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A Connecticut rifle manufacturer is opening a plant in Breckenridge, possibly presaging a relocation to Texas after Connecticut passed tougher gun restrictions.
The CBS affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth broke the news Friday evening. An Oregon-owned company Bold Ideas confirmed the announcement to the news station. Bold Ideas owns Colt Competition, which manufactures three kinds of semi-automatic rifles, including the AR-15. According to the report, applications were available at the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce, and that a classified job listing appeared in the newspaper.
A story on Monday in the Hartford Courant in Connecticut confirmed the announced factory in Texas.
No representative from Bold Ideas or Colt Competition has stated that the company is shutting down operations in Connecticut. However, Colt Competition’s CEO wrote an editorial in March expressing dismay at state proposals to ban high capacity weapons.
....Virgil Moore of the Breckenridge Economic Development Corporation was somewhat coy Monday afternoon about whether a firearms company that makes AR-15 rifles was coming to town.
“I don’t have any official news, and I’ve been asked to not divulge a great deal of specific information,” he said.
What Moore can say is that last week, he sold a former mobile home manufacturing plant — at 136,000 square feet the largest such plant in town — to a “manufacturing company.”
And he noted that “there’s a firearms company running a help-wanted ad in the (local) newspaper.”
All of which is to say, without saying, that Colt Competition is coming to Breckenridge. Multiple independent news sources confirm that the Canby, Ore.-based company will open a manufacturing plant.