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Study Confirms: Connecticut’s Repressive Gun Laws Cost Jobs

February 28, 2017 By Staff
Study Confirms: Connecticut’s Repressive Gun Laws Cost Jobs

Connecticut's repressive gun laws are costing the state jobs and revenue

A new study confirmed what many gun advocates have feared: Connecticut’s repressive gun laws are costing the state jobs and revenue. From the CT Post:

The governor’s tough gun control policy has cost the firearms industry 3,000 jobs in Connecticut, and cost the state nearly $50 million in taxes since 2013, the industry’s trade association says.

Jake McGuigan, senior director for the state affairs at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), noted Connecticut is being left out of industry growth happening outside of the state:

“The rest of the industry in that same time frame has seen large increases across the country in job growth and economic impact[.]”

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) had focused his January State of the State address on lauding Connecticut’s role in American weapons manufacturing. His February budget, though, promoted policies that are harmful for the industry and gun owners.

Gun rights have been a hot-button issue in Connecticut in 2017. Malloy’s budget targets gun owners, with proposed fee increases of over 300 percent. This recent study has only highlighted the negative results of restrictive legislation.