A group of U.K.-based gun makers is set to shutter their factories, following a national outcry after a gunman killed 14 people in a gun attack at a shopping mall in Manchester, England.
Gun manufacturers in the U.L.V.T.L.-listed Gunsmiths Group, B.G.A.A., C.I.G., and Colt have all said they will close their factories in the country following the election of a new government in Britain, which is widely seen as favoring gun control measures.
“Following the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and Westminster, the company’s decision to cease production of certain firearms will not be affected,” Gunsmith’s Group, which makes firearms and parts, said in a statement.
“The safety and security of our customers is of paramount importance and we are taking this step to preserve our brands and our customers’ trust.
We are taking the appropriate actions in order to mitigate any potential disruption to our customers and the wider industry.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May said she will ask the U,N.
Security Council to adopt measures to prevent gun violence, calling the incident a “shocking attack.”
Gunsmiths, which has more than 3,600 employees worldwide, said it was working to “mitigate the impact” of the attack and was working with its partners on ways to improve safety.
Gunsmith’s said it has been working closely with the police to provide “a more comprehensive, coordinated response” to the attack.
The U.N. security council unanimously condemned the attack in May, calling it a “terror attack” and calling on all parties to do everything in their power to stop it.
Gunner and Gannon are the only two U.KS.-listed gun makers to remain open, and the British government has said it will not ban or restrict the import of any new guns.
Gunsmith said it had already taken measures to ensure the safety of its workers and customers, and would continue to do so.
The announcement comes after a week of gun violence in the United Kingdom, after a man opened fire in an attack at Parliament on June 16.
Gunnersons Group also said that it would halt production of its firearm components in the UK, while Colt, which was a major player in the firearm industry, said that if the British parliament passes legislation to ban or limit the sale of guns, it would “close all of its manufacturing facilities in the territory of Great Britain.”
Gunnerson’s Group’s parent company, Gunsmith, had said earlier this month that it was suspending its operations in the West Midlands and the South West, where it employs 1,000 people.
Gun owners in the area are concerned that the closures could cause an economic hardship and make it harder for them to purchase their guns.
The government has already pledged to introduce new gun controls, including tighter restrictions on the sale and ownership of firearms.