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February 22, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Connecticut’s senior senior bristled at a Mississippi lawmaker’s invitation for gun manufacturers to relocate from the Nutmeg State to the South.

Mississippi speaker of the state House Philip Gunn (R) wrote to gun manufacturers, including three in Connecticut, extending an invitation to relocate.

“Gun manufacturers are under attack in anti-Second Amendment states. Today, I wrote a letter to the CEOs of leading firearm manufacturers, including Magpul and Colt, urging them to relocate to Mississippi where their industry and jobs will be appreciated,” Gunn said in a statement yesterday. “Spread this message to help us create a grassroots movement so they know they’ll be welcomed here with open arms.”

Colt is located in Hartford, Conn., where its been since the company’s founding in the mid-19th century.

“You have provided many jobs to the state of Connecticut for many years and now because of national politics you are being demonized,” Gunn wrote to Colt CEO Dennis Veilleux. “…We need more businesses to establish home base in Mississippi.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the letter a “preposterous pitch” that shows why gun control is needed.

“In deciding to stay or locate here, companies will consider that our state has the best and most skilled workforce in the nation, a superlative quality of life and a superior education system. We support second amendment rights and responsible gun ownership, far from demonizing fire arms products made here. We have supported those constitutional rights along with lawful activities like recreational shooting and hunting,” Blumenthal said.

“This preposterous pitch to companies with long, successful histories in our state shows the need for national standards and statutes to reduce gun violence. Competition among states for less protective laws is a race to the bottom that should be avoided,” he continued. “The poison of illegal gun trafficking respects no state boundaries and threatens to cause more horrific tragedies like Newtown and the 1,900 gun violence deaths that have occurred since then. Responsible gun manufacturers and owners have welcomed reasonable, common sense measures to reduce gun violence and I will continue to reach out to both groups.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The truth is the Dems, Blumenthal included, would prefer to keep the manufacturers where they can be controlled. 'Course if they moved offshore, that'd be OK because it'll be easy to ban imports. Nasty old guns!
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"'We support second amendment rights and responsible gun ownership, far from demonizing fire arms products made here. We have supported those constitutional rights along with lawful activities like recreational shooting and hunting,' Blumenthal said."

But nothing but contempt for the reasons why the Second Amendment rights EXIST. Connecticut's gun-free zone laws make a mockery of Blumenthal's defense.
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just read where some gun manufacturers are not going to sell their products to state & local government entities that ban their weapons to Americans.

now we need to stop the sale of all those billions of man killing bullets to corrupted fed agencies. i smell a rat. that's o.k. when they start this chit we will just take them off their useful idiots, as the rest run away.
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So let me see if I have this right. ....

The company founded by the guy who invented the first practical REPEATING revolver that gave a single man 6 while his opponent was armed with a single shot (that would be aa 6:1 advantage in lethality)pistol is being lobbied to move to another state because political critters in that state the company is located in doesn't feel people should have weapons that have a decent ammunition capacity for self defense - and they wanna get upset? !?
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I don't understand what Mr. Blumenthal is all up in arms about. If his state's gun laws are reasonable then this letter should have little or no effect. Seems he's raising a big fuss over nothing..

Unless, of course, he knows that his state's gun laws are, in fact, ridiculous.
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal apparently never understood the saying "God made man, but Samuel Colt made them equal". The ability to shoot multiple shots without reloading means you don't have to be physically strong or an excellent shooter to stop the bad guy from advancing toward you. Just aim for center mass and keep pulling the trigger. The pro-2nd amendment states that appreciate guns would be proud to welcome both gun manufacturers and their skilled workers.
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threatens to cause more horrific tragedies like Newtown and the 1,900 gun violence deaths that have occurred since then.

Most of which have been in super gun control Chicago.
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threatens to cause more horrific tragedies like Newtown and the 1,900 gun violence deaths that have occurred since then.

The majority of which are in super gun controlled Chicago.

Wyoming should be courting the gun manufacturers. No state income tax.
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