Economist: Restrictive Gun Laws Don’t Cost Jobs


There is little correlation between the passage of statewide restrictive gun laws and the exodus of firearms manufacturers, according to recently published research in the quarterly journal The Connecticut Economy.

Stephen Lanza, an economist at the University of Connecticut, analyzed statistics on firearms manufacturers from the U.S. Census Bureau and measures of gun law restrictiveness provided by the Brady Campaign, an non-profit group that advocates for stricter gun laws.

Lanza found that “the key determinant of the number of firearms establishments in a state is having a tradition of those businesses in the first place.”

He noted that manufacturers become reliant on local suppliers and work forces trained in particular fields.

In the wake of the December 2012 rampage in Newtown, CT that left 26 students and teachers dead, as well as the shooter and his mother, Connecticut passed legislation that bans the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, requires background checks for private gun sales and expands the state’s assault weapons ban.

Earlier this week, PTR Industries, a Connecticut-based producer of high end semi-automatic rifles, announced plans to move to South Carolina. The firm had previously signaled it would leave the state in response to the Connecticut's strict gun laws.

But PTR is unique, according to Lanza's research, which notes that “whatever the in-state constraints on firearm and munitions sales and use, an arms maker's market is primarily national and international, both of which are beyond the reach of local lawmakers.”

Read the study HERE.

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