-defense.

The record-shattering gun-buying trends also changed the political calculus for politicians looking to impose stricter gun control on their voters. Twenty-one million National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) for the sale of a firearm in 2020. NSSF surveys estimated over 8.4 million were first-time buyers and they’re from every walk of life. The trend hasn’t slowed a bit in 2021 and demonstrates why gun control has stalled in the Nation’s Capital.

Back in the states, legislators shouldn’t be surprised when major manufacturers like Troy Industries call their bluff. There’s plenty of demand for firearms. Lawmakers would be wise to take note.


About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

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Capn Dad

Welcome to The Free State of Tennessee Troy Industries. Wish you every success!

Don

Grey Ghost has a factory in Lakewood, WA, and office in Hayden or Dalton Gardens, ID and a nice vacant building in Wallace, ID. I wish they would make the move soon.

ralph

Like other Americans, Troy has elected to “vote with its feet”. Good for them and good for Tennessee. I fled CA 3 years ago after almost 50 years there. Miss the weather; love Texas in all other ways.

Bill

Me too!!

Captain

Took them long enough, how long has the anti-gun liberals AKA: Kennedy’s run that state anyway.

Ryben Flynn

Time for Remington, or what’s left of it, to move out of New York.

Captain

And Kimber

Don

Much of Remington is no longer in NYS.

fullmentaljacket

Much of it is now owned by Ruger, since last November, I believe.

nrringlee

And NSSF is located in………………………………….Newtwon CT. Go figure.

Ryben Flynn

They don’t manufacture guns. They’re a Trade Association.

Last edited 7 months ago by Ryben Flynn
JimmyS

And their existence in Connecticut benefits that State financially, while that State treasonously continues to attempt to dismantle the rights and freedom of the People.

Is it making sense yet?

incorrigible

And, GOA is in Virginia and CCRKBA is in Washington (state) and NRA incorporated in NY and headquartered in DC!

Boom

Well they’re headquartered in DC because most of all their business is there… Why would they be headquartered in Florida and go to work everyday in DC? I’m not an NRA fan.. I’m jus saying….

Bill

They are moving out of NY because NY you s suing to did-establish the NRA!

Don

Headquarters in anti-gun Virginia, not DC. But you can see it from there.

Arny

The State as a whole not so antigun. It’s the pockets they filled with sheep from foreign lands. A strategy they have been using & are still using. DOD Flying illegals into cities in the middle of the night. State legislatures are not even aware. Just another reason to Not pay taxes.

Hazcat

Thank you Troy Industries for supporting the 2A with more than words.

linkman

It’s not just the gun industry leaving these states… companies of all sorts are leaving them in droves for ones that don’t poison the businesses.

APG member

Troy industries once (may still) had that cowardly P.O.S. Lon Horiuchi on the payroll….

Hazcat

Gonna need proof of that.

Jeffersonian

Troy, or a sister company, hired Jody Weis, an anti-gun Chicago police superintendent; and also, not Horiuchi himself, but Dale Monroe, the spotter who helped Horiuchi murder Vicki Weaver. With those search terms it shouldn’t be hard to find the reports.

It was HS Precision who proudly put an endorsement from Horiuchi on one of their catalogs.

Don

Horiuchi did NOT intentionally murder Vicki Weaver. Vicki was standing behind the front door as Horiuchi shot Harris. He could not see her as only her finger tips were holding the door. It was a tragic incident.

Don

Why the down votes, when it is the truth?

Arny

It was their job to know who was there. And by simple deductions it wasn’t hard to figure out who was behind the door.

APG member

Horiuchi was ascared, observing a woman holding a baby from an ensconced position. Poor bitch is probably on lifetime disability with “PTSD” over your “tragic incident”.

Last edited 7 months ago by APG member
Charlie Foxtrot

Rule #4: Identify your target, and what is behind it. Unless you are a federal agent, then just blast away.

Charlie Foxtrot

Troy stands by their employee, Lon Horiuchi’s partner at Ruby Ridge!
https://www.gunssavelife.com/guess-who-else-troy-has-hired-lon-horiuchis-partner/

Last edited 7 months ago by Charlie Foxtrot
APG member

God forbid you do your own research,it was Horiuchi’s partner. Here let me spoon feed you like you like:https://www.gunssavelife.com/guess-who-else-troy-has-hired-lon-horiuchis-partner/

Last edited 7 months ago by APG member
Alan in NH

Meanwhile just to the north, little old New Hampshire was the #1 gun manufacturing state in the USA. Thanks to Sturm & Ruger, and SIG making millions of high quality firearms every year and selling every single one of them.

incorrigible

Yeah, but NH, especially southern NH, is in real danger of becoming “Mass. North”, due to the liberal invasion! As a 50+ year resident, I have seen it. I think that is why more gun companies have not moved here. Our 2 Reps and both Sens are liberal Democrats. Republicans missed the chance at a Senate seat last year, by nominating a “Carpetbagger”. I hope they do better next year!

musicman44mag

And all those moves add up to one thing. America is changing and segregating under the guise of us vs. them, republicans vs. demonkkkrats. Good the red states could use the business and I hope that the people that move with their jobs are republicans thereby making those states even more red. I live in oreGONE now! I will be increasing a republican strong hold in another state soon I hope. I don’t need the governor shit stain brown clown gestapo telling me I need to show proof of a shot to buy groceries, go to church or a restaurant… Read more »

nrringlee

The National Divorce continues. E Pluribus Unum is replaced by a mortal contest between liberty and authoritarianism.

Captain

Exactly correct. it will break up by the same map as the presidential election voting. States with gun rights are quickly adopting things like constitutional carry and protection against the ATF in search and seizures. Florida now says people CAN sue social media, don’t think that didn’t go unseen by states like NC, SC, WV and others. States Rights will be the reason for the next civil war as it was for the last one even though it was all blames on slavery. Well ya that was a part of it but much was due to federal power and the… Read more »

Autsin Miller III

I agree Captain and that’s why the Demoncrats want to eliminate the electoral college, so they can reduce the ability of those who disagree with them having any influence in the future of our country. If they manage to do that and pack the Supreme Court, it won’t matter what state a person lives in. Sorry for the gloomy forecast. The good news is…. I’m almost always wrong so there is that.

musicman44mag

I think you are absolutely right and that is why they want to pack the court take away the filibuster and the electoral college. I didn’t read it as a forecast but an explanation of factual truth. The key is, they will not do it. 2022 is a big year for us. It will make or break America depending what side you are on. We need more republicans that are not RINO more than ever now. If we slip in 2022 and democrats don’t wake up and then in 2024, we will be done with what we once new as… Read more »

Autsin Miller III

Amen Brother. Well said.

Boom

Yep.

Boom

Yeah. The fact that it’s a “her”. We should have never given them the right to vote to begin with, much less take office.