Smith & Wesson Leaves East Coast HQ Home of 170 Years for Red State

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Jonathan Weiss /

As you’ve probably heard, owning guns in most blue states is getting harder and harder. And that’s precisely why a longtime firearm manufacturer just moved their headquarters from Massachusetts to Tennessee.

Smith & Wesson has been located in Springfield, Massachusetts since 1856. And for the most part, they have done well, supplying American citizens far and wide with the ability to express their Second Amendment rights.

But as of late, that goal has become somewhat hampered, undoubtedly due to the push by leftist politicians who lean more towards controlling the people than helping them.

In Massachusetts, for instance, firearms have become increasingly difficult to buy and own as the state has adopted some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Additionally, lawmakers instituted legislation in 2021 that “would essentially ban the manufacturing of military-style rifles in the state,” according to WBUR-FM in Boston.

Naturally, this isn’t good news for a gun manufacturer such as Smith & Wesson, which reports that over 60% of its revenue for 2020 was due to such weapons being produced.

So, the company immediately began making plans.

And as of Saturday, their new headquarters in Maryville, Tennessee, is now open.

As the Associated Press points out, Tennessee is a very gun-friendly state, with most people 21 and older allowed to buy and carry handguns without a permit. According to a 2022 survey taken by 700 CEOs nationwide, Tennessee is also ranked among the best states for businesses.

Of course, the arrival of the headquarters in the state also means the creation of hundreds of jobs.

As it turns out, freedom is good for business.

Meanwhile, states like California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, all of which have stricter gun laws, higher taxes, and fewer freedoms, are experiencing a mass exodus of both private citizens and businesses alike.

The lesson: blue is bad for business.