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P-T-R Industries makes mostly modern sporting rifles. A new law in Connecticut bans assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, so the product became illegal, forcing the manufacturer to find a new home.

Josh Fiorini, the owner of PTR industries, who started his company with his grandfather about ten years ago, said, "if the legislature took more time to draft the new law, there could have been a good compromise between those wanting more gun control and those doing business here."

Dozens of states reached out to PTR to try to lure them. But in the end South Carolina won out for the new location in Aynor.

Shelby Anderson is the owner of Ned's. She said everyone she speaks with is excited about PTR gun manufacturer coming to town.

"We just are hoping businesses will come so more people have jobs instead of depending, living off welfare and food stamps and stuff so we're tickled. We just hope it stays when it gets here," said Anderson.

Anderson said she wants things to get back to the way they were when a different manufacturer was in town she said around 20 years ago.

"When Aynor manufacturing was here everything was booming and Aynor manufacturing moved and so people just scattered out everywhere. We hope it'll come back to town, you know make the town bigger," said Anderson.

Ever since that plant left, Anderson said outside of town has been growing but things have stayed the same in Aynor. And a realtor in town said it's the same for his market.

"There was a small drop after that closed and it was a bit of a blow to the community but with this coming it'll be really nice and will create new jobs for a lot of folks," said Andrew.

Tray Andrew, owner of Coastal Land and Home, has lived in Aynor his whole life. He said PTR  industries will be great for business.

"It's going to be good to focus on manufacturing jobs and things like that rather just tourism. It seems that Horry County sometimes focuses a little too much on tourism and that's good and that's very important to our county but it helps to have these other type jobs too for the locals," said Andrew.

Andrew said they have 60 new homes that were in the process of being built. He hopes with this new manufacturer he will have an easy time filling those up.

To read more about PTR click here.

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