Gun Valley Moves South, Part 2

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 3 weeks ago

Many firearms manufacturers, from Mossberg (who is now in Texas) to Ruger (who is now in North Carolina) have joined an already large contingent of firearms manufacturers who were born in the South or have made their home here, including Daniel Defense (Georgia), Wilson Combat, (Arkansas), FN (South Carolina), Palmetto State Armory (South Carolina), etc.

Troy Industries may be the most recent to relocate, as they have begun building in Tennessee.

But there is still a large portion of firearms still manufactured in the North.

Based on data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which analyzed five categories of firearm production (pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and others), the report identified the states where most firearms are manufactured. In 2019, New Hampshire accounted for the most firearm production of any state, with 1.2 million guns, followed by Missouri, Florida, North Carolina and Mississippi. Those five states made up more than half of all licensed firearms produced in the country.

New Hampshire produced the most rifles, at nearly 328,000, and pistols, with more than 700,000, in 2019, while Florida manufactured the most revolvers: nearly 190,000. Texas produced the most shotguns, at about 191,000, while Mississippi followed closely behind with 188,000. The two states made up 79% of all shotgun production in 2019.

I’m not certain who is in Mississippi, Florida or Missouri, but the obvious big actor in New Hampshire is SIG Sauer who has at least six plants in that state, with no manufacturing left in Germany.

Massachusetts also accounts for a large firearms manufacturing portfolio.

The American firearms industry was born in Massachusetts. As recently as 2018 the Commonwealth ranked as the largest producer of guns in America, according to Bloomberg News, accounting for about 1 out of every 4 of guns made each year — including military-assault-style rifles …

The gun industry in Massachusetts is a source of jobs, with companies that make guns that are used for recreational purposes and by officers of the law. But it also manufactures assault-style weapons that are sold to civilians out of state, such as the AR-15.

New Hampshire may be a tough nut to crack, as New Hampshire gun laws are quite favorable, and as best as I can determine, their plants are not unionized.

But this may all be about to come to an end for Smith & Wesson in Massachusetts.

BOSTON — State Rep. Frank Moran and three other Democratic legislators are proposing a bill which would outlaw the manufacturing of assault weapons in Massachusetts that are banned from being sold in the state.

The state has banned civilians from buying or owning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines for decades, but companies like Smith & Wesson, with headquarters in Springfield, can still make the guns in Massachusetts and sell them elsewhere.

Backed by parents who lost children to mass shootings and the Stop Handgun Violence organization, Moran, who represents Lawrence, launched the effort Tuesday with the support of fellow lawmakers. They filed legislation that would extend the existing assault weapon ban to cover the manufacturing of guns sold to civilians.

There are of course a host of ways to address this, including [but not limited to] refusing to sell weapons to police in states that have such bans.

One of the most obvious for S&W will be relocation.  If they can’t fabricate their S&M M&P ARs to sell to anyone but law enforcement, they’ll go bust (at least, this is my prediction).

One has to wonder anyway why they would still wish to be ensconced in a state who doesn’t want them.

Prior: Gun Valley Moves South


Comments

  1. On May 31, 2021 at 11:41 am, Brad said:

    Kimber has moved out of New York to the the south as well

  2. On May 31, 2021 at 9:58 pm, D said:

    NH unionized? LOL. Where to start … the chief issue with any plant moving to N.H. is the lack of machinists. Even Sig constantly has difficulty staffing their workers and often pass around operators with nearby shops. Also we have 1.5 million people here so …
    The companies like sw who reside in nazi states do so because of employee availability, transportation hubs and tax breaks from corrupt Stalinist legislatures and congressmen who stay in office due to, again, the large scale employment of their constituents.
    All that said, NH is a shit show of right to work, low wage, high tax, democratic natural wonderland. You can argue your definition of “capitalism” and free market, but the reality is you don’t know what that really means. NH is representative of the us. Did you see the last atty General was just appointed to the CHIEF JUSTICE of the N.H. SUPREME COURT? It’s a conundrum of quantifiable corruption; but damn the leaves are pretty in October.
    Live fee then die.

  3. On May 31, 2021 at 10:37 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    @D,

    I think you misread that. I said NH wasn’t unionized.

    And apparently SIG doesn’t have so many problems that they’ve decided to move.

    Whatever. I think the best of everything is South, not North.

  4. On June 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm, D said:

    I agree, the south is where it’s at for manufacturing. I was laughing at the possibility of unionization, though I’d be curious to see it.

  5. On June 2, 2021 at 9:07 am, DDS said:

    I’m going to guess the answer to your question about Florida and Revolvers is “Taurus.”

    Those of you in the North intent on running off your firearms industry probably shouldn’t watch this clip.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S72nI4Ex_E0

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