Connecticut gunmaker Colt takin’ it to the streets

Colt employees
Hundreds of Colt employees demonstrate outside Connecticut state capitol. Photo credit

The employees of America’s oldest and many would say most respected arms manufacturers descended upon the Connecticut state capitol to voice their concern over the possible passage of legislation now being considered. Dennis Veilleux closed the doors to Connecticut-based Colt’s manufacturing Co. and bused over 400 employees to the state capitol to rallying in support of Second Amendment values and speak out against Senate Bill 1076, now pending in the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee.

Of special concern is a proposed ban on so-called ”assault rifles.” Mike Holmes, the shop chairman who represents the bargaining unit workers at Colt’s indicated that as much as “80 percent of its business is selling semiautomatic rifles with the AR-15 platform,” according to The Day.

Conn. Gov. Daniel P. Malloy indicated the day before that a gun ban in his state wouldn’t prevent manufacturers from selling weapons elsewhere.

“As long as they are manufacturing a product that can be legally consumed or purchased in the nation, they are welcome to stay in our state,” he said.

Colt’s president Veilleux disagrees.

“If we ban this product in the state where we make it, our customers will take their business to another brand,” he said. “When we start to get erosion of our customers, we lose our market share,” he said according to a Fox News report.

Additionally, Holmes expressed concern that it wasn’t just Connecticut — the knee-jerk reaction to Sandy Hook by lawmakers is nation-wide, starting in New York and spreading to Colorado and elsewhere.

It wasn’t just Colt employees who demonstrated Thursday in opposition to the strict gun control laws under consideration. Second Amendment advocacy groups such as the Connecticut Citizens Defense League were there also. Its president, Scott Wilson said such laws would be totally ineffective.

“It is my belief that none of this would have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy, nor would it prevent violence on the streets,” Wilson said.

The Day reported:

Current law calls an assault weapon any semiautomatic weapon with a detachable magazine and two military-style characteristics. A military-style characteristic includes a folding or telescopic stock, a pistol grip or a bayonet mount.

Michael Butler, a Killingworth fire commissioner said this is nothing more that banning a weapon solely on the basis of cosmetics.

“[Senate Bill] 1076 is one of the most toxic pieces of infringement I have ever seen,” he said.



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