“We exhausted ourselves testifying during public sessions at the state capital, reaching out to journalists, busing our employees to Hartford and more, but in the end it didn’t matter. They wrote the bill in secret,” Mark Malkowski, president of Stag Arms in New Britain, Conn., told Forbes.
The tone of Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) has frayed the state's relationship with gunmakers further. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" after he signed the bill, Governor Malloy said: "What this is about is the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible – even if they are deranged, even if they are mentally ill, even if they have a criminal background. They don’t care. They want to sell guns.”
The irony is that politicians are attacking an industrial heartland that is intimately tied with the founding of the nation. The Connecticut River Valley in New England has been dubbed "Gun Valley." The Springfield Armory in Springfield, Mass., was the primary manufacturer of US military firearms from 1777 – before the defeat of the British – to 1968. Its diaspora created the heart of the American firearms industry.