Updated: 02/18/2014 5:58 AM
Created: 02/17/2014 5:44 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
A major gun manufacturer is expanding, but not in New York State. Instead, the company is opening a plant in Alabama. Is it because of the SAFE Act?
Remington Arms in Ilion, near Utica, says it chose Alabama because of its support of personal liberties and second amendment rights. In News10NBC’s exclusive New York State Exposed Reports, we showed you how jobs are leaving New York because of the controversial SAFE Act. Empire State Development Corporation said jobs at Remington arms are staying in New York. But for how long?
Remington has been in New York since 1860. According to employees, the company started seriously thinking about moving out-of-state after the New York’s effect was passed in January of last year. The announcement has many community members asking if this out-of-state expansion is the first day of the company leaving altogether.
A big reason why Remington could be looking to move out-of-state is New York SAFE Act, which made a popular gun, the Bushmaster, illegal. That is made gun is made at Remington. The community of Ilion is still losing even if the company stays. According to published reports, positions will be cut with the expansion in Alabama. At a local bowling alley, News10NBC spoke to a man who worked at Remington for more than 30 years. He knows first had what the community is losing with this expansion.
Edward Gahan said, "It would be devastating. Our property value would crash; I mean businesses would go under. It would be devastating to this whole valley.”
News10NBC took this community's concerns to the governor's office. A spokesman for the governor's office said that they have spoken directly to the owners of Remington and they were told that Remington has no plans to close or cut any jobs here in Ilion.