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The way things are going...

...if the Civil War re-erupts, the arms industry will be in the South this time...

Connecticut gun maker moving to South Carolina, in wake of tighter state gun laws.
 

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Thus far, aside from Beretta leaving MD, I haven't seen any of the really big companies moving, though Colt has made a few noises, and I believe that Gov. Perry paid them a visit.

But I haven't heard anything from S&W, Ruger, Marlin, Mossberg, or Springfield Armory.  And Remington accepted a $40 million contract from the state of NY, which many have interpreted as a payoff to get them to stay in NY.

Bottom line: I'll believe it when I see it.

(Of course, with Glock already in GA and FN in SC, the South has a pretty good start.)
 
Unfortunately, I think the 2nd American Civil War will look more like the Spanish Civil War of the 1930's than the first one. At least until broader geographic areas are consolidated by the various factions. And I doubt there will be just 2 of them.
 
 We should have a Civil war...  After all, all of the cool (by Barry's standard at least) countries are having one....Egypt, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan........
 
Ruger manufactures in Arizona, ISTR. With others having loactions in the NE and south, they don't have to make a big production of moving. They just consolidate ops in a friendly state. Evantually, I think that's what is going to happen. Remington has talked, off and on, about leaving NY for some time.
 
 If the Second Civil War starts, not only will the gun makers move south, so will I!!!
 
I'm sure it was an easy sell to the employees: Stay here, unemployed in the cold, taxed-to-death, gun-hating state of Conn, or move to Myrtle Beach with a good job and low cost of living.
 
 Or, Oldloadr, to quote a great American, "Don't throw me in that briar patch!"
 
Quartermaster, you are correct.  The only thing Ruger has left in the Northeast is a HQ building which is slowly shifting actual work ad decisions to the Arizona office.  I truly think they leave what they have there until someone hits retirement, then that function shifts!