In the wake of the passage of harsh gun control laws, Mesa Tactical has announced that it will leave California and relocate its distribution and shipping operations to Reno, Nevada.
In a statement on its website, Mesa Tactical explained the decision to leave The Golden State.
“Since we opened for business in 2003, continued growth of the company’s sales to the military, law enforcement, and commercial markets has created a need for additional space and capabilities,” it read.
“Faced with tougher gun laws, California laws prohibit Mesa Tactical from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the state future product lines,” it continued.
The company’s new address is along with its contact information:
1775 Kuenzli St.
Reno, NV 89502
A list of the bills signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month. Description courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association.
- AB 1135 (Levine) and SB 880 (Hall) Firearms: assault weapons – Expands the definition of assault weapons based on whether a semiautomatic firearm has a detachable magazine, banning thousands of popular firearms.
- SB 1235 (de Leon) Ammunition – Requires authorization to purchase ammunition and track what and how much ammunition each person buys, creating a database of ammunition purchasers.
- SB 1446 (Hancock) Firearms: magazine capacity – Makes it illegal to possess magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds no matter how long a person has owned them.
- AB 1511 (Santiago) Firearms: lending – Makes it illegal to loan a firearm to a person who is personally known to you (except for family members with restrictions).
- AB 1695 (Bonta) Firearms: false reports – Creates a 10-year prohibition on owning firearms for someone convicted of falsely reporting a lost or stolen firearm.
Mesa Tactical is not the first business affiliated with the gun industry to pack up and leave following the rollout of new gun control laws. Magpul, Steyr Arms, Kahr Firearms all left their homes to pursue greener pastures in gun-friendly states, just to name a few.
On that note, it’ll be interesting to see what Smith & Wesson does following Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s unilateral decision to prohibit so-called “copy-cat assault weapons.” Hopefully, it uses its political clout to push back against this rogue and unconstitutional gun ban.