According to reports, three of New York’s resident firearms manufacturers are set to exit the state in response to implementation of the so-called New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013.
American Tactical Imports (ATI) will be relocating to South Carolina. Kahr Arms will be moving its operations to neighboring Pennsylvania. The continent’s oldest continuously operating product manufacturer, Remington Arms, is apparently considering Tennessee as its first new home in nearly 200 years.
While it is sad to see a conflict between ideological authoritarianism and basic freedoms come to such a head, I do love to see free market responses and solutions to Big Government problems. This response demonstrates the fundamental utility of the federalist concept: voting with one’s feet, so to speak. While this move will not likely do much to retard the ideological momentum that statist politicians and their supporters have harnessed in that particular area, at least New York will no longer be able to confiscate tax revenue from these enterprises.
Perhaps the ultimate contextual irony here is that New York is arguably the state that, due to its hesitance to ratify the Constitution which subsequently birthed the Anti-Federalist and Federalist debates, is most directly responsible for the drafting, inclusion, and ratification of the Bill of Rights – including that pesky provision intended to protect the individual’s right to keep and bear arms.