Smith & Wesson Moves Its Headquarters to Tennessee
Smith & Wesson, a prominent firearm manufacturer, has officially relocated its headquarters from New England to Tennessee, garnering applause from the NRA. The move was celebrated by gun rights advocates as it signifies a commitment to the preservation of America’s gun industry and Second Amendment rights.
Smith & Wesson, which was originally established in 1852 in Connecticut before moving its headquarters to Springfield, Massachusetts, has now made Maryville, Tennessee its new home. The company recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new 650,000-square-foot headquarters in Tennessee.
The NRA praised Smith & Wesson’s move, emphasizing the importance of preserving the American gun industry and Second Amendment rights. They cited the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which shields firearm manufacturers from liability if their products are used in the commission of a crime.
Smith & Wesson’s President and CEO, Mark Smith, expressed optimism about the future, stating, “From where I stand, the next 170 years of Smith & Wesson are looking pretty good.” He highlighted the welcoming business environment and collaborative efforts with local leaders in Tennessee, making the transition smooth.
The move to Tennessee is significant because it reflects the contrast in gun laws between Massachusetts and Tennessee. Massachusetts, a Democrat-led state, has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. In contrast, Tennessee, a Republican-led state, has expanded its gun laws in recent years, including the approval of permitless carry in 2021.
Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn, who attended the ribbon-cutting event, expressed her state’s enthusiasm in welcoming Smith & Wesson. In Tennessee, the Second Amendment is considered non-negotiable, and the state looks forward to continuing its partnership with the gun manufacturer to boost economic development and the highly skilled workforce.
During the grand opening event, competitive shooter Jerry Miculek set an NRA record by hitting six steel plates with a 9 mm revolver in just 1.88 seconds. The event showcased the company’s commitment to firearm excellence.
The new headquarters, announced in 2021, occupies 230 acres southwest of the McGhee Tyson Airport. Smith & Wesson plans to build a museum and retail store at the location in the coming years, making it a hub for firearms enthusiasts.
Smith & Wesson’s decision to relocate to Tennessee reflects the importance of states’ gun policies and regulations for firearm manufacturers. The move allows the company to operate in an environment that aligns more closely with its values and the interests of gun rights advocates.