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Stag Arms says it will leave Connecticut

June 7, 2019

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Gun maker Stag Arms has announced it is leaving Connecticut.

The New Britain-based company, which manufactures AR-15 rifles, says it will relocate somewhere that offers “significant support for the firearms industry.”

In a statement posted Friday on Facebook, the company says it expects to finalize the move in the coming months. It did not say how many jobs would be affected. Messages were left Friday for Stag officials.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart says the move does not come as a surprise. She says Stag has been courted by other states since Connecticut passed stringent gun control laws following the 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Stag founder Mark Malkowski was forced to sell the company after pleading guilty to federal firearms charges in 2015.

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