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Colt to bolt? Gun maker's boss says company feels unwelcome in Connecticut | Fox News

Colt to bolt? Gun maker's boss says company feels unwelcome in Connecticut
By Joshua Rhett Miller
Published March 21, 2013

Colt's Manufacturing, the company that has made the iconic gun dubbed "The Peacemaker" for more than a century, could pull up its Connecticut stakes after coming under fire in the national debate over the Second Amendment.

President and CEO Dennis Veilleux said the pro-gun control climate that has taken hold in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre and other firearm attacks has left him feeling unwelcome in the state his company has called home for 175 years. Proposed laws being debated by the Legislature and pushed by Gov. Dannel Malloy include a new gun offender registry, an expanded assault weapons ban, ammunition restrictions and a ban on bulk purchases of handguns. Veilleux said those measures have put Colt and its nearly 700 employees in the crosshairs.

"At some point, if you can't sell your products … then you can't run your business," Veilleux told FoxNews.com. "You need customers to buy your products to stay in business."

Veilleux, who wrote an op-ed that appeared in The Hartford Courant this week in which he raised the prospect of leaving the state, said the company doesn't have any such "definite plans." But if Malloy follows through on his promise to ban the purchase and sale of AR-15 rifles, the centerpiece of the company's business, he said leaving could become an option.

Veilleux, 47, said Colt is "constantly approached" by other states to relocate. Several red state governors have made no secret of the fact they covet firearms makers, an industry that by some measures contributes $1.7 billion annually to Connecticut's economy.

The gun company boss acknowledged that even raising the possibility of a move could be troubling to workers, whose roots in Connecticut are in many cases as deep as Colt's.

"The employees are what the company is," he said. "It's not a building with a bunch of machines in it. The company is the employees. They're proud of what they do, they represent their community - and I would say a lot more than some of the legislators do. They're real people."

Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba says the Democratic governor does not want Colt and its 670 employees to leave the state.

"The governor has been clear for some time that while he does not want manufacturers to leave the state, we need to move ahead with common sense gun violence prevention legislation that will improve public safety," Doba wrote FoxNews.com in an email.

Veilleux made headlines last week when he closed down his factory and bused 400 workers to the state Capitol so they could personally urge lawmakers not to pass gun control legislation that they say could risk their livelihoods.

Connecticut's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in December. In Hartford County, where Colt is based and provides what Veilleux considers high-paying jobs, that figure was 8.1 percent. Both jobless rates are well above the national average of 7.7 percent.

Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, defended the pieces of legislation currently under consideration.

"We feel that because of the enormity of the situation that happened on Dec. 14, that if we just put some Band-Aids on things, it's really not going to be enough," Pinciaro said.

Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. Gunman Adam Lanza also killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before committing suicide as police responded to the school.

The shootings, as well as last year's movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., have triggered a renewed debate over gun laws, especially laws governing background checks and assault rifles. On Wednesday, a Colorado ammunition magazine manufacturer went a step further than Veilleux, saying that it will leave the state after lawmakers approved new gun laws there.

Magpul Chief Operating Officer Doug Smith said the moving process has begun following the signing of a bill by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper that bans the sale of gun magazines with more than 15 rounds. A new location has yet to be determined.

"Our moving efforts are under way," Smith told the Denver Post. "Within the next 30 days we will manufacture our first magazine outside the state of Colorado."

Magpul, which employs roughly 200 workers, is based in Erie, about 30 miles north of Denver. It's the largest Colorado company that potentially would be affected by the bill, one of three state gun measures passed this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 

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Way to go Colt, Remington has been much to quiet on the whole gun issue debate. I think my next gun will have to be a Colt for sure. I do realize that the employees get hurt by them leaving but at least their making a stand.
 

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Since Malloy believes the law should be based on HIS *common sense*, Colt has no choice to leave the state of CT based on *Common sense*.

Sounds like common sense to me.

Bunch of corrupt SOBs in CT, they won't release any evidence concerning Sandy Hook while the country is suffering the nonsense by the gun grabbers.
 

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Way to go Colt, Remington has been much to quiet on the whole gun issue debate. I think my next gun will have to be a Colt for sure. I do realize that the employees get hurt by them leaving but at least their making a stand.
Remington is a disappointment. I am thinking of selling my remington products and buying from those that support us. At the very least I will not buy another one of their products in the future! Not even ammo !
 

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Brattleboro, VT is 1:22 from Hartford, CT. It's straight up 91. Not too far for a motivated employee get a room, and come back home for the weekends until a suitable new place for the family can be found.
 

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Seeing that about 30% of Americans suffer some sort of anxiety disorder, I would call it mass hysteria by the 30%. The politicians who advance their careers by pushing fear claiming their concerns are the malingerers.
 

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I don't blame them. CT hates their product then they don't deserve their jobs and tax money.
 

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Its bitter sweet. You have companies in the middle. Its good that they take a stand and not spend their money where not wanted but all those workers and skilled labor. many of whom call these places home and cant or dont want to move. Not to mention the cost of uprooting and moving a business. Good for the business......bad ALL THE WAY around for the people. On another note, It might be just the ticket to get some POEPLE OUT OF THAT STATE TOO..people that can afford to pack up and go with the company get a pass to help them get out!!!
 

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On another note, It might be just the ticket to get some PEOPLE OUT OF THAT STATE TOO..people that can afford to pack up and go with the company get a pass to help them get out!!!
It could be good for the employees, actually. For those who would be willing to move to...say...Texas, they'd find that their salaries would go a lot further. No state income tax. Nice quality of living.
 

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Funny how they want to move their plant but continue to sell to LE in states where the common man has been prohibited from having their products.
 
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