Second Amendment

Gun Makers Consider Leaving Connecticut

No reason to stay where you're not welcome

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Gun and magazine manufacturers said Wednesday that they are still not sure of the full impact of Connecticut's gun-control bill, adding that they are uncertain whether they will keep their companies in the state.

Three pro-gun advocates came to the Capitol press room and said that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's repeated public assurances that they are still welcome in Connecticut were meaningless.

"His assurances mean nothing to me," said Mark Malkowski of Stag Arms, a rifle manufacturing company that has 200 employees in New Britain.

The gun advocates said they had not seen a manufacturer's exemption in the 139-page bill, saying they are unsure if the ban against possession of magazines would apply to a truck driver who was leaving a manufacturing plant with magazines inside the truck.