Colt the next gun company to leave a state over anti-gun witch hunt hysteria?

Colt to bolt? Gun maker’s boss says company feels unwelcome in Connecticut

By Joshua Rhett Miller

Published March 21, 2013


Sergio Pereira adds a completed Colt rifle to a rack of newly assembled guns at the company headquarters in West Hartford. (Michael McAndrews/The Hartford Courant)

Jan. 28, 2013: Dennis Veilleux, CEO and president of Colt’s Manufacturing Company, speaks out against attempts to ban certain guns and push for restrictions to prevent people with mental problems from obtaining weapons at a news conference at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. (AP)

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Colt’s Manufacturing, the company that has made the iconic gun dubbed “The Peacemaker” for more than a century, could pull up its Connecticut stakes after coming under fire in the national debate over the Second Amendment.

President and CEO Dennis Veilleux said the pro-gun control climate that has taken hold in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre and other firearm attacks has left him feeling unwelcome in the state his company has called home for 175 years. Proposed laws being debated by the Legislature and pushed by Gov. Dannel Malloy include a new gun offender registry, an expanded assault weapons ban, ammunition restrictions and a ban on bulk purchases of handguns. Veilleux said those measures have put Colt and its nearly 700 employees in the crosshairs.

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2 thoughts on “Colt the next gun company to leave a state over anti-gun witch hunt hysteria?

  1. Oh, DAMN… my sympathy for the folks working for Colt just died. I didn’t know it until just now, but they are all United Auto Worker union people.

    Guess that’s what happens to Unions huh?


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