Aiken County, S.C. -
The topic of gun rights is still highly debated between the federal government and state lawmakers, but one northern company decided to make a big move to take advantage of the second amendment laws in South Carolina.
After laws changed in Connecticut last year, a gun manufacturer decided it was time to move down South.
It didn't take long for PTR Industries to realize they needed to change cities. New gun laws in Connecticut and other northern states made it difficult for the business to sell guns in the region they manufactured them in. So the company moved to Aynor, South Carolina and many are welcoming them with open arms.
The power behind this rifle is no joke, neither is the freedom to fire one off in South Carolina.
Precision Target Rifle Industries, known as PTR Industries, made the move from Connecticut to the Palmetto State just for that reason.
"Being in a state that's definitely pro-second amendment is certainly going to help right there, people don't look at guns the same as they do up north, that's for sure, down here guns are a way of life," said Customer Service Manager Chris Petersen.
Petersen said last Spring, Connecticut passed laws against assault rifles following the legislation of other northern states.
"Connecticut decided they were going to pass some new gun laws that didn't really make a whole lot of sense in the grand scheme of things, we decided that we didn't want to be in a state that didn't like what we did, that wanted our tax money, but wasn't going to give the go ahead for what we do on a daily basis," said Petersen.
To commemorate the company's move, PTR released special edition rifles with an engraving of the state and the motto "We The People Shall Not Be Infringed."
Two state representatives, Bill Taylor and Chip Limehouse, each purchased a rifle to welcome the business to South Carolina.
"This is about jobs, this is about our economy and having PTR Industries move from Connecticut to South Carolina to manufacture guns here, this is a wonderful moment for South Carolina," said Taylor
Both representatives got the chance to try out their new rifles in The Gun Rack's new indoor range, and News Channel 6's Nicole Snyder took a shot at it too.
"The northern states and their legislature are passing law after law after law impeding the rights of gun manufacturers and making it easier to sue gun manufacturers and doing everything possible to destroy the gun industry where its traditionally been in northeast of our country, but we are welcoming them to South Carolina," said Limehouse.
The Gun Rack owner said locally made products create better relationships and make deliveries easier.
"It's going to help our business because it brings to light the fact that these guns are South Carolina made, made by South Carolinians, helps our economy and when the economy is better it helps all retailers in every way," said Chuck Scott
The Gun Rack owners welcome anyone who wants to test out new rifles in their indoor range. This weekend they are having specials for those interested in buying from the PTR line.