Mark Malkowski, CEO of Connecticut-based Stag Arms is looking to relocate his company following the passage of strict new gun control bills in the state. The company primarily manufactures AR-type rifles, which are specifically banned by their new laws.
Currently, the two most likely states the company will move to are South Carolina and Texas.
Malkowski visited South Carolina earlier this week, speaking to local officials to discuss what incentives the state was prepared to offer his company to consider moving there.
If Stag moves to the Palmetto state they’ll be in good company. PTR Industries recently made the official announcement that they were moving to Horry County, South Carolina.
Malkowski met with state Rep. Alan Clemmons (R-Myrtle Beach) and Brad Lofton and Brandon Sessions of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp this week to find out what South Carolina has to offer his company and its employees.
South Carolina is also home to FN Manufacturing of FN USA and also the Palmetto State Armory and has plenty of people and infrastructure to make any firearm manufacturer happy.
“It made a big difference,” said Malkowski. “It made a difference that someone reached out. They’re extremely welcoming.”
According to the Myrtle Beach Online, Stag could have manufacturing started in South Carolina in as little as six months.
However, depending on the incentives Texas proffers, they may head further south.
“During the visit representative Clemmons was given a tour of our manufacturing facility and both had a very long discussion about jobs, firearm freedoms, manufacturing, and the future look of the economies in both states,” reads a post on the Stag Arms Facebook page.
Despite looking to leave their home state of Connecticut, Stag has gone ahead and developed an AR-type rifle that meets all the state’s new requirements. It may be a .22 rifle, but it’s something for the people of Connecticut just the same. Stag is happy to have something they can offer to their original supporters.
Stag has also recently updated their online webstore. The new website features detailed product information, a dealer locator, online warranty registration, catalogs, manuals and soon, a Stag Arms blog.
For now, get your Stag updates through their Facebook page.