Kahr Arms Leaving New York Due to Gun Laws
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Kahr Arms, a gun manufacturer mainly known for their slim, lightweight pistols designed for concealed carry, has announced they will leave the state of New York due to the states recent passage of the SAFE Act.
According to the Pocono Record, Kahr is looking to purchase an entire 620 acre business park in Pike County, PA for around $2 million.
Company spokesman Frank Harris said that Kahr was ready to work out a deal in NY, but once the SAFE Act was passed they knew they couldn’t stay in a state that was so hostile to gun rights.
According to Harris, Kahr will bring around 100 jobs to Pike County along with a large economic impact. The company’s business is currently booming with manufacturing being backlogged a full year. Sales are currently in the $75-100 million range.
According to the Pocono Record,
“We were ready to sign a deal in rural Orange County, N.Y. But when the governor passed stricter gun control, it made it tough to continue on that path, so we jumped over the river,” Harris said.
“New York has become very unfriendly to people in the gun business. We feel like we are being treated like criminals in New York. That is one of the reasons we are coming to Pennsylvania.”
Kahr would use some of the business park in Blooming Grove for its own purposes, and sell some lots to other manufacturers, said Pete Helms of Chant Real Estate who is handling the deal.