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Thu May 9, 2013
Gun Control

Remington Arms' owner breaks silence on state's gun laws

The owner of the Remington Arms factory in upstate New York has finally made a statement about the state's strict gun control laws, calling them unconstitutional, nearly four months after their enactment.

On Tuesday a message was posted on the company's Facebook page that states while the gun maker is not happy with the New York SAFE Act, the company will not abandon its workers.

"While we are unhappy with the misguided acts of our elected politicians, Remington will not run or abandon its loyal and hard working 1,300 employees without considerable thought and deliberation," the company writes.

The SAFE Act, passed Jan. 15, restricts magazine clip sizes, expanded background checks and banned sales of assault rifles in New York. The Remington Plant makes several types of weapons that now fall under that assault weapons ban. They are still permitted to manufacture and export those models.

In the weeks after politicians in Albany quickly passed the new gun control measures, fears in the plant's nearly 200-year-old hometown of Ilion rose about the company closing or relocating.

At one point, lawmakers from several states were openly courting Remington to move out of New York, citing their less strict gun laws, but Remington remained silent through the matter.

Here is the company's entire statement:

To our Remington fans,

We believe the NY SAFE Act is unconstitutional and was passed in a questionable fashion.

Remington and its employees worked diligently with pro-gun legislators to prevent the Act's passage. We actively participated in the Albany rallies and drove the letter-writing campaign to stop this anti-gun legislation.

The recently awarded Department of Defense (Special Operations Command) contract, questioned by some as a "pay-off," has been in development for years -- it has nothing to do with NY State.

While we are unhappy with the misguided acts of our elected politicians, Remington will not run or abandon its loyal and hard working 1,300 employees without considerable thought and deliberation. Laws can be overturned and politicians voted out of office, but the decisions we make today will affect our people, their families and entire communities for generations.

Please bear with us as we determine the most appropriate way to satisfy our customers and protect our employees.

Over the past five years, the state’s economic development agency has given Remington's parent company, Freedom Group, $5.5 million to expand in Ilion and add jobs. But the Cuomo administration seems unlikely to do that again.