Prominent Gun Manufacturer Announces Exit From Liberal State To A Business Friendly, 2nd Amendment-Supporting Site Down South

Prominent Gun Manufacturer Announces Exit From Liberal State To A Business Friendly, 2nd Amendment-Supporting Site Down South

One of America’s oldest gun manufacturers is packing up its New England operation and heading south. Last Thursday, Smith & Wesson CEO Mark Smith announced that the company would leave Springfield, Massachusetts, where the company was founded in 1852, and relocate its headquarters and “significant elements” of its operation to Maryville, Tennessee, in 2023. The reason: the anti-Second Amendment attitude so prevalent in Massachusetts. Smith said the move also meant shuttering plants in Connecticut and Missouri. Overall, Maryville will get 750 new jobs and a $120 million economic development project. “This has been an extremely difficult and emotional decision for us, but after an exhaustive and thorough analysis, for the continued health and strength of our iconic company, we feel that we have been left with no other alternative,” Smith said in a statement. Smith specifically mentioned bills recently proposed in Massachusetts that, if enacted, would prohibit the company from manufacturing certain firearms in the state. “These bills would prevent Smith & Wesson from manufacturing firearms that are legal in almost every state in America and that are safely used by tens of millions of law-abiding citizens every day exercising their Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights, protecting themselves and their families, and enjoying the shooting sports,” he said. “While we are hopeful that this arbitrary and damaging legislation will be defeated in this session, these products made up over 60% of our revenue last year, and the unfortunate likelihood that such restrictions would be raised again led to a review […]

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