Connecticut courted AR-15 manufacturer with incentives days before Newtown shooting

The Hartford Courant reports today that just eight days before the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Conn., the state had reached a deal with AR-15 manufacturer Freedom Group to move its headquarters to Connecticut.

The Courant, through a freedom of information request, uncovered documents showing that the state had offered Freedom Group, a holding group for the manufacturers of Bushmaster and Remington firearms, a low-interest loan and other incentives to move 25 top executives to Stamford. The deputy commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development had written a letter to Freedom Group, saying that “One of Governor Malloy’s top priorities is to create a business-friendly environment that attracts investment, spurs job growth and helps industries become more competitive in the global marketplace.”

Four days after the Newtown massacre, the state withdrew the offer. In his Jan. 9 State of the State Address, Gov. Malloy stated that “when it comes to preventing future acts of violence in our schools, let me say this: more guns are not the answer. Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom.” He also noted that the conversation on gun violence “must take place nationally.  As long as weapons continue to travel up and down I-95, what is available for sale in Florida or Virginia can have devastating consequences here in Connecticut.”

Today, Gov. Malloy participated in a panel on gun violence presented by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit “founded on the ideals of the progressive movement at the turn of the century.” Malloy was scheduled to discuss his “five-part gun-violence prevention proposal,” which includes a ban on the sale or possession of any gun that can fire more than 10 bullets without reloading.

The Courant called the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s list of 42 recommendations “some of the strongest gun control measures in the nation.”

  • Smart Grunt

    I’m shocked, shocked! Of course, liberals will never be held accountable for their stances on any issue.

    • rennyangel2

      Want to find hypocrisy? Lift up any Dem. pant leg or skirt hem.

  • DanStlMo

    Freedom Group is more than welcome in my state of Missouri. We already have several AR-15 manufacturers here.

  • TugboatPhil

    Why would ANY business, let alone an arms maker, want to start up or relocate to anywhere north of D.C.? That’s the most hostile area to business and guns in America.

    • Robert Hoover

      NH, VT, ME are very good on gun rights.

      • Diesel33

        +1. Susan Collins (Sen. ME) led the way on making straw purchases a felony but she won’t dare go any further than that, making her one of the few people in government IMHO that understand how to address the problems of gun violence. Also, the Maine Sheriff’s Assn. won’t enforce any AWB if it somehow manages to still be passed in an amendment.

        So pretty much my state is the shit when it comes to guns (we can’t hunt on Sundays though :( ). Same can’t be said for buisness though. We already have Windham Weaponry pumping out ARs here as well, so not sure if they’d want the competition. NH is better for business, but they’d have to go up against Sig Sauer in Exeter.

  • lcky9

    Looks like the BLOOMBERG REACH.. we are going to have to take a stand ..Our politicans no longer care about what the PEOPLE want .. they ONLY care about $$ and BLOOMBERG has been spreading his billions around.. wonder IF Obama makes him pay his fair share..

  • Frustrated Teacher

    Thy hypocrisy of politicians really know no boundaries. Between this and Harry Reid stomping on the graves of dead soldiers today it has NOT been a good day for some of these idiots. Some of them really should stop SHOOTING OFF their mouths without their brains engaged.

  • $29561723

    There you have it, libtards. Another confiscation plan. Tell me again how you’re NOT coming for our guns

  • George Washington Mclintock

    “Devastating Consequences.” In his feeble brain,perhaps. Meanwhile, in the real world,what’s actually devastating COnnecticut are his tax hikes that didn’t come close to fixing their state deficit.

  • Libby

    Our governor is an embarassment.

    • freeinaz

      Don’t feel too bad, he has a lot of company

    • arrow2010

      New England is an embarrassment.

      • Fr0ntSight

        Soo true!

  • Sonus

    Have they asked Colt to leave the state yet?

  • SlimWich

    What a stupid deal to begin with. Tax incentives for 25 high paid b.s. positions? Yeah, that’s what we need to combat the largest tax increase in state history, 25 more millionaires to live in Greenwich and no real jobs to speak of. Malloy’s an as_.
    (as_: see also liberal, democrat, progressive)

  • Charm4sure

    Another politician proving he is a weasel. Not easy to like these kind of people.

  • agroulx

    Why is it that most of these gun manufacturing companies are in Democrat ran states? Are they stupid?

  • RightThinking1

    I will reiterate here that California state teachers unions were invested in Bushmaster, and making good money from them, prior to the Sandy Hook shootings. Thus, the teachers unions were much more closely tied to the shootings then the NRA.

  • TocksNedlog

    Background-check fail?

  • ^TDO^

    As is obvious here, It’s only about politics or money. They don’t care about the people, they just care about their position. If Sandyhook hadn’t happened and the gun manufacturer moved there, they would be bragging about how they brought new business to the state.

    Hypocrisy? Politicians? Surely you jest.

  • ^TDO^

    Heh heh heh. Your friend is a nut-case.