Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gun Manufacturers in the Northeast

The New York Times published a fascinating article about how gun-friendly states are trying to lure gun manufacturers away from the Northeast. Interestingly, the approach is a sentimental one, gun makers would feel better surrounded by like-minded folk.

But the attempted poaching of its gun makers is not being taken lightly in Massachusetts, which is home to Smith & Wesson, the nation’s largest handgun manufacturer (founded in 1852) and the Savage Arms Company (1894), or in neighboring Connecticut, where Colt (1836), the Marlin Firearms Company (1870) and O. F. Mossberg & Sons (1919) are located.

In 2005, this small region produced 1.8 million firearms, according to the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, about one-third of all firearms made in the country.

Pushing back, Massachusetts has published a brochure promoting its firearms makers that traces the state’s gun culture back to 1777, when George Washington chose Springfield as the site of the country’s first arsenal.
I don't imagine these major gun manufacturers could be swayed by the argument that they'd feel more welcome in states like North Dakota or Alabama than they do in Massachusetts. These are hard-core business men if there ever were any. They lobby for lax gun laws in order to facilitate gun flow into the criminal world which they in turn replenish with new guns in a never-ending cycle of death. In every board meeting they look that aspect of their dirty business square in the eye, without blinking.

No, I don't think they're interested in "feelings."  A monetary incentive might interest them, but forget about that cultural nonsense.

That's what I think. What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.


  1. Screw the MASSholesAugust 11, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Anything that makes poor ole Mikey cry is a good thing, and if it takes money out of the tax-base states in the NE-US all the better.

  2. Mike - i agree with you. Businesses will locate in areas that offer them the best chance to be successful and to make a profit. The taxes levied are part of the that formula, but not the only factor. Depending on the business, they may need a highly educated workforce or they may need a lot of cheap labor. They may need a lot of land, a large water source, a location that is close to distribution centers, etc.

    Overall you have to understand that businesses exist to make money for the owners and investors. That is their primary purpose and that is what they will focus on in deciding where to locate.

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