New York-based Remington Arms is expected to announce Monday that it will open a manufacturing facility in Alabama, following a growing national trend.
The move is expected to create about 2,000 jobs, with an estimated economic impact of $87 million, according to Yellowhammer News. The New York facility will stay open, but with a reduced workforce.
“The company is making the move as an expansion of capacity, production and research,” an anonymous source told Yellowhammer News.
Remington, founded in 1816 in upstate New York, is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products. The company also has a factory in North Carolina.
Yellow Hammer News reported:
Remington first began considering new locations after the New York legislature passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act in response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn.
In addition to banning magazines that contain more than seven rounds and requiring instant background checks on ammo purchases, the SAFE Act broadened the definition of so-called “assault weapons” to include a wide range of guns, including the Bushmaster, which was being manufactured at Remington’s New York plant.
If the report is accurate, Remington would join Kahr Arms of Rockland County, N.Y., as the second gun manufacturer to move jobs out of the state because of the SAFE Act.
After the legislation was passed, Kahr announced it would move some of its operations to more gun-friendly Pennsylvania, according to The Daily Caller. Frank Harris, vice president of sales and marketing, said of New York at the time, “We don’t feel welcome.”
The Daily Caller reported that other companies have made similar moves as a result of restrictive gun control laws, saying:
Magpul Industries of Erie, Colo., a manufacturer of AR-15 parts, accessories and magazines. Magpul warned the state in Feb. that the company would move if legislation banning standard capacity magazines passed. In March, Gov. Hickenlooper signed a ban, and Magpul set out in search of a new home, possibly in Texas.
PTR Industries, a maker of semiautomatic rifles in Bristol, Conn., has also chosen to move. In reaction to Connecticut’s recently enacted legislation, the company confirmed in June that it would be moving to Aynor, S.C.
And they’re not alone. Connecticut-based Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced in August 2013 that it will open a factory in the same North Carolina town that Remington calls home. And after Maryland passed strict gun laws last year, Beretta decided to open a new facility in Tennessee.
While states are free to act as laboratories of democracy in promoting social change, businesses, and voters, are choosing to respond with their feet.
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