Colt’ gun manufacturer threatens to abandon Connecticut if the state imposes stricter gun laws

by HAYLEY PETERSON, Daily Mail  |  published on March 23, 2013

A gun manufacturer has threatened to relocate its headquarters outside Connecticut if the state tightens up its gun laws after the December mass shooting at one of its elementary schools.

Dennis Veilleux, CEO of Colt’s Manufacturing Co., which is based in West Hartford, warned that he would take his business elsewhere if Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy doesn’t stop pursuing a ban on semiautomatic weapons like the kind Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.

‘A ban of the most popular semiautomatic rifle in the United States for what are essentially cosmetic reasons would make no one safer and punish a vital Connecticut industry,’ he wrote in an op-ed in the Hartford Courant.

Veilleux argued that the Colt brand would be tarnished by the ban and drive customers to buy their weapons elsewhere.

‘Although our Connecticut heritage has historically enhanced our brand, that will change overnight if we ban the modern sporting rifle,’ Veilleux wrote. ‘I know one thing that the governor’s proposed ban will do: It will irreparably damage – if not destroy – the brand of any Connecticut firearms manufacturer.’

As a result, Veilleux wrote, he might be forced to accept the offers of his many suitors to relocate.

‘Like every other precision manufacturer in Connecticut, Colt is constantly approached by other states to relocate, but our roots here are deep,’ he wrote. ‘I know, however, that someday soon, I will again be asked why we fight to keep well-paying manufacturing jobs in Connecticut.

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