Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who on Thursday signed some of the nation’s most sweeping new gun-control laws, brushed aside concerns on Sunday that the Second Amendment crackdown could drive several longtime arms manufacturers from his state.
“We’ve decided that public safety trumps all of that,” Mr. Malloy, a 57-year-old Democrat, told CNN. “I hope they stay and manufacture products that can legally be sold. But if they leave, that will be a decision they make. We’re not making them leave.”
Connecticut is home to several gun and ammunition firms, including the iconic Colt Manufacturing Co.
Mr. Malloy, flanked by family members of the victims of last year’s Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., signed legislation that adds more than 100 firearms to the state’s assault weapons ban, creates the nation’s first dangerous weapon offender registry, adds rules for buying ammunition and requires background checks for all firearms sales.