Feature Article: Weatherby Leaving CA

Weatherby leaving California’s unfriendly climes

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Feb 14, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nev . — According to a story in the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Bullet Point news release, Weatherby is leaving the unfriendly political atmosphere and restrictive laws of California for the wide open skies of Wyoming.

After 73 years, the historic rifle and shotgun company is pulling up its California roots and moving to a friendlier state.

“We wanted a place where we could retain a great workforce, and where our employees could live an outdoor lifestyle,” Adam Weatherby explained at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. “We wanted to move to a state where we can grow into our brand. Wyoming means new opportunities. We are not interested in maintaining; we are growing.”

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead was on hand for the announcement and congratulated state officials and Weatherby employees for the decision to produce firearms in the Cowboy State. “This is wonderful for Wyoming and for Weatherby,” Mead said. “Weatherby’s firearms will now be made in Sheridan and shipped all over the world. As I said in my state of the state address last year: In Wyoming we don’t just want to be known as a firearm state, we want to be known as the firearm state,” Mead said in a separate interview.

The Wyoming move, expected to be completed in 2019, means 70 to 90 jobs and $5 million in payroll over the next five years for the Wyoming, and a similar loss to California.

Wyoming’s business climate will make it much easier for Weatherby to conduct business. Aside from being a more tax-friendly state, regulations will it make it easier for Weatherby to grow. California required a state Department of Justice certificate of eligibility for new hires that can take as long as four months.

California has over recent years repeatedly clamped down on lawful gun ownership. The state attempted a magazine capacity ban, which has been blocked by the courts. The state passed ammunition sales restrictions, a bullet-button ban and outlawed the use of traditional ammunition across the state, to take full effect by 2019.

The trend is clear. States that respect the lawful commerce in firearms, and the Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms, are bringing in business. California and it’s left wing majority is certainly not one of those states.