Colt Employees Remind Lawmakers About Jobs, History
(GunReports.com) Samuel Colt's legacy is alive and well. On March 14, 550 workers from the two Colt operating companies, successors of the Colt Armory that once made iconic Colt Peacemaker revolvers, boarded buses that brought them to the Legislative Office Building, part of the state Capitol complex in Hartford.
They came to make their presence felt and to participate in a General Assembly committee hearing on a large number of gun-control measures under consideration following the December tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Their message was direct: "Save our Jobs." Michael Holmes, Colt United Auto Workers Shop Chairman, testified at the hearing, as did NSSF Director Government Relations, State Affairs Jake McGuigan; Joe Bartozzi from O.F. Mossberg; and Mark Malkowski of Stag Arms.
On that same evening Gov. Dannel Malloy's town hall meeting in New Britain, home of Stag Arms, magazine maker ASC and numerous industry subcontractors, was dominated by the gun-control issue. Though not all the proposed additional gun-control legislation will move forward for eventual votes, action on some of the measures is expected within days.