The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has produced and will be airing three separate television advertisements that highlight the economic importace of firearm manufacturing to the state of Connecticut. The ads detail how the outright ban of sporting rifles will lead to the loss of numerous jobs in state. The companies used in the advertisements are Colt’s Manufacturing Company of West Hartford, O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc. of North Haven and Stag Arms of New Britain.
“The firearms industry has a long history in Connecticut and continues to have a sizeable economic presence and workforce in the Constitution State,” says Jake McGuigan, director, government relations, state affairs for NSSF. “Despite these facts, legislation before the General Assembly that would institute an outright ban on the sale of the most popular model of semiautomatic rifle today presents the real prospect of decreasing good-paying jobs in our state. Lawmakers need to understand that the underlying issues go deeper than whether a manufacturing exemption would be put in place. The value of our companies’ brands and national consumer acceptance of firearms made in a state that bans them within its own borders are serious business issues.”