In the past several months, left leaning politicians in a number of states have quietly seized on the latest crisis to try to slip through draconian new measures that trample the 2nd Amendment for their own gain. This effort has won them a few victories but already the dark clouds are building on the horizon that they may have bitten off more than they can chew.
Flight of the Manufacturers
Some of the largest and best-known firearms, ammunition, and accessory makes in the country coincidentally are located in states that have chosen to turn their back on the very industry that directly benefits these states. In New York, Remington has had one of their man factories, located at Ilion, for centuries. This factory and its 1300 well-paying jobs are now in jeopardy of being relocated to other, friendlier locales.
In Connecticut, with the state legislature there looking to get tough on guns, Colt Firearms, a staple in the state for more than 150-years, is thinking of pulling stumps and leaving with its 700 highly paid manufacturing jobs. In Maryland, Beretta is biting its fingernails with gun control legislation making its way through the halls of Annapolis lawmakers.
If these companies pull out, odds are it will be to gun friendly Idaho/Wyoming, Texas, or the Deep South. In recent years, these states have seen an influx of new firearms activities due to welcoming local governments and ready labor pools. Belgian arms giant FN is located in North Carolina and is expanding. Glock's US operations are in Georgia. When Remington acquired the 150-year old Marlin Firearms Company, they closed the Marlin works in Connecticut and moved it to Kentucky. Texas already includes such heavy hitters as La Rue Tactical, DSG Arms, Swordfish Tactical, and Maverick. Much in the way that large car factories are now locating to the south due to bad labor practices in Detroit, gun makers could move right in next door due to bad political decisions in Albany and Denver. Speaking of Denver....
In Colorado, Magpul has pulled the trigger on its threat to move from the state if the Governor signed a ban on standard capacity magazines. In a statement on their facebook page, the company said, "We have said all along that based on the legal problems and uncertainties in the bill, as well as general principle, we will have no choice but to leave if the Governor signs this into law. We will start our transition out of the state almost immediately, and we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first. We expect the first PMAGs to be made outside CO within 30 days of the signing, with the rest to follow in phases. "
(The Unreported Cost of Colorado Gun Control)
Quiet majority speaks up
Long silently sitting by and waiting for the other shoe to drop, pro-2A minded individuals have been calling, writing, emailing, and just generally taking to any means of communication there is to get their side of the story out. In New York, Governor Cuomo, largely the face of the strict new gun laws there, has seen his polls plummet in the past 90 days. According to, a Quinnipiac University poll: , "55% of Republican voters disapprove of Cuomo, with 27% approving of his job performance. In December, 74% of Republicans approved of Cuomo's performance."
This has caused Cuomo to come out and quietly talk about easing some restrictions in the new law.
With the volume of calls at one of its highest levels in history, Senator Dianne Feinstein's absurd "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013" made it out of committee but will not be included in the overall package of bills that the senate will look at. The specter of having to see voters at the midterm elections in 2014 is apparently weighing in on the House and Senate. Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader in the body said simply that, "I have said I want people to have the ability to vote on various gun measures. My job is to find one of those that I can bring to the floor." Mr. Reid said that while he felt sympathy for Ms. Feinstein, her bill had far fewer than the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster.
Flighty 'activists' fade away
While polls taken in December 2012 showed a dramatic increase in the public's feelings towards tighter gun control, three months later it looks like this is waning. According to CNN, "In the immediate aftermath of the shootings in Connecticut, the number of rural Americans who supported major gun restrictions rose to 49% but now that support has dropped 22 points."
Meanwhile embarrassing incidents such as the purchasing of an AR-15 by recent gun control advocate Mark Kelly, pictures of a Bloomberg-backed anti-gun lobbyist shooting the very 'assault weapons' he is trying to ban and having a blast doing it, and others seems to be short circuiting the mechanism. This all leads to the question of whether they have the conviction to drink their own koolaide, or are just content with watching the masses drink it for them.
While the old believers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are just getting warmed up.