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Citing Second Amendment, Connecticut-Based Mossberg Expands Manufacturing in Texas

Adding a poor tax and regulatory environment to hostility to a specific industry is pretty damned near a guaranteed recipe for driving that industry elsewhere.

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Mossberg
Jeff Gunn

A few weeks ago, famous gun maker Beretta announced it was moving all of its manufacturing capacity to Tennessee in the wake of the passage of new gun restrictions by state officials in its old American base of Maryland.

"While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State," said Jeff Cooper, the company's general manager.

I missed it at the time, but shotgun-maker Mossberg had already said it would be expanding capacity thousands of miles from its headquarters in gun-banning Connecticut. That company also cited the political climate as a reason for the shift.

"Investing in Texas was an easy decision," said CEO Iver Mossberg. "It's a state that is not only committed to economic growth but also honors and respects the Second Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for our customers."

Connecticut has not only suffered the passage of onerous gun restrictions in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, but also massive defiance of the same, creating tens of thousands of instant felons. That has officials and their supporters among the pundit class very upset, with the editorial board of the Hartford Courant demanding mass arrests. That's not realistic—it's utterly insane—but there's no doubt the state is no longer the firearms-friendly place it was when the likes of Colt and Winchester chose it as home.

Mossberg also cited Texas' "low taxes" and "smart regulations," but that just added a little more sting to the company's slap at Connecticut. Chief Executive magazine ranks Texas as the best state in the country for business, with Tennessee, selected by Beretta, in third place. Connecticut comes in at 44 and Maryland at 41.

Adding a poor tax and regulatory environment to hostility to a specific industry is pretty damned near a guaranteed recipe for driving that industry elsewhere—and making it unlikely to return. While Mossberg will keep its headquarters in North Haven, Connecticut, for now, over 90 percent of its manufacturing capacity is in the Lone Star state.

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  1. Remington and Kimber are leaving NY, too.

    1. Magpul’s getting out of CO.

      1. Yep, moving to TX and WY. I imagine those assembly jobs will be much appreciated in Cheyenne.

        Nice touch on the limited edition Wyoming magazines.

        http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG704/PMAG

  2. Politicians used to at least not be fucking retarded when it came to passing laws to please TEAM OUTRAGE, but it seems their complete not giving a shit about economic realities has reached the point where they just don’t care.

    1. Turns out, government sorta prefers co-dependency over self-reliance.

    2. With stabilization bailouts from the feds, states have no motivation to increase economic liberty.

    3. Gerrymandering.

      When the competition stopped being between the two teams and started being a competition for who could be the most awesomest blue or red idiot this problem was fated to get worse.

    4. Who wants that blood money anyway! Good riddance I say. GOOD RIDDANCE!

  3. Have they no shame? What about economic state patriotism? The very right to be taxed and regulated until your business goes under.

    1. +1 economically challenged chief executive

    2. The very right to be taxed and regulated until your business goes under.

      Please be realistic; how can you expect politicians to give a business its bailout if it is healthy and profitable? Well?

  4. Connecticut? Isn’t this the same Connecticut that gave us the AR-15 Murders??

    1. and ironically, the same state whose citizens told gun-grabbers to go to hell when they tried to use the bloody shirts to force mass registrations.

      1. Citizens? Don’t you mean criminals?

  5. I’m a fan of your product, Mr. Mossberg.

    1. I used to kill a lot of ducks at crazy long distances with the Mossberg 835 Ulti mag. But they all seemed to have bad extractors so I had to dig the spent shells out of the chamber. Now i keep it simple with a Benelli SBE II. And for the low cost of only seven mossbergs.

      1. Thanks, Duke.

      2. Still carrying around a $200 2nd hand camo ugly bashed up mossberg 835 3 1/2 inch for grouse, woodcock, and pheasant. Nothing but reliable to me, this one was likely manufactured in mid-2000s.

        And then I point out that my least expensive gun is the one I use the most. And yes, I usually use 2 3/4 inch loads on the grouse.

      3. I bought my SBE I back in 93. After countless thousands of rounds still works like a champ.

        1. I owned two 835s from the 90s and they both failed to eject the 3.5″ shells on a regular basis. Maybe they fixed the ejector.

          The SBE is great but I’ve had some feeding issues using the cheap Walmart Smokechester dove rounds. Those shells suck. I’ve watched birds knocked down with them and then get up and fly away.

          1. The owners manual actually warns that until the action loosens up it might have trouble with the light loads. I had that problem as well but it was fine after a few hundred rounds. Never used light rounds much anyway.

            The SBE is retired to the dedicated waterfowl gun now. Got a Franchi Alcione now for upland. It’s lighter and a quicker than the Benelli. I luv me some Eyetalian shotguns.

    2. Some Mossbergs saw duty in Viet Nam, although the Ithaca was more common.

      1. The Mossberg 590A1 is standard issue for the military, though the Marines switched over to the M1014 (aka Benelli M4) and the Army has started switching over to the M26 Modular Shotgun System.

    3. Both my sons started their hunting careers with the Mossberg 510 youth models. They worked great for them.

  6. If our stupid president can propose ridiculous, economic patriotism pledges, how soon before we see the same proposal from these dipshit states that want to tax and regulate any businesses right out of their state lines?

      1. I am the son and heir.

        1. Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar?

  7. Adding a poor tax and regulatory environment to hostility to a specific industry is pretty damned near a guaranteed recipe for driving that industry elsewhere

    This just isn’t possible. I have been told repeatedly the the only thing that regulations hinder is abortion clinics.

  8. Jack Daniels is in TN. I’m just saying.

    1. Yes, and in a dry county.

      1. How does that work?

        1. Baptists and Bootleggers, of course.

    2. Beam is better anyway.

      1. Just had a free sample of the Beam version of fireball the other day. Not big on flavored stuff but wasn’t bad. You could still taste the Bourbon.

        1. Blech! swill…. I’ll take an 18 year old Islay Scotch

          1. Pricey stuff. I like the 12 yr Caol Ila.

    3. Q: What is Tennessee’s favorite whiskey?

      A: Jack Daniels

      Q: What is Tennessee’s favorite wine?

      A: “We’re going to beat Alabama next year!”

      1. ouch. last time I was down there, there was no pretense that was going to happen anytime soon.

    4. The TN brewery is mostly just for show. The vast majority of JD is produced in Kentucky.

  9. Won’t make a difference to me, Mossberg lost my business for all time when they issues a DEA commemorative shotgun.

    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/…..l-edition/

    1. I did not know that. Doesn’t matter to me, I’ve never owned a mossberg and am not buying anymore guns for a long time.

      1. Serving a jail term?

        1. Domestic violence against my wife, who is some sort of Python-alligator hybrid woman. Still just because you don’t have opposable thumbs is no excuse for dinner to be late.

          1. C’mon you have to cut her some slack. Do you know how hard it is to hitch hike back from working the corner with no thumbs (opposable or not)?

    2. Unfortunately, gun makers LOVE them some gubmint contracts. There is also an unfortunate overlap between the gun culture and the ‘Murica! culture.

      1. Yep, I have a personal list of gun/gun-related companies on the boycott list due to their shameless government shilling

        Colt
        Armalite
        Mossberg
        Cheytac (out of business, good riddance)
        HS Precision
        KAC

        Ruger has largely been forgiven for their AWB support.

        1. Ruger has largely been forgiven for their AWB support.

          +1 4″ .45 Colt Redhawk.

        2. Troy Industries is on my list for hiring Dale Munroe.

          1. Good tip, almost forgot that one. I need to write this down. 🙂

  10. I wonder how the people of Connecticut would feel if all those hedge funds moved to Texas?

  11. Connecticut has not only suffered the passage of onerous gun restrictions in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, but also massive defiance of the same, creating tens of thousands of instant felons.

    Progtards consider this a feature, not a bug. Anything to criminalize their political opponents.

    1. “What is the purpose of having laws if the right people don’t break them?”

  12. This is why I buy eastern-bloc guns. At least they aren’t pretending it isn’t dirty commie steel.

    1. I feel the same way about wives.

      1. I don’t care who you are…

  13. But if it saves just one child!

    1. Then it’s ineffective.

  14. Chief Executive magazine ranks Texas as the best state in the country for business, with Tennessee, selected by Beretta, in third place.

    Don’t the editors of Chief Executive know that 7 of the top 10 states in their list of “best states to do business” are controlled by the loony SoCons who know nothing about economic issues and only care about pushing their morality down everyone’s throat?

    1. *loony SoCons who know nothing about economic issues and only care about pushing their morality down everyone’s throat?*

      LOL, as opposed to progtards and their take on “morality”.

      1. Well, at least progtards care about marriage equality. Thank Darwin we still have the right to purchase gay wedding cakes baked by Christians.

  15. We’ll see if the free market can overcome socialism.

    It’ll be interesting to see how this ends up. Will the blue states continue to decline into jobless entitlement cesspools or will they wise up as their industry leaves? If Detroit is any indicator, Imma guess the former.

    1. They’re wising up already: they’ll federalize all the idiocy so that they can’t be outcompeted anymore. PPACA is step one.

  16. Not interested in Mossberg. This might make me give them a look.

    Till then, we’ll carry on with the trusty Ithaca, Fox and Brownings.

  17. Sometimes you jsut have to roll with it.

    http://www.AnonWays.tk

  18. “Hartford Courant demanding mass arrests.”

    This right here speaks voles about these douchebags. How many homes are those at the Hart. Courant (who espouse this nonsense) going to barge in and confiscate weapons of these folks and then proceed to haul them off to jail? That’s right, the homeowner just might defend themselves against aggression, kidnapping and violence. So these folks would rather hide behind a politician and the police state, while having them do their bidding.

    These folks are no different than those who rallied for the state to kill Jesus. Mind you, Jesus was against the state (which killed him and others in his group….beheadings, crucifixion, and so on) and called the tax collectors sinners. Go anarchist Jesus!! How much friggin history do folks need to ignore???

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