PTR Industries Makes Good on Fleeing Anti-Second Amendment Legislation

By Dave Dolbee published on in Industry News

PTR’s story really became interesting last year. PTR’s operations and sales began taking off in the winter of 2012. Then it happened, the tragedy at Sandy Hook set opportunistic legislators into overdrive pushing feel-good legislation that would not address the issues, but instead pushed anti-firearm legislation. That was compounded by the fact that PTR was practically at the epicenter, a mere 30 minutes or so from Newtown.

PTR 91 SCCR rifle

Governor Haley recently visited PTR’s new plant and held a press conference with PTR’s new commemorative edition .308 in hand.

PTR—like the rest of the gun industry—feared the legislative consequences that could have been a result. Decisions were no longer rooted in how to advance PTR’s product and standing within the industry. Instead, the strategy turned to survival. As proof, a few miles south, New York was the first state to jump off the cliff with its new laws making it illegal to carry over seven rounds in a magazine. In their haste as a knee-jerk reaction, legislators were so short sighted they forgot to add so much as an exemption for law enforcement. With the writing on the wall, it was not a stretch to believe the same ill-reasoned thinking would prevail in Connecticut.

In the months following Sandy Hook, PTR along with several other industry partners and lobby groups, worked hard to reach out to legislators. The purpose was to ensure the laws that were almost assuredly going to result were well reasoned and focused on preventing criminal acts, not law abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights. PTR also wanted to ensure the proper exemptions were put in place to protect manufacturers, law enforcement and others. Unfortunately, PTR et al. were severely outnumbered, not so much at the local level but on a state level.

Initially, there were a host of committees focusing on different areas of concern such as gun safety, school safety and mental health all with experts to testify for their appropriate political lean. At this point, the legislators really seemed to be vetting the details. Then, the Governor seemed to become impatient. A bill was drawn up within 48 hours and passed less than a day later. The result was a poorly worded and ill-conceived bill. Although the intent may not have been to bar PTR and others from manufacturing products, even for law enforcement and military, the intent to ban the products from the citizenry had the same haphazard effect.

PTR SC Commemorative Rifle

PTR SC Commemorative Rifle

The response was immediate. Customers were calling to see whether the bill would put PTR out of business. Vendors inquired as to whether back orders would be filled and creditors wanted to know if they would still be paid. The decision to leave Connecticut for friendlier grounds was extremely evident. An email was quickly drafted and disseminated to about 80 addresses to inform business partners of PTR’s intent to relocate to a friendlier locale. The email simply stated PTR did not know where its new home be located, but that it would happen before the new legislative restrictions took effect.

Two hours later, local media was knocking on the front door. PTR was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight. PTR was the first to announce its intention to move and thereby highlighted the economic consequences of the ill-conceived legislation. As the epicenter of the movement, PTR readily received offers from over 40 states, either at the state or local level within the following days. The outpouring of effort from so many governors, senators, mayors and representatives eagerly working to create jobs for their community was absolutely remarkable.

South Carolina with a Cabbage Palmetto

The SC Commemorative features engraving of the state of South Carolina with a Cabbage Palmetto.

PTR started considering its options. Of course, a move would mean a significant investment. PTR had to be sure it would not end up in the same position a few years later. PTR wanted to find a state it knew had a record of being Second Amendment friendly and would remain so in the future. In the end it came down to two states, Texas and South Carolina. Geography played a deciding role. South Carolina was a half-day drive from PTR’s previous home. This was helpful to employee retention and business continuity.

PTR’s rifles are unique and easily differentiated from other AR platforms. Employees already in possession of the knowledge and skill set to work on PTR offerings were essential to a successful transition. In the end, the executives surveyed the employees and let their preference be a deciding factor. The top-down loyalty strategy resulted in the employees having a strong influence over the final decision and more cohesive workforce as a result.

We the people engraving on the left side of the barrel

The left side of the barrel reads, “We the People”

To be fair, there is a part of this story that was left out of the telling. It is included here as a moral to the story. After the local media ran with PTR’s original email about its intention to relocate (and the national press picked up the story), Connecticut’s governor and his administration reached out to PTR. This led to a number of meetings with the secretary of commerce and House and Senate leadership in Connecticut. It seemed the media spotlight has caused a change of heart about the bill’s impact on manufacturers. PTR laid out a number of specific issues that aside from trampling individual rights, made it impossible for PTR to do business within the state.

The right side of the barrel reads, "Shall not be Infringed"

The right side of the barrel reads, “Shall not be Infringed”

Later, to the lawmaker’s credit, a 35-page patch was amended to the supposedly perfect 139-page original bill. The amendment sufficiently addressed PTR’s concerns to the point that it no longer “had” to move—at least not from a legal standpoint. PTR then had a tough decision to make. In the end, PTR decided the move was the correct decision not only as a business decision, but more importantly as a moral decision. Connecticut had banned its product within the state and infringed on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. Actions have consequences, and PTR decided it needed to follow thorough and demonstrate-both for the manufacturers and the citizens.

As a show of appreciation to South Carolinians and a few individuals who made PTR’s move possible, PTR designed a limited edition rifle based on its .308 platform. However, whether or not they ever had the pleasure of previously squeezing the trigger on one of PTR’s guns, when the word got out consumers began beating a path to PTR’s new Aynor, South Carolina digs. While I was not smart enough to make the journey and secure one for myself, fortune smiled on Bob Campbell who will have a review for you soon!

PTR—the state of South Carolina may have welcomed you, but supporters of the Second Amendment salute you!

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Comments (36)

  • M1917A1

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    Most likely will not cycle the action due to a smaller gas impulse. I have been using a .308 conversion in my Remington 700 BDL “Heavy Varmit Barrel” (JL Ciner two point mount Suppressor). If it wasn’t for a very minor recoil impulse, and thermal distortion in Starlite scope, I would have thought that I had a “Misfire” or “Blank” (without Adapter). It was a very quite round with the suppressor, even compared to subsonic .308.

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  • Frank Page

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    I very much appreciate Cheaper Than Dirt, as I get more pertinent information on Guns and Ammo than ever. I’m a member of NRA, and contribute to the political action committee. However the reading is a little difficult to me as I am unfamiliar with the terms used, but they seem more understandable with Cheaper Than Dirt. Thanks From a 21 year USAF vet.

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  • Damian

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    Adding the civil war to pr1r’s move is idodic and racists i agree . lets please not go there , this is 2014 , we all have to live here togeter ,lets fight as one to preserve our rights not divide over something that stupid ,PTR’S move was buisness oriented , had 0 to do with the civil war. And was so they could continue to provide american sports men with the very best products ,period.

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  • Secundius

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    @ No one in particular.

    I have Dog/Fetch Training Device, that looks like a WW2 Panzerfaust.
    It requires either 22LR or 22Magnum blanks. I can find 22LR Green Loads, but not the Red Loads and as far as 22Magnum’s are concerned, Nada, anywhere. Anyone have any suggestions. And CTD doesn’t carry any.

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  • Hide Behind

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    NO ONE MENTIONED SLAVERY ON MY lEND, and I will bet my bottom dollar I am only responder to this site that got beat down for being with Blacks and Marched for Civil Rigts .
    I think this was a question of moving a company to a more economicly gun frirndly State ( and last heard.the gun culture in Carolina ‘s dd not begin with PBR in the North.
    Was not talking about a weapon that I know fairly well; It isba kicking mule with or without wood bur steel syock is punishing and those troops years ago used to march and fire from under arms or at wais. ITs common accuracy is mill grade of 50 years ago 4-6″ etc etc.
    Controlability and ease of training and mastering newer AR’s in 308 or Sigs or any numbers of newer eeapons and pricing are far betterthan old design made onlslightly better, I, is was.talking politics.
    Politics of Supreme court and its pushing states rights as means to control weaponsbas well as enlisting the “self Defense babys”.
    SOUTHERN STATES NEVER SIGNED AWAY STATES RIGHTS ISSUES AS LEE SURRENDERS AND YOU STILL HEAR IT LOUDLY SHOUTED ASBI SAID IN TEXAS AND CAROLINAS.
    There is a cultural war ongoing and by damned almighty you can split the states of strongest pro 2nd by tracing old west and middle states e and Confederacy borders.
    We have to stop “FLEEING FROM ANTI GUN STATES”; ” I DID NOT CHOOSE TI.TLE.
    WE are letting both the anti and pro gun far right Balkanize our nation over a single issue guns, and that will be gun owners downfall.
    I studied the politics within State and noted personality upon personality and sponsors behind scenes dealmaking it is not always pretty or fit for waving flags but it is.
    Do I think move was good for PTR, short term yes as to temporary cash flow increase; New investers and backers that have political clout may not have such out of state.Harmfull.
    AS to states good fortunes , State for a bit will see more revenue increase,
    but if new gun grab goes down, and the next courts decisions are comig splitting 2nd Amendment issue, the state could lose bigtime.
    I learned to sight both eyes open and I know this is a sales oriented FYI and hopefully a sale site but damn a “Flee Sale”.

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    • M1917A1

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      Gun Control and the KKK (both started by the Democrats) were started right after the Civil War, to Imitate and disarm “Freed” Blacks so as to allow the Northern “Carpet Baggers” easier control. (Can’t allow no “Uppity Negros” to have a means a defense)

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    • Secundius

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      @ M1917A1.

      Incorrect sir, the KKK was formed by 4 disgruntled drunk Confederate Private sitting around a camp fire, royally pissed-off at General Lee’s surrender. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who actually credited for the KKK founding. Tried in vain too stop the formation of the KKK, because he thought it would be an embarrassment to the South, and would actually hinder the reconstruction of the South.

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    • M1917A1

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      and formed right here in good ol’ Southern Indiana.

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  • Damian

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    wth did he just say lol?I did not understand a single word of that rant at all, Very confused now on what he was trying to say lol.

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  • Secundius

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    @ EVERYBODY

    Has anybody been experiencing problems on the Taurus First 24: Superior Go Bag, website. I’m having problems, trying to post a question!
    It won’t recognize the math question at the bottom of the page. They the numerical values written “words” like (zero, one, two of three) and not as a numerical value like ( 0 1 2 or 3). CTD’s computer doesn’t recognize the “word value” from the “numerical value”. I’ve tried contacting CTD directly, but get no response.

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  • Damian

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    uppity negro’s ??????? you mean like our current president , there are uppity people in every race , how did the kkk and black people get brought into this discussion , total ignorance. I am sure no one at ptr ind. cares about the color of the man buying their firearmns at all its you blue state yankees want to do all the so called banning at my last account of what is going on in america right now ,not even the blacks care for obama , why dont we stick to the discussion was started instead of the race card bs. no point in it.has nothing to do with ptr’s move at all.

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  • Secundius

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    @ Damian

    I agree with you, this came totally out of the dark. Unless he’s drunk and/or stoned. I mean, I just don’t know? I wonder if the Polar Shift has something to do with it, Is there a Full Moon or Blue Moon tonight!

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  • Secundius

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    @ The Shooter’s Log Websites & CTD!

    What going on, almost every The Shooter’s Log Website has gone SILENT. Somebody set of a EMP device and fried the system. I mean, the SILENCE IS DEAFENING? And it’s CREEPY TOO!!! Somebody at CTD forget to turn of Lights, End the Programming, or What.

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