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Malkin: Firearms Industry Breaking With Liberal States

By Michelle Malkin

Here's the latest example of head-splitting cognitive dissonance in Washington: President Obama used his State of the Union address to crusade for a revitalized U.S. manufacturing sector. But while he pays lip service to supporting businesses that build their products on American soil, Obama and his left-wing operatives are hell-bent on driving a key sector of the U.S. manufacturing industry six feet under: the American firearms and ammunition industry.

The White House is pushing new government spending to "spur economic growth," protect manufacturing plants and "create good-paying jobs" to help America's middle class. Yet across the country, with aggressive lobbying by the White House itself, Democrats are working to destroy tens of thousands of good-paying jobs and the firms that created them. Assault rhetoric has lasting real-world consequences.

In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed radical, ineffectual gun-grabbing measures that are backfiring in more ways than one. Nearly half a dozen gun companies have now announced that they will no longer sell their products to police in the Empire State. In protest of Cuomo's gun-control regime banning citizens from owning semi-automatic rifles or shotguns because of cosmetic features deemed "military-style," Washington-based Olympic Arms "will no longer be doing business with the State of New York or any governmental entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York."

According to USA Today, other companies including "LaRue Tactical, York Arms, Templar Custom and EFI, as well as sporting-goods retailer Cheaper Than Dirt" have also joined the sales boycott of New York.

Worse news for New York citizens: At least one local manufacturer, the storied Remington Arms Company founded in Ilion, N.Y., in 1816, is in dire financial danger as a result of Cuomo's draconian regulations. The company's innovations in weaponry and ammunition have been used in sporting, self-defense, law enforcement and warfare for two centuries.

Now, as a result of hysteria-induced government pandering, nearly 40 percent of Remington's weapons can no longer be sold to citizens legally. Its small-town plant employs more than 1,300 people in a town of 8,000 and generates revenue of an estimated $400 million from sales in the U.S. and 55 other countries. As an Ilion local official noted, "Remington is not only a major employer, but it's a historic employer. It's been part of our very fiber for 200 years."

And so it is with the rest of the industry. Despite tough economic times, firearms and ammunition companies have created nearly 27,000 well-paying jobs over the past two years alone, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Businesses in the United States that manufacture, distribute and sell firearms, ammunition and hunting equipment employ nearly 100,000 people in the U.S. and generate an additional 110,000-plus jobs in supplier and ancillary industries.

"These are good jobs, paying an average of $46,858 in wages and benefits," the NSSF reports. In addition, "the firearms and ammunition industry was responsible for as much as $31.84 billion in total economic activity in the country ... (and) the industry and its employees pay over $2.07 billion in taxes including property, income and sales based levies."

In my adopted home state of Colorado, where unemployment hovers near 8 percent, nearly a dozen businesses are being forced to consider leaving their home state because of extremist gun-control proposals. Vice President Joe Biden himself leaned on Democratic lawmakers to support an arbitrary 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. So, what have Sheriff Joe and his gun-grabbing pals wrought? Denver-based ammo magazine manufacturer Magpul served notice that it will take its 400 full-time employees and subcontractors somewhere else. Magpul generates some $85 million in spending in the state.

As the Denver Post reported, the privately held company makes an array of consumer products in addition to sales to the military, law enforcement and gun owners. And because Magpul has made a conscientious effort to support other Colorado companies, the ripple effect could reach far beyond the gun industry -- including several cutting-edge innovators in the plastics-injection-molding business. One of Magpul's most important contractors, Denver-based Alfred Manufacturing Co., employs 150 residents. It, too, will "relocate part or all of our operations out of state" if Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper enacts the stringent gun-control regime pushed by Biden and company. The company has already put expansion plans on hold.

Smart lawmakers from Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona and South Carolina are now courting Remington away from New York and Magpul away from Colorado. For now, these states can offer business-friendly, Second Amendment-defending climates that support a demonized industry. But how much longer will it be until Obama and the pro-jobs hypocrites on Capitol Hill find new, more nefarious ways to obstruct this innovation-driving, wealth-producing sector of the American economy? Make no mistake: Gun-control demagoguery is a lethal weapon.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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  1. RobertRComment by RobertR
    February 22, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Anybody who really thought Obama wouldn’t come after guns in his 2nd term was smoking some of Colorado’s finest. He is anti-2nd Amendment and has been ever since he first set foot in a government office. This was a sure bet to happen and all they needed was a catalyst. It further supports the end game of divide and conquer. Hopefully we’ll get some of these companies to come to Texas. Texas will appreciate the jobs and help our economy as well.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      And I’m pretty sure we’d all be happy to help them move RobertR.

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    • hog611Comment by hog611
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      We want them in Louisiana!
      All of them !

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:33 am

      Obama won’t be happy until all gun and ammunition production is outsourced to China,,,,nuke production soon to follow. Let them come to Texas where they and their jobs will be welcomed with open arms as the Blue state citizens just become more economicially and morally blacker and bluer. Tell their employees they will pay NO STAE INCOME TAX, they can buy 35% more home for the same price and gasoline is 40 cent/gallon cheaper as is food and other necessities, sans the obligatory Liberal kickback tax to corrupt Blue State Democrat political machines, sans politicians who think THEY know better how to spend your hard earned cash than you do. “Firearms industry breaking with Liberal States”????? more like Liberal states will be breaking for lack of firearms industries and others who will flee from their Liberal oppression. Soon unlike the last civil war where the North held all the economic manufacturing capability,,,it will be the South who is armed to the teeth.

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    • mrwilsonComment by mrwilson
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:38 am

      Gracious Southern hospitality will never end; y’all come see us now….
      The Remington factory is a massive complex built of brick and impossible to move down yonder.
      Even more difficult to move would be the hundred years of social, cultural, familial, economic, and historic roots that grow in Ilion, N.Y.
      It would be a far better thing to move the moronic governor of the state of New York. Yes, and while in the process move the mayor of New York City too.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

      Better not try to move them to Texas. They’re a better fit for California anyway.

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    • mike1Comment by mike1
      February 22, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

      Colorado must be so high up in the mountains that they are inhaling air coming from CA. They legalize pot, and now they are going after the guns and destroying business and jobs right along with the guns. Guess they have already fried their brains with the pot.

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    • mike1Comment by mike1
      February 22, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

      Cuomo is a blithering liberal idiot of the worst kind. YN needs to get rid of him and the Blooming idiot mayor of NY City.

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  2. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    February 22, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    I went on Magpul’s Facebook page and invited them to move to my community. I hope Perry is courting them in addition to the New York and California companies.

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    • texasoltimerComment by texasoltimer
      February 22, 2013 @ 9:34 am

      I’ve invited them as well and several I know have written them letters. We’d love to have them here and for sure we’d keep them in business for a long time to come!

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:19 am

      And they can be assured that our gov. will keep the coyotes at bay given that he packs and is a pretty good shot.

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    • drsiqueComment by drsique
      February 22, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

      Yeah, I live in New York State and I wrote to Remington to suggest that they pack up and leave. I am very grateful to those businesses, pols and individuals who have attempted to lend their support to the state I call home. The only thing that I have to disagree with Michelle Malkin on is her use of the term “Sheriff Joe” for Biden. There is only one Sheriff Joe that I know of and he lives in AZ. Dipstick Cuomo, I feel certain, never took the economic impact of his unlawful legislation into account. Many don’t. it would seem that his intent is to drive gun shops and outditters out of business in NY. With a backgroumd check just to by ammo, I see sales going up drastically in Pennsylvania and a blackmarket industry rising quickly in NY. Prohibition hasn’t worked for anything else amd it won’t work for firearms and bullets.

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  3. soonerComment by sooner
    February 22, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    Come to Oklahoma! The weather’s fine. The people are hard-working and friendly. Call Governor Fallin and the legislature will work something out to get you here. We’re the reddest state in the Union and you’ll have lots of customers close by. See you soon!

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      Weather these arms companies choose to relocate to Oklahoma or Texas (two great states that are on hand shaking terms unless it’s during the OU/Texas football game week), it would be most interesting to see how many armed criminals obey the New York laws and how much armed crime decreases now that the entire state is safe from crime and deaths due to guns.

      Nothing would make me happier than to see every arms and ammo manufacturer move out of the state and refuse to sell their wares to anyone or anything within the state including any governmental entity such as police or the body guards for their politicians. Then they would have to buy from Eric Holder’s stash of automatic weapons or go without. We could see how much their politicos like eating their own stew.

      Sure it would cost these companies immediate profits, but they would be more than recovered quickly with lower taxes and no union control. It would send a strong message to other states and their citizens about the consequences of allowing ignorant politicos to run amuck.

      High taxes, high cost of living, crooked politicians, union control and no way to protect yourself or property from crime. And the honest citizens of this state can’t even fight off the criminals with a 16 ounce Coke. What more could you want?

      Sounds like paradise to me.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:31 am

      “. . .it would be most interesting to see how many armed criminals obey the New York laws and how much armed crime decreases now that the entire state is safe from crime and deaths due to guns.”

      We know that the laws will be ignored by the criminals, and the crime rate pertaining to gun violence will escalate substantially. That’s why is it obvious that the politicians are not concerned about public safety, so what is their real agenda?

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  4. burningmanComment by burningman
    February 22, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    I’m guessing if Remington employs 1300 people in a town of 8000, if they leave, the town will just die. If 1300 people that bring income from all over leave, then there will be less need for grocers, restaurants, dentists, doctors, pharmacists, teachers, etc. etc.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:24 am

      Have the whole town come to Texas. We’ve got the room and we’d promise not to call them D**M Yankees. We’d even invite them to a couple of rodeos. I’m pretty sure our gov. could promise their citizens no state income tax too.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:19 am

      Just leave your Liberal vote in the state where you came from.

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:43 am

      Consider 1300 employees and consider, on average, 3 persons per family for each employee, that is almost a population of 4000 out of 8000.
      Who votes for these liberal Governors and Mayors? Liberal idiots?
      Unless you are an idiot, Vote for the most Constitutional, Conservative, Christian and Candidate with the most American Values in all elections – Federal, State and Local.

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    • shutterComment by shutter
      February 22, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

      That’s what happens when liberals run states anyway. The people get poorer because businesses get tired of getting taxed and regulated to death.

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    • bgardner1952Comment by bgardner1952
      February 22, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

      I live in New York, about an hour from Ilion. I have visited Ilion both with my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop and as a customer. Your perception is correct – without Remington arms Ilion will go the way of Detroit. What disturbs me the most, within my state and my country, is that I can see nothing from government that is not explicitly designed to weaken us.

      God help us all.

      BTW – Is the Texas panhandle a good place to relocate ?

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

      It can get a little hot in the Panhandle and when the “Blue Northerners” come whistling out of the Rockies it’s not exactly outdoor BBQ weather. The wind can sandpaper your car’s paintjob and if that doesn’t give it that lived in looked, the tumble weeds will traveling at 50 mpg. There is lots of land and plenty of game to hunt and a wealth of Texas, Texas Rangers, American Indians etc. to read and learn about. The water supply needs improvement soon. Good people, mainly ranchers and farmers and some oil work going on from time to time. You might want to check out the Texas hill country west of Austin and San Antonio environs. Really nice there, but it can be pricy. Ft. Worthwhile not in the Panhandle is a fine city (much better than Dallas). Houston is a continuous Indy 500. Really good fishing on the Texas/Louisiana borders. The Rio Grande area is beautiful, but not a lot of people. Check out Alpine there and Marfa with the weird floating lights. North Texas is the quarter horse capital of the world and there’s the Gulf for all the fishing you could wish for. Pretty women too. It’s a whole nother country.

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    • bulldogComment by bulldog
      February 22, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

      @sumitch

      You had better give them all a liberal values test before you let them move to Texas, or else you may ruin Texas.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

      Great idea Bulldog. I’ll call gov. Perry tomorrow and see what he thinks.

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    • camiComment by cami
      February 23, 2013 @ 4:25 am

      I’m originally from Texas, but moved to Arkansas because of hubby’s job and promotion, Texas is a great state for businesses, and so is Arkansas. Arkansas has a Remington ammunition plant in Little Rock, but we would love to see Remington move its firearm manufacturing plant here in Arkansas…Speaking of blackmarketing firearms, I have an article that tells about NY Mayor Bloomberg’s ‘cronies’ buying firearms legally but selling them on the blackmarket.

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  6. susieqComment by susieq
    February 22, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    How can we impeach Obama and his band of crooks and political hacks?

    That is the only solution.

    The guy is a devisive monster.

    I am praying for the second that the media backlashes against this inept man because of his policies…

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    • davebnmComment by davebnm
      February 22, 2013 @ 9:46 am

      Love is blind and the media are blind and stupid!

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:26 am

      And bought and paid for davebnm.

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    • tmbryantComment by tmbryant
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:34 am

      Since the Senate is controlled by Democrats and the Senate is where impeachment takes place, it’s going to take Democrats becoming unenamored with Obama for impeachment to take place. Lord only knows there is more than enough grounds.

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    • alchemistComment by alchemist
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:53 am

      As the congress now stands with the Senate in the hands of the Liberal Democrats and the House in the hands of Wussie Republicans, it will be impossible to impeach him. In the last election, more than 80 million people qualified to vote did not vote. Get most (or at least some) of those people to vote conservative Republican. How? I don’t know. I thought the first four years of Obama would convince everyone. It didn’t. Sorry, the only way Obama is going to be impeached is if the stumbles and falls into a vat of peaches. Even that will not remove him from office.

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    • gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:12 am

      Great idea susi, but he can still do a lot of damage. Congress MUST stop him in his tracks.
      The biggest ‘bite’ we could put on Obama’s Cheerleaders, is to stop all advertisements (political and commercial)on ABC, CBS, CNN, Comcast and NBC; and withdraw all funding from PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts(liberals, no more Crucifix in urine). Money talks, my friend.

      That’s backlash they can understand.

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    • hkazComment by hkaz
      February 23, 2013 @ 12:40 am

      I often wonder why Congress can’t be indicted as a criminal enterprise under the RICO Statutes. They are worse than any New York or Chicago mob family.

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    • camiComment by cami
      February 23, 2013 @ 11:03 am

      I agree, but the spineless Republicans and commie Democrats will never impeach Obama. All Washington (Congress) knows Obama is an unconstitutional president, who sealed ALL his collegege records because they prove that he was foreign exchange student….Washington has been trying to change our Constitution for 40 years without ammending, they found the perfect person in narcissist and Marxist Obama.

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  7. davebnmComment by davebnm
    February 22, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Hang in there weapons manufacturers! Move to the states that are gun friendly. Get out of the state, New York, that is prosecuting an American soldier for possession of magazines that are over your dumba*s 10 round capacity.
    Cuomo & Bloomberg, you are what is making America deteriorate to a liberal, socialist, “Kumbaya” society!

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  8. dmatskiComment by dmatski
    February 22, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    if Obama succeed in putting the firearms and ammunition companies out of business, where do they plan on buying them in the future? China?

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    • tomtComment by tomt
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:10 am

      Probably from Soros, The Washington Insider Trader.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

      We could borrow a few more trillions of dollars from China and then like you said, buy their chinese made AK’s.

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  9. scotts1123Comment by scotts1123
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I grew up in the town next to Ilion, NY, home of Remington Arms. I thankfully now live in New Hampshire where, at least for now, I still have 2nd Amendment rights. This already econically depressed area of NY state will be devastated if Remington moves out, but who can blame them. The state is so hostile to business, it wouldn’t take the new gun laws for them to want to go.

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    • gentlemanjimComment by gentlemanjim
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:25 am

      I’ve lived in both Ilion and Frankfort and you’re absolutely correct about it being devastating to the local economy. When Union Tools in Frankfort closed it hurt the area pretty badly and they only employed about 200 people toward the end. I can’t imagine what it will do to the area when 1,300 people lose their jobs.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:24 am

      Just take a honeymoon to Niagra falls to see what destruction the Liberals have done to the manufafturing economy of New York. Empty buildings that reflect their empty minds. The city is a Living proof that sooner or later you DO run out of other people’s money. Look arcross the falls to Canada where the city of Canadian Niagra Falls flourishes in the shadow of an American falls gone broke and politically correct. The difference is in the minds of the people of production turned into the people of entitlement.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

      It’s downright embarrassing to go to Buffalo, NY and see the city nearly a slum in many parts and the shape of the park at Niagara Falls. Then drive over to Canada and see their beautiful, clean, well kept side of the falls.

      Next motor over to Detroit and take a look at the burned out, vacant houses and buildings covered in Arabic (or something) graffiti with the once beautiful Renaissance Center standing in the middle of what was once one of the largest most important cities in the United States. They’re going to have to pass a law making it illegal to move from the city or it will be one giant empty garbage can in the future.

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  10. fedupwithobamaComment by fedupwithobama
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I live in Colorado sorry to say and I am so sad that it has become California East. I hope these companies do leave the state as I am planning to do. I attempted to phone a State Senator in my district yesterday asking how she was going to vote. Her voice mailbox was full! I sent an email but I do not expect a reply. These people are out of control and will only do what the Emperor tells them.

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    • bpetersonComment by bpeterson
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:29 am

      Please forward this. If it goes viral we can stop the legislature. I as a citizen when called to jury duty will vote based on my true beliefs. Regardless of the judges instructions I will vote for what I believe is right. In any case where there is a gun charge under these new rules if they pass, I will vote NOT GUILTY if no real crime was committed. If everyone that is a true 2nd amendment supporter would do this we can stop the new laws if they pass. This is the right of JURY NULLIFICATION. Remember the jury room is the one place a minority of 1 can stop any miscarriage of justice. I cannot vote guilty on any law that is in violation of the 2nd amendment.

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    • hkazComment by hkaz
      February 23, 2013 @ 12:45 am

      Arizona is beginning to suffer the same fate. When these people flee their failing liberal states, they move here and bring their same voting habits with them and screw us up. Pretty soon we all will be in Texas.

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  11. tomtComment by tomt
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    The Liberal States run by city slicker Legislators have screwed around with frivolous regulations placed upon not only our firearms but also our food producing farmers with their emotionally driven laws. They do not deserve to eat USA raised food or benefit from the firearms manufacturers.
    Let them eat imported foods, China can ship them whatever laced up food to fill them.

    I wish we switch the colors of our political parties.
    The rapidly turning Extreme Leftist Democratic Party is really a bunch fitting the color of Communist Red by attacking our Constitution and aiding and abetting our enemies with their huge collaborating 5TH Column Political Party. They are anything but Blue Blooded Americans. They are as Red as Red can be and what a shame to be referred to as “Blue”.

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    • Johnny MayhemComment by Johnny Mayhem
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:31 am

      The colors were picked by the media broadcasters during the presidential campaigns. So you know they picked blue for their side because their cause is right and they are true blue. Red, of course, for the other guys because they are no better than those commies. It’s all part of the program to turn the general masses against the Republicans. I do not think it will work because the red is turnng into the blood of patriots, some of which may have to be spilled, watering the tree of liberty, before this is over.

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    • vevaComment by veva
      February 22, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

      “The Liberal States run by city slicker Legislators have screwed around with frivolous regulations placed upon not only our firearms …”. So WE need to move the conversation to the REAL ISSUE, with regard to school shootings! And the sooner, the better. If any of you use facebook, post the following url article which will shed some light on that.
      http://americanpolicy.org/2013/01/11/the-real-root-of-school-violence/
      This will shock, and educate. Scroll down and be sure to click on, and read,
      “View the full list with detailed information on the connection between drugs and school shootings”
      These are prescribed psychotropic drugs. As many as 7 MILLION children are on them! They are mind-altering drugs. Some children so young, being “helped” with prescribed drugs. The poor little, helpless innocent child, making big pharma. rich.

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  12. jimck30Comment by jimck30
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    As a Police Officer in Michigan, just this morning I purchased 10 30 round magazines from Magpul on a special military and law enforcement discount. I should have them within a week. Also as a Police Officer AND citizen AND veteran I WILL NOT OBEY OR ENFORCE ANY UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATES, EXECUTIVE ORDERS, LAWS OR OTHER MARXIST AGENDA DRIVEN BS DECREES. I will hold to my Oath and I will act on it when confronted by eneimes, foreign and domestic. You can count on it! Voting these Marxists out of office isn’t workning anymore people. Get that clear in your heads.

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    • davebnmComment by davebnm
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:27 am

      That’s good to hear Jimck30. I live in New Mexico, where we have had open carry since I can remember and now we have concealed. The majority of our police officers are OK with an armed civilian population, because they know that we are not out to harm them.
      “Be careful out there Jim.”

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:31 am

      Good for you officer! I hope your brothers and sisters see as clearly as you do. I’m also counting on our military to join you. Texas sure will.

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    • kaniksukiddComment by kaniksukidd
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:03 am

      “Voting these Marxists out of office isn’t workning anymore people. Get that clear in your heads.”

      If voting made any difference it would be illegal.

      This is an awkward time in our country. Its too late for reasoned discussion with the marxists but too soon to start shooting. That is subject to change in the near future.

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  13. jimck30Comment by jimck30
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Oh.. and the question of where will LE agencies in the Lib states get their firearms and supplies? I bet you dollars to doughnuts that the big eared boble headed Marxist and his regime will LET the lib-puppet governors in those states do all the business they can with their buddies the Chi-Coms and any other America hating country.

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  15. 2ndtobexComment by 2ndtobex
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    It would be wise for all gun manufacturers to leave all of the
    blue states they are in and move to the red states where they
    will be welcomed with opened arms and not have to contend with
    hostile state leaders. Let the blue states that don’t want to
    have citizens armed have such a crime spree that they can stew
    in their own cesspool while the rest of the states with commonsense thrive and prosper big time. Just remember that the states that uphold all of the US Constitution will have a
    much brighter future than those that do not. The US Constitution should not be infringed upon (especially the 1st and 2nd Amendments) by anyone. Just remember those that are giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the US are Obama, Joe Bite Me, Hillary and all of their allies are guilty of fighting (openly) against the US Constitution.

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  16. concernedrentComment by concernedrent
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    That is an interesting business model. Refuse to sell your product to certain states. What about the free-market consumers in those states that can’t buy the ‘boycott’ guns? If Obama & the democrats are so bad for the industry, why are FBI instant checks nearly double from 2005, up 193%, 8.7 million avg. from 2000-2005 and then rising when the democrats gained majority in congress and skyrocketing to 16.8 million in 2012. I would argue Obama has been the gun industry’s best friend, so does he get credit for the 27,000 jobs created? Thanks to results of hysteria-induced NRA pandering, Obama has become their poster boy for record gun sales and shortages of ammunition.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      The free market consumers can vote the idiots that are making these laws out of office. Or impeach them. Or they can move to states with more sense. Or they can just drive down to Virginia and buy the guns and bring them back.

      If Obama and his lapdogs aren’t so bad for the economy, why is unemployment higher than it was four years ago? Why has the debt ceiling been raised so high (how many times under his ruler ship)? Why is the country 16.5 trillion dollars in debt? Why has he blocked the XL pipeline that would mean millions of dollars and thousands of jobs? Why did he block Boeing from moving from Washington? Where does he get the authority to interfere in their move anyway? Why did he say he would bankrupt the coal idustry and is trying to? Why has the Senate not had a budget for four years as required by law? Why are there still terrorists in Gitmo? Why are we still in Iraq? Why did he block nations from loaning us their equipment to clean up the Gulf oil spill? Why are the Gulf drilling platforms now off the coast of Brazil and he has said that we would be one of their best customers if he is so concerned about the global warming? Why is an entire carrier group being pulled out of the near east waters? Why did he use his Executive Order to illegally save Eric Holder’s butt? Why is gasoline at, near or over $5.00/gallon? Why does the union control General Motors? Why if the FBI is doing so many checks are criminals still getting weapons with no trouble? As far as the hysteria of the NRA, you should be thankful that they have protected your right to keep and bear arms for years. The second amendment is the reason that your first amendment rights are protected. If you don’t want guns, don’t buy them. But don’t try to keep me from buying them. If you think that global warming is caused by petrochemicals, are you riding a bicycle? Why if his is the most transparent administration ever and we can’t even find him in the Harvard yearbooks? Not to mention his birth certificate. Why is it that his administration dropped the charges against the Philadelphia Black Panthers for blocking voters for lack of evidence when there was film of them doing it? Why are our borders not sealed like he promised they would be? Why did his administration have automatic weapons knowingly sold to the Mexican drug cartels? Why did he publically insult Israel by walking out on a meeting because he had a lunch date with his wife? Why is Obamacare costing 2 ½ times what he said it would and our health care is no better if not worse than it was? Why are we stuck with this crazy sequestration when it was his idea in the first place? Why when we had to be saved from going over the financial cliff did the solution raise taxes and not cut a dime of spending? Why is NASA virtually nonexistent now? And on and on and on. Looks like he’s pretty bad for the country to me.

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  17. glennComment by glenn
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    New York won’t need any guns or ammunition because as soon as these laws are passed crime will drop so low even the police won’t need guns. Now that is probably how they think there.

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    • davebnmComment by davebnm
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:35 am

      Kumbaya, dudes! Kumbaya! Won’t Utopia be great?

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

      Just like it happened in the U K eh! Where the police don’t carry guns and the citizens have been banned from owning them. And crime is up almost 50% since. I can’t understand it.

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  18. davebnmComment by davebnm
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    We have China “back dooring” our infrastructure and what are they worried about, a polite armed society? I think I like being able to protect myself in this very dangerous world we live in today?

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  19. whodunitComment by whodunit
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    As others have already said . . . we would more than welcome any gun manufacturers here in Texas! The people are friendly and fun, our housing prices are low, we don’t have state income tax, we rarely have snow, and our restaurants are terrific. Plus, we’ve got a great Governor and Legislature that know how to make our state business friendly. Come see the difference in a Conservative-run state.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

      Gawd bless Texas !

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  20. planetjComment by planetj
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    In just the past 20 years, over 130 million new guns were purchased in the U.S. and what happened? Violent crime has gone down 49%. In England and Australia which both banned most guns, violent crime is up over 50%. Pretty much spells out that the new gun grabbing schemes have absolutely nothing to do with trying to keep us safer, but everything to do with trying to control us.

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  21. JDZComment by JDZ
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    President Obama did not deserve a second term as he had repeatedly demonstrated his hypocritical nature by saying one thing while doing something different. Now, after being reflected, he feels empowered to show little, if any restraint, and as someone suggested, can only be stopped by being impeached. His executive orders that bypass Congress, coupled with his expanded use of internal cabinet policy changes, are “transforming” the country, and he is not trying to hide it anymore.

    His state of the union promise to expand manufacturing is another example of his hypocritical behavior that continues to assume that the majority of the American people are apathetic and uninformed, and, unfortunately, he may be right as the mainstream media and other news outlets continue to work with Obama to con the American people into believing the lies and distortions coming out of his mouth.

    His manufacturing strategy of establishing national manufacturing “training centers”, or some government like concept, is just another example of the ignorance his administration has about how our private economy, its structure, and how it works, but, it gives him another talking point in his continuing snake oil sales tour to the ignorant American public.

    His overzealous regulative policies are killing our fossil fuel energy industries, wasting tax payer money on bad investments in high technology, has continued to suppress job creation through regulation, is now attempting to kill the arms businesses, is defanging our defense industries and killing hundreds of thousands of jobs, etc. And he thinks his doing a good job?

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    • kaniksukiddComment by kaniksukidd
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:14 am

      owebama won the election through voter fraud in big city blue state liberal enclaves.

      The Electoral College votes should be apportioned by counties. That way libtard blue cities cannot overwhelm the conservative rural voters. If that had been in effect in the 2012 election President Romney would be starting to dig us out of the Great Depression Part 2 that he inherited from owebama.

      Oh well, I can dream can’t I?

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    • Johnny MayhemComment by Johnny Mayhem
      February 22, 2013 @ 11:46 am

      He knows he is doing a great job. It all depends on what he thinks his job really is. Remember, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming America”.

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  22. 9un5mokeComment by 9un5moke
    February 22, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Winchester is moving all their ammo production to my state, thank you Obama and unions, we will welcome Remington and Magpul too.

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  23. odayterrenceComment by odayterrence
    February 22, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    Obama seems determined to hurt our American Firearms Industry. A bastion of our defense. After all, if one controls the forge one knows he’ll always be able to make the swords. Could we one day in the distant future be dependent upon forges in foreign lands for our swords? When the day comes those foreign lands have conflicts with us, they’ll laugh at our stupidity as we beg them for swords.

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  24. mlessgovnowComment by mlessgovnow
    February 22, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    If anyone doubts this constitutional republic is being
    sucked down into the black hole called New World Order, this
    current try at emasculating our constitution and leaving it no stronger than single ply toilet paper, should have you
    looking for your Hoppes.
    Kudos to all les, who will/do honor their oaths.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      February 22, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

      It just dawned on me. If we get rid of our arms companies, how are we going to go fight the rest of the world’s wars?

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  25. gm1919Comment by gm1919
    February 22, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    So now Obama has created such an anti-gun and anti-business atmosphere that our very God-given second ammendment rights(That is right) Our for-fathers knew that we had unalienable rights given to us by God, not government. The Constituion was based on both Judeo Christian principles and was enacted to keep Kings and tyrants from once again ruling the citizenry. Barack Obama is a tyrant. Plain and simple and the American people need to stand up for their god-given rights and our State’s rights. The federal government was never supposed to be all powerfu. The States were to have the power and the citizenry was to be in control to see that the State did not abuse it’s authority. What we have now is a tyrant who is taking away the 1st and 2nd ammendments. He is taking away our personal property and soon will tke away all our liberties. I believe the congress should step up to the plate and charge Obama with crimes against the country. i say impeach him before it is too late. Obama is an evil man who is on the side of satan and not on the side of God. I believe that those who are in these marxist states demand their second ammendment rights be protected and if the governors like Cuomo insist on breaching those rights then protest in the halls of the State capitols. Evil begets evil and Obama has partied up with those evil politicians in the Governorships across this country. God bless America and dam those who would take away the rights he alone has given us.

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