Kahr Arms may be the latest company to uproot in the wake of tough new gun control laws. The company’s headquarters is located in New York, the first state to pass a gun law after the Newtown shooting last year. The NY SAFE Act started a wave of state legislation that ended with Colorado, Connecticut, and Maryland also passing their own gun bills. This new surge of gun legislation had similarities across state lines, including a ban on “assault weapons,” “high capacity” magazines, and background check reform. The laws also stressed in-state firearm manufacturers, which now found themselves under policies that threatened both their ideals and livelihood.

According to the Pocono Record, it seems that Kahr Arms may be joining the number of firearm and firearm accessory manufacturers leaving their gun-unfriendly home states. Company spokesperson Frank Harris said that the company is considering buying up a 620-acre business park in Pike County, Pennsylvania for the price of $2 million.

Like other gun makers dealing with the high demand for firearms that began late last year, Kahr Arms has backlogged orders for about a year. Currently the company sells between $75 million to $100 million every year and has recorded annual sales increases of 10 to 15 percent since 2001. Just this year sales soared 25 percent and the company is struggling to keep up. For Kahr Arms and other firearm manufactures, business is booming–precisely the reason why the company plans on moving its corporate headquarters out of gun-tight New York.

“We were ready to sign a deal in rural Orange County, New York. But when the governor passed stricter gun control, it made it tough to continue on that path, so we jumped over the river,” Harris said.

Kahr Arms will now be bringing its economic powerhouse to Pennsylvania, where residents are hoping that the new jobs will go a long way to helping with local unemployment.

“New York has become very unfriendly to people in the gun business,” Harris added. “We feel like we are being treated like criminals in New York. That is one of the reasons we are coming to Pennsylvania.”

Kahr Arms has a manufacturing facility in Worcester, Massachusetts. The company also owns Magnum Research, makers of the Desert Eagle handgun.

Firearm accessories producer Magpul was among the first to announce a move to more gun-friendly states after Colorado passed its gun laws in March. The company was quickly followed by Connecticut rifle makers PTR Industries and Stag Arms. In nearby Maryland, Beretta is also considering building factories elsewhere as they began ramping up production of new and highly anticipated firearms.

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4 thoughts on “Kahr Arms Considers Moving HQ from New York

  1. New York is going from crazy to plain berserk! Get the hell out ~ move to New Hampshire where the laws are sane.

  2. As a native of Colorado and a life long shooter, I understand the issue. The midnight laws made in lock-step with Obamas agenda is sickening. I am hoping the 2014 elections will light a fire under the politicians and let them listen to their voters.

  3. As stated in Monty Python’s “Search for the Holt Grail”, Run away, run away!! Time for all gun manufactures to speak with their wallets & jobs & leave states that elect the garbage that destroys of rights, & move to pro 2nd states.

  4. It’s nice to see the smaller companies like Kahr step up and support the Second Amendment.

    However we really need to see the larger manufacturers like Remington, Springfield and Smith and Wesson step up and move as well. If they won’t, the firearms community should organize and start boycotting them until they do.

    Their corporate profits are taxed in states like NY and MA, and there is no reason for firearms owners to contribute to the coffers of those who hate them.

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