Civil Liberties

Kahr Firearms Abandons NY Over Repressive Laws

The company finds Pennsylvania more attractive


Yet another gun manufacturer is voting with its feet, and leaving a state because of its overreach on regulation. Instead of opening a new facility in Orange County, N.Y. with 80 to 100 new jobs, Kahr Firearms Group will instead relocate over the Delaware River into Pike County, Penn.

Earlier this year, a number of Connecticut gun makers announced their intention to pick up and move their facilities out of state when politicians there enacted some of the strictest gun laws in the country. PTR Industries announced it was leaving for the more welcoming climes of Myrtle Beach, S.C., as did Stag Arms, which is deciding between South Carolina and Texas.

It's a movement still gaining steam, with manufacturers leaving oppressive states for those offering more freedom. Texas, in particular, has been vocal about welcoming gun makers, and is one of the locations Magpul Industries is considering as it plans to vacate Colorado.