The governors of Texas (no state income tax), South Dakota (no state income tax), and South Carolina have all made sales pitches to Connecticut’s gun manufacturers. Move, they have pleaded. Don’t stay in Connecticut, where you are not appreciated.
The great advantage of federalism is that if one state’s legislature decides to take away your liberty, you can move.
Each of the governors is sending a message to voters in his state: “I am on the side of gun owners.” Whether any of the gun manufacturers decides to make the switch, the governors have made their point.
With demand for guns at very high levels, all of them could start manufacturing guns in any of the three states. They could switch their ownership to a new state, keep the Connecticut plants open — continuity of management — and make the transition in steps. Why stay where you’re despised?
The Northeast — New Hampshire excepted — is anti-business, high-tax, and anti-gun. But there are states that are pro-business, low-tax, and pro-gun. Why not move?
The future is with liberty. If I were on the board at any of the companies, I would vote to switch. Texas would be my choice. I would recommend a new company slogan: “Made in Texas for Texans.” That would sell a lot of extra guns.