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NY State Guns Laws Costs it Jobs to Alabama

This was feared for over a year, but now it is indeed happening.

Nearly 200 years after Eliphalet Remington II forged his first rifle in Ilion, residents of the small central New York village are getting the bad news they have feared for more than a year: Remington Arms is moving production of two of its gun lines to Alabama.

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.

Remington said it will move production of its Bushmaster line of semi-automatic rifles that are no longer legal for the company to sell in New York without modifications. It is also sending work on its popular 1911 R1 pistol.

Remington is now the third gun manufacturer in New York State to announce plans to move part or all of its production facilities to another state after the Empire State passed some of the strictest gun laws in the country.  This announcement only effects 80-some jobs in the upstate New York area, but it is unknown if it is the start of a more drastic decision in the months and years to come.

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