(Aggregate News Network) Firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson has relocated its headquarters from New England to Tennessee, a decision that has earned praise from the National Rifle Association (NRA). This move underscores the company’s commitment to firearm excellence and the preservation of Second Amendment rights.

Tyler Schropp, NRA Executive Director of Advancement, congratulated Smith & Wesson, emphasizing the importance of preserving the gun industry and Second Amendment rights. The NRA played a pivotal role in passing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005, which shields firearm manufacturers from liability when their products are misused.

Founded in Connecticut in 1852, Smith & Wesson moved its headquarters to Springfield, Massachusetts, before establishing a new home in Maryville, Tennessee, with a grand opening ceremony for its 650,000-square-foot headquarters.

Smith & Wesson’s CEO, Mark Smith, expressed optimism about the future and praised Tennessee’s favorable gun laws and collaborative efforts with local leaders. Tennessee’s pro-gun policies contrast with Massachusetts’ strict regulations.

Senator Marsha Blackburn welcomed the company to Tennessee, highlighting the state’s commitment to the Second Amendment and its pro-business policies.

During the grand opening event, competitive shooter Jerry Miculek set an NRA record by hitting six steel plates with a 9 mm revolver in 1.88 seconds, showcasing American marksmanship.

The new headquarters, announced in 2021, sits on 230 acres near the McGhee Tyson Airport and includes plans for a museum and retail store in the future. This relocation solidifies Smith & Wesson’s presence in Tennessee and underscores the importance of the American firearm industry and Second Amendment rights protection.