Massachusetts is increasing pushes for gun control legislation, showing a continued trend towards tighter restrictions on gun manufacturers and sales. While these pushes seem in line with current population demands in the state, the changes are not beneficial to manufacturers in the state.
Troy Industries, a leading U.S. gun manufacturer, is transferring its headquarters from the left-leaning state to protect its operations and interests. The CEO and founder, Steve Troy, Jr., is moving the company to Clarksville, Tennesse. In a statement, the CEO announced the move was indeed motivated by the “changing climate for firearms manufacturers in the state.”
troy is not the first, and likely won't be the last
For decades, Massachusetts was home to some of the most notable firearm brands, including Smith & Wesson. While not entirely removed from the state, Smith & Wesson, a Massachusetts-born company, began moving out of the state when legislative changes started impacting operational and manufacturing. Today, most of their production and distribution stems from the Missouri-based facility.
States focusing on gun control legislation are quickly seeing a response within the industry, with many companies moving to other, more welcoming states. Kimber and Check-Mate are steadily transitioning from New York to Georgia and Alabama. In 2013, with the adoption of magazine capacity limits, Magpul left Colorada. Similarly, changes in California forced Weatherby, a rifle maker, to relocate to Wyoming.
While not all manufacturers are leaving states like Troy Industries, many are finding ways to get around manufacturing and production restrictions. Olin-Winchester, an ammunitions maker, shifted production from Illinois to Missippi to avoid increasing regulatory hurdles. Additionally, Lewis Machine & Tool, currently LMT, recently opened a new facility in Iowa, also navigating Illinois’s increasing gun control focus.
While states begin to focus on the gun control debate, it is also crucial to consider the industrial and economic consequences of such decisions. There is something to be said for going with the court of public opinion, but something can also be said for an industry that is equally a part of the American spirit.
how does moving affect troy industries future
From all appearances, Troy Industries is as strong and financially sound as ever. The move is not a result of an economic downturn. It is a personal and political choice, one made with a clear focus on its future growth.
With the continuing changes and calls for change in Massachusetts, the company was operating on borrowed time. There was no saying how many more regulatory hurdles would be imposed on manufacturers remaining in the state. By leaving, Troy Industries is apparently giving the state what it wants.
Legislative pushes and political leanings evolved to the point of being unwelcoming to gun manufacturers and suppliers. While it might not have been the state’s initial intent to force an industry out, Massachusetts has succeeded in that endeavor. Whether you believe the gun control advocates to be misguided or just, the country needs to find a way to work together toward a collective goal. It doesn’t seem like alienating an entire industry, especially those most informed about the statistical and operational pitfalls, is how to resolve the gun control debate.
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