Gun Companies To Exit New York

Free Beacon brings us the latest news on the fallout from the NY SAFE Act Governor Andrew Cuomo rammed through without public input. Gun companies are leaving the state, and taking their jobs with them.

Nearly 10 months since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) signed the SAFE Act, opposition to the law continues to increase, multiple gun companies have announced plans to leave the state, and a key provision in the law has been quietly delayed.

American Tactical Imports (ATI) announced it would be leaving the state and will be investing $2.7 million in its new facility and creating 117 new jobs in South Carolina.

ATI’s announcement follows the decision of Kahr Arms to relocate to neighboring Pennsylvania, citing “uncertainty” about gun laws following the passage of the SAFE Act.

“One of our big concerns was, OK, the SAFE Act was passed in the middle of the night. You wake up the next morning and boom, that was it,” Kahr Vice President of Sales and Marketing Frank Harris told theTimesUnion in July. “It’s not just the SAFE Act, but the uncertainty.”

Meanwhile, Remington Arms is reportedly scouting locations in Tennessee for a new plant, following passage of the SAFE Act.

“One of the nation’s largest gun manufacturers, Remington Arms, has looked at sites around Nashville for a potential corporate relocation or expansion that would likely include hundreds of manufacturing jobs,” the Tennesseean reported in August. The company’s New York plant manufactures a rifle that is now banned under the SAFE Act. (Read More)

If Remington Arms leaves it will be a huge blow to the village of Ilion and the surrounding area. The company employs about 1,300 in jobs that pay well. This in a village with only about 8,000 residents. What will they do? Get fast food jobs, demand an increase in the minimum wage, and sign up for Obamacare?