Stag Arms to Move Out of New Britain

Rifle manufacturer Stag Arms has decided to leave New Britain.

In a Facebook post Friday, the company announced plans to relocate from the New Britain facility on John Downey Drive. The decision on a new location has not been finalized.

“The location of Stag’s new headquarters has not been finalized but the Board has narrowed down the options to a short list of vibrant communities where there is significant support for the firearms industry,” the company wrote in a press release.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said the news was not a surprise.

“We have known for many years that Stag has been courted by other states following the passage of more stringent gun laws here in Connecticut. Quite frankly, I’m surprised it took this long. While we are never happy to lose a business, the industrial park where it is located is 90 percent full and I am hopeful that it will be filled with another tenant within six months,” she told NBC Connecticut.

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