Friday, April 12, 2013
Colt Firearms also made gatling guns, a Civil War and Spanish-American War predecessor to machine guns. This 1894 gun stands in front of a vintage photo of the Colt manufacturing complex in Hartford (previously shown here and here).
Connecticut's new gun control legislation poses a real dilemma for the state's remaining firearms manufacturers, including the successors to the Colt firearms businesses. It is still legal to make certain firearms in Connecticut but it is now illegal for the state's residents to buy them. So, if Connecticut customers can't legally buy their products, but customers in most other states can, why should these firearms manufacturers continue to make their products in a high cost state like Connecticut?
A couple of Connecticut companies have already announced relocations of their businesses, and others -- including Colt -- are openly considering moves.