ATI to relocate to South Carolina to avoid N.Y. gun laws

American Tactical Imports (ATI) is the latest gun manufacturing company to flee New York’s draconian gun laws for safer grounds, citing the state’s passage of the SAFE Act and Summerville, South Carolina’s proximity to the port-of-entry for several of their imported products.

The move will bring more than 115 jobs to South Carolina where locals are supportive of the company’s move.  “The people of South Carolina have welcomed ATI with open arms and we are excited about making our new corporate home there,” said company president Tony DiChario.  ATI will invest nearly $3 million in Summerville, a Charleston suburb.

ATI is only one of many gun companies to announce relocation plans away from anti-gun states.  Magpul released plans to move from Colorado after the state’s passage of new gun control laws that ultimately lead to two state politicians getting recalled.

PTR Industries makes semiautomatic rifles in Connecticut and will be moving their company to Aynor, South Carolina.  Stag Arms may follow suit.

New York-based Kahr Firearms recently purchased a 620-acre plot of land in rural Pike County, Pennsylvania and will soon move its headquarters out of the gun-restricted state.

Other gun manufacturers like Connecticut-based Sturm and Ruger are not abandoning the Northeast state quite yet, but are investing in facilities elsewhere in the United States.

Firearm manufacturer Kahr plans escape from New York

kahr-logoPopular manufacturer of firearms, Kahr, has released plans to escape from the state of New York and their increasingly draconian gun laws and relocate to nearby Pennsylvania, the latest company from around the nation to announce major relocations in response to strict new gun laws.  Kahr plans to purchase 620 acres of land in Blooming Grove Township, a small community in the northeast part of the state.

According to the company, Kahr’s move will be performed in phases – starting late this year.  The initial phase is to build new corporate offices and move their business operations to their new headquarters.  The second phase includes the relocation of their manufacturing facilities for all of their product lines (Kahr, Thompson, Auto-Ordnance, and Magnum Research).

“We anticipate generating significant numbers of revenue and jobs for the local Northeastern Pennsylvania economy with the construction of facilities, expansion of manufacturing, and need for local vendors,” the company said.

Note:  Revenue and jobs in Pennsylvania will come as New York loses at least as many due to the state of New York’s hard-line stance on civilian disarmament through arbitrary gun laws, registrations and stiff licensing requirements.