I’ve always been a little amazed at how many gun companies call themselves home in various anti-gun states. These are states where the powers that be want to destroy their entire business, and yet many have stayed there for some insane reason.
However, that’s been changing in recent years. Several companies have bailed on their anti-gun states and sought refuge in friendlier climates.
It seems we can now add Kimber to that group as well.
Kimber Manufacturing, a company that makes a variety of firearms and ammunition, is transitioning its corporate headquarters from New York to its facility in Troy, Alabama.
The decision to change the location of the company’s headquarters was first announced last week, and much of the work has already been completed.
A release from the company notes that “leadership, R&D and manufacturing resources” are now in place at the 225,000 square-foot facility in Troy.
Kimber is now “adding staff across all departments” to complete the transition.
The gunmaker’s massive presence in the Wiregrass is still relatively new. Governor Kay Ivey first announced it in her state of the state address in 2018. At the time, it was described as a manufacturing capacity expansion, not a new headquarters, but the executives at Kimber appear to have grown fond of the Yellowhammer State.
The gunmaker was founded in Yonkers, New York, in 1979 and remained headquartered there until its recent transition to Alabama.
Of course, New York isn’t friendly to Kimber customers. While most, if not all, of Kimber’s offerings are still legal in the state, it’s still not a good place to be a gun owner. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
As such, it makes sense to relocate to a state that won’t look at you like you’re 55 kinds of evil just for existing.
Now, as a Georgian, I make a lot of jokes at Alabama’s expense, but the state is most definitely a pro-gun state where Kimber will find a great many supporters. It’s not likely to find oppressive governmental overreach hitting their bottom line, something I wouldn’t rule out in New York.
Honestly, as more and more gun companies are relocating to pro-gun states, particularly in the Deep South, you’d think that if the gun industry was big enough to terrify congressmen as some have suggested, then the economic repercussions of angering the industry would keep states from passing gun control. It’s clearly not.
Especially when you have a company laying off hundreds of employees on Monday with no severance package.
At the end of the day, Kimber is finding a new home. As time rolls on, you’ll see more and more companies based in pro-gun states as anti-gunners run them and the millions of dollars they bring into local communities away. Frankly, many of the poorer states in the South could use the jobs, so we thank the anti-gunners for their hard work in boosting the economies of many of these communities.
Oh, the didn’t mean to do it, but results matter in the grander scheme of things.