After being targeted for regulation by lawmakers in liberal states, premier gunmakers are making quiet but bold calculations to move some of their operations out of New England’s “Gun Valley” and into states they believe will appreciate them more, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Remington all built their guns and brands out of New England traditions that go back to the musket-makers that helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War. Second- and third-generation employees dominate the machining halls at sites like Remington's rifle shop in Ilion, N.Y.
As companies like Remington have seen their workforces nearly double amid a gun-buying boom, the positive economic aspects of gunsmithing have clashed with liberal lawmakers who have philosophical problems with the role of gunmakers in the nation’s significant gun violence, leading to gun restrictions that affect production lines in New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Colorado. That clash between gunmakers and lawmakers undergirds a massive recalibration of arms manufacturing in the U.S., with companies like Beretta, Ruger, Remington, Mossberg, Stag Arms, and Magpul making plans to downsize their presence in states that are perceived as unfriendly, while building state-of-the art plants in regions and states with lower labor costs, bigger tax incentives and, critically, fewer uncertainties about gun-control regulations.