Stag Arms Leaving Connecticut
Stag Arms has been based in New Britain, Connecticut since 2003, and has watched support for the firearms industry in that state erode significantly. So they are moving to a community out of state that is more friendly to gun manufacturers. They haven’t made the decision on where yet, but they’re not alone- it’s been happening regularly in the US.
The announcement of their pending relocation was posted on Friday, June 7. It reads:
Today, Stag Arms announced that its Board of Directors has decided to relocate the company from its current facility in New Britain, CT, as part of its strategic initiative to significantly improve the overall customer experience. The location of Stag’s new headquarters has not been finalized but the Board has narrowed down the options to a short list of vibrant communities where there is significant support for the firearms industry.
Stag Arms President, Anthony Ash, stated: “Not since the founding of our Company in 2003 have there been so many great things happening at once. We began our journey with a commitment to bring customers innovative products with uncompromising quality through 100% American Made components. We pioneered the left-handed Modern Sporting Rifle and from Day 1 we have backed all of our rifles with Infinite Shot Barrel and Lifetime Transferable Warranties. Our recent release of our newest product line of PXCs, Stag’s innovative multiple pistol caliber AR, continues the tradition.”
Mr. Ash further stated, “Stag is creating a seamless, integrated value chain that will incorporate best practices from design and engineering, to manufacturing, omni-channel customer engagement, fulfillment, and service. The pieces are in place and we are ready to transition production and fulfillment operations immediately from a narrow facility-based approach in New Britain to a distributed eco-system.”
The Board expects to finalize the location of the headquarters in the next few months and the company then will begin the process of relocating sales and remaining back office functions to the new headquarters location.
Stag Arms now joins Magpul that left Colorado and ended up in Wyoming, as well as Weatherby that left California and also ended up in Wyoming.
As Guns.com noted,
Although Olin-Winchester is still headquartered in Illinois, for the past several years they have been rapidly shifting manufacturing jobs to their plant in deep red Mississippi, a key ammo maker for the military that produces everything but shotgun shells. Similarly, rifle maker LMT moved from their Illinois home of 40 years to more accommodating Indiana.
Long based in Babylon, New York, Check-Mate produces a wide range of products including both surgical tools and well-received firearms magazines. Now, they are shifting a lot of production to a new location in Thomasville, Georgia in a move that will bring a $16 million investment and create 230 jobs in the Peachtree State. Other New York-based gun companies, such as Kimber and Remington, have likewise moved jobs out of the Empire State as well.
Blue states are bleeding jobs and taxes from their ridiculous gun-hating policies that have not made anyone safer. Connecticut has, in recent years, been moving against legal gun owners with everything from Red Flag laws to taxing ammunition. It’s no wonder Stag is leaving.
Featured photo: screenshot Stag Arms photo via Guns.com.