Longtime CT gunmaker leaving state

Mark Malkowski, owner of Stag Arms in New Britain, Conn. talks about his company's newly designed Stag-22, a weapon he says will be legal in the state of Connecticut, during a news conference on Thursday May 9, 2013. Looking on is John A. Napierski, Jr., owner of Jojo's Gun Works LLC in Southington, Conn. Malkowski says the reworked rifle should be legal because it uses a lower caliber bullet than the traditional AR-15, but the company was consulting police before going into production. Gun control advocates say the move violates the spirit of the new law, which expands Connecticut's assault weapons ban and bans large capacity ammunition magazines. (AP Photo/The Republican-American, Jim Shannon)

Mark Malkowski, owner of Stag Arms in New Britain, Conn. talks about his company's newly designed Stag-22, a weapon he says will be legal in the state of Connecticut, during a news conference on Thursday May 9, 2013. Looking on is John A. Napierski, Jr., owner of Jojo's Gun Works LLC in Southington, Conn. Malkowski says the reworked rifle should be legal because it uses a lower caliber bullet than the traditional AR-15, but the company was consulting police before going into production. Gun control advocates say the move violates the spirit of the new law, which expands Connecticut's assault weapons ban and bans large capacity ammunition magazines. (AP Photo/The Republican-American, Jim Shannon)

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NEW BRITAIN - Longtime city gun manufacturer Stag Arms announced Monday the company will move its headquarters to Wyoming by the end of the year.

The company which for years manufactured guns, including assault rifles, in New Britain, had become embroiled in controversies after the Sandy Hook shootings which killed 26 in 2012.

Stag Arms former owner and president Mark Malkowski bucked attempts to reform state laws after the shootings making the sale of certain assault rifles illegal in Connecticut.

Malkowski was charged by federal authorities in 2014 after an investigation revealed the company had dozens of guns or gun parts with no serial numbers - a violation of federal gun sale and manufacturing laws, federal documents said.

Malkowski was required to relinquish ownership of the company as part of a plea agreement with federal authorities under which he would serve no prison time. federal authorities said.

He personally was required to pay a $100,000 fine and the company was issued a $500,000 fine and turned over to White Wolf Capital, LLC.

In a statement issued Monday, Elie Azar, founder and CEO of White Wolf Capital, announced that Stag Arms would be moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming by the end of 2019.

"We decided to do a complete refresh of the company,” Azar said.

Former managers of the New Britain-based company said since 2016 the New Britain workforce of 75 has been largely laid off leaving only three employees left.