New York passed the SAFE law on gun manufacturers in January, after debating for one day. That sent a message to one gun manufacturer. It bought 600 acres — almost a square mile — of land in Pennsylvania. It’s moving out.
The Kahr company’s vice president of sales explained: “One of our big concerns was, OK, the SAFE Act was passed in the middle of the night. You wake up the next morning and boom, that was it. “We just felt like, gee, if they can do this, what can they do next?
It will not matter to Kahr what they do next. The company will be gone. It will simply remove itself from the jurisdiction of the government of New York.
This used to be called “voting with your feet.” If you get tired of living under a government’s taxes and regulations, you move.
State lawmakers think they can trap businesses. They are wrong. Business owners and voters can move. Most choose not to, but over time attrition takes over.
The Northeastern states, except for New Hampshire, are noted for their high-tax, high-regulation policies. New York and Massachusetts compete with each other in the race to pass more laws. So, New Hampshire keeps getting “refugees” from Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania gets them from New York.
For half a century, the Southeast and Texas have benefited. Business has steadily moved south. The labor unions of the Northeast have seen their employers board up the factories and leave. This is not going to change until the regulatory mania of northeastern voters finally subsides. It hasn’t so far. Neither has the exodus.
People can still vote with their feet. They can take their money and their guns, and move to greener pastures.