Remington to NY: Pound Sand; Firearms Maker Moving Large Portion of Operation to Alabama
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It was really just a matter of time until Remington (which is now comprised of numerous brands under the Freedom Group) began to pull its operations out of anti-gun New York.
It has been announced that Remington will be moving production of two of its most popular firearms lines, its Bushmaster AR-15 rifles and R1 1911 from New York to the more gun friendly Alabama.
According to The Buffalo News,
While the company did not announce the outright closing of the facility that has been home to Remington since 1816, gun rights advocates said that day is now likely moving closer and they blame the state’s 2013 NY SAFE Act gun control law.
“This could very well be the beginning of the end of Ilion,’’ said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the state chapter for the National Rifle Association.
The Buffalo News last September featured Ilion in a story about residents there growing increasingly worried that Remington, the anchor in the village of 8,000 in Herkimer County, was under growing pressure to leave New York since passage of the SAFE Act.
While Remington made no mention of the New York’s new restrictive gun laws, called the SAFE Act, it is widely thought that this package of extremely anti-gun laws played a part in the decision.
We don’t currently have the information about the new Alabama facilities, but will update this post it once we find out the number of employees and information about the new manufacturing operation in Alabama.