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Posted:  1/25/2013 10:05 AM #36217
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Subject: Remington comments on fate of company
ILION — By AMANDA FRIES When asked Thursday what the fate of Remington Arms in Ilion was or whether jobs were at stake, officials were brief. “We are carefully evaluating our options,” said Teddy Novin, director of Marketing and Public Affairs for Freedom Group, Inc., which is the parent company of Remington. This is the first time that Remington has offered any response to questions on the state Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, which was passed by the state on Jan. 15.

The firearms act marks New York as the first state to outline a stricter definition of assault weapons and implements an immediate ban of those defined as such. This means that semi-automatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature are considered assault weapons, according to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The act also ban magazines that hold more than seven rounds and runs instant background checks on all ammunition purchases at the time of the sale, among other aspects like mental health.

U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, has been in constant contact with Remington officials since the firearms act was passed, Hanna’s spokeswoman Renee Gamela said.

“Remington is well aware of the economic impact they have in the area,” she said. “They’ve indicated to us that they have no plans to change anything at the moment.”

Indeed, employees said inside the close to 200-year-old gun manufacturing plant, things have been business as usual.

Frank “Rusty” Brown, chairman of the Compac Committee and Remington employee since 1994, said employees have heard nothing from Remington officials since the act was passed, yet the show goes on.

“We’re a little nervous, but we’re busy. We hope to continue to be busy,” he said, adding that the employees are “uncomfortable, but we’re still hiring people. It’s really a mixed message for us.”

This uncertainty also was the impetus for Herkimer County Legislator Gary Hartman, D-Herkimer, voting “no” on a resolution to oppose the SAFE Act.

“I do not know if Remington Arms will change their employment strategy…” he said. “I don’t know whether the law will result in job losses at Remington Arms.”

Hartman was the only “no” vote of the evening, leaving the other 14 legislators present — with two absentees — emphatically voting “yes.”

Remington officials have not answered direct question relating to the number of gun sales in the state, nor the street sales, that would directly be affected by the law.

While the law has been passed, Brown said the fight is not over.

“We will be heading down to Albany on Jan. 29, just the political committee, to talk to legislators again,” he said, adding they also intend to send people down for a rally Feb. 8.

When asked Thursday what the fate of Remington Arms in Ilion was or whether jobs were at stake, officials were brief.

“We are carefully evaluating our options,” said Teddy Novin, director of Marketing and Public Affairs for Freedom Group, Inc., which is the parent company of Remington.

This is the first time that Remington has offered any response to questions on the state Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, which was passed by the state on Jan. 15.

The firearms act marks New York as the first state to outline a stricter definition of assault weapons and implements an immediate ban of those defined as such. This means that semi-automatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature are considered assault weapons, according to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The act also ban magazines that hold more than seven rounds and runs instant background checks on all ammunition purchases at the time of the sale, among other aspects like mental health.

U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, has been in constant contact with Remington officials since the firearms act was passed, Hanna’s spokeswoman Renee Gamela said.

“Remington is well aware of the economic impact they have in the area,” she said. “They’ve indicated to us that they have no plans to change anything at the moment.”

Indeed, employees said inside the close to 200-year-old gun manufacturing plant, things have been business as usual.

Frank “Rusty” Brown, chairman of the Compac Committee and Remington employee since 1994, said employees have heard nothing from Remington officials since the act was passed, yet the show goes on.

“We’re a little nervous, but we’re busy. We hope to continue to be busy,” he said, adding that the employees are “uncomfortable, but we’re still hiring people. It’s really a mixed message for us.”

This uncertainty also was the impetus for Herkimer County Legislator Gary Hartman, D-Herkimer, voting “no” on a resolution to oppose the SAFE Act.

“I do not know if Remington Arms will change their employment strategy…” he said. “I don’t know whether the law will result in job losses at Remington Arms.”

Hartman was the only “no” vote of the evening, leaving the other 14 legislators present — with two absentees — emphatically voting “yes.”

Remington officials have not answered direct question relating to the number of gun sales in the state, nor the street sales, that would directly be affected by the law.

While the law has been passed, Brown said the fight is not over.

“We will be heading down to Albany on Jan. 29, just the political committee, to talk to legislators again,” he said, adding they also intend to send people down for a rally Feb. 8.



Posted:  1/25/2013 1:31 PM #36219
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Remington builds AR15s and sells them with high-capacity magazines. For that company to willingly support with its tax dollars a state government that bans its products and persecutes its customers is cynical hypocricy at its worst. If New York's new law is not drastically amended, and Remington remains in New York, I can no longer consider purchasing any of their products. The same with the rest of Freedom Group - so long as it is owned by Cerberus - also headquartered in New York. America's gun buyers MUST inflict economic penalties on companies that cave to political correctness.


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