California is just losing a major firearms manufacturer due to an unfriendly business environment. Yes, excessive business taxes and draconian firearm laws are forcing Weatherby to abandon its long-time home started in 1945 in South Gate, California.
Their new facility will be located in Sheridan, Wyoming. Weatherby’s corporate headquarters is moving along with their entire manufacturing plant. The manufacturing line is expected to be fully operational by 2019, ending their 74-year residency.
California is losing close to 100 jobs an addition to the taxes from employee wages. Oh! Don’t forget the sales tax on every firearm that Weatherby sells! Their manufacturing facility will be state-of-the-art. ALLOUTDOOR reports:
Their plan is create 70-90 jobs in a high tech factory that will eventually produce an annual payroll of $5 million. The State of Wyoming is of course contributing seed monies to create the project.
That’s a LOT of jobs and even more lost income for this already over-taxed and broke state.
This isn’t the first company to cut off dealing with California. You may remember when California outlawed .50 caliber rifles. In 2012, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing decided to stop selling their .50 BMG rifles to all California government agencies. Barrett even stopped servicing the firearms used by California SWAT teams! The Championship Subdivision Forum reported what Ron Barrett wrote in an open letter:
Barrett cannot legally sell any of its products to lawbreakers. Therefore, since California’s passing of AB50, the state is not in compliance with the US Constitution’s 2nd and 14th Amendments, and we will not sell nor service any of our products to any government agency of the State of California.
California keeps shooting itself in the foot. Hasta la vista, Cali!