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Gun makers in anti-gun areas

Never understood why so many gun makers were in NY or MA. Seems like a hostile work environment. But it’s good to see Remington Arms taking on NY’s proposed microstamping pipe dream.

6 Responses to “Gun makers in anti-gun areas”

  1. Weer'd Beard Says:

    I think the general consensus is that before the 1960s Americans didn’t see guns any different than any other tool or piece of sports equipment. (And it was a world of kids cooking lead soldiers on the cook stove, and throwing lawn darts, stuff had dangers and we used to be grown ups and accept that some danger must exist in a free society)

    And given the major Anti-Rights states are also the big-city industrial places, most of these makers simply opened their doors where the mills were long before anybody cared if that factory made guns, shirts, or wagon wheels.

    Of course there are new companies that open their doors behind enemy lines well after the worm turned, like Kahr Arms in Worcester which started in the 90s.

  2. Chas Says:

    Putting serial numbers on guns to begin with was suppossed to eliminate crime. Putting license plates on cars was supposed to make it impossible to commit a crime with a car. We’ve been sold a bill of goods before, and more than once.
    Microstamping would function efficiently as abuse of law-abiding gun owners, which is the intent. It would have no impact on gun crime.

  3. chris Says:

    You left out Illinois, Unc.

    Les Baer moved across the river into Iowa 2 or 3 years ago, but only after the PSH crowd tried to get the city council to prohibit the issuance of a building permit to Les, claiming that he was building an arsenal or munitions factory – as if that is some kind of bad thing.

    I would like to see SA move across the river into Iowa also.

  4. nk Says:

    The Industrial Revolution. Hartford, Whitneyville, Springfield …, etc. That’s where the factories and manufacturing zones were and some survived.

  5. The N.U.G.U.N. Blog Says:

    It’s because of the Connecticut river and Eli Whitney.

    It’s almost shocking the historical concentration of firearm manufacturers along the Connecticut River Valley and neighboring New York.

    Winchester
    S&W
    Colt
    Ruger
    Remington/UMC
    Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
    Mossberg
    Marlin

    “By 1904, Connecticut’s firearms industry was producing four-fifths of the ammunition and more than one-fourth of the total value of all firearms manufactured by nongovernment factories in the US.”

    http://www.city-data.com/states/Connecticut-History.html

    Connecticut’s nickname “the arsenal of democracy.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Connecticut_industry

    First pistol factory in the U.S.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Connecticut_industry
    “In 1810, Oliver Bidwell built the first pistol factory in the United States on the Pameacha River in Middletown, winning a contract with the United States War Department for handmade pistols.”

    The issue is why do they remain? Perhaps it’s a legacy thing. There is so much history, so many roots.

  6. The N.U.G.U.N. Blog Says:

    Here Say Uncle, I revised and re-published an older post which might explain why.

    http://blog.nugun.org/2012/03/23/connecticuta-heritage/

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