Stag Arms, the New Britain, Connecticut gun manufacturer of AR-style rifles, is closing its facility on the East Coast and heading for the friendlier confines and wide open spaces of the state of Wyoming. The move isn’t exactly a surprise, with New Britain’s mayor Erin Stewart telling NBC Connecticut that it was only a matter of time.
“We have known for many years that Stag has been courted by other states following the passage of more stringent gun laws here in Connecticut. Quite frankly, I’m surprised it took this long. While we are never happy to lose a business, the industrial park where it is located is 90 percent full and I am hopeful that it will be filled with another tenant within six months,” she told NBC Connecticut.
Wyoming’s firearms industry has really taken off in recent years, starting with Magpul’s decision to leave Colorado for the state after the passage of Colorado’s magazine ban in 2013. Since then, the company’s nearly doubled the number of employees at their Cheyenne facility.