New York’s Gun Grabbers Lose as Remington Sends Jobs to Alabama

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, Gun Rights, Industry News, News, Second Amendment

State lawmakers will one day learn there are consequences to their actions. Unfortunately, it is more often the people governed than the lawmakers who receive the brunt of the repercussions from poor lawmaking. Over the last month or so, New York launched a new campaign—Start Up NY—touting a business-friendly attitude by promising a 10-year tax holiday for any business that starts, relocates or expands in New York. During this same time, Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Schumer, Governor Cuomo and others have made every effort to show exactly why businesses should not trust the Excelsior state (Ever Upward). Tax free? Maybe. Needlessly over regulated? Most definitely.

Start up New York logo with Navy Blue and Yellow

From vile and misleading (if not simply outright) lies about firearms and firearm owners to trampling on citizens rights by dictating the size of diet soda you can buy, New York’s lawmakers have shown their true colors. A 10-year tax holiday, offered by lawmakers so willing to enforce its nanny state mentality, is no place for a business that plans to be around after 10 years. In the case of the firearm industry, it is not a place for a business planning to be around for more than the next year or two. Fortunately, Big Green heard the lawmaker’s messages loud and clear.

New York is not the only state interested in attracting new business and Remington has been around far too long to not understand the dangers of investing in an anti-Second Amendment state such as New York. As a result, it looks like instead of going “ever upward,” New York’s lawmakers have once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Remington announced it will open a new plant—deemed an expansion rather than a relocation—which will bring 2,000 new jobs to Alabama. And who could blame Remington?

Caliber markings on a Bushmaster AR-15

One of the guns specifically targeted by New York’s SAFE Act was Remington’s Bushmaster MSR.

Would you rather expand in a state bent on oppressing its citizens under the thumb of government or a state with the motto, “We Dare Defend our Rights?” Defending the rights of the citizens; what a novel concept—certainly one that liberal lawmakers simply do not seem to understand. As for New York, Remington’s Ilion, NY plant will remain open, but likely with a reduced workforce. Governor Cumo’s office is already spinning it that New York will not lose any jobs.

The purposed move has not been a secret and it’s a subject Cheaper Than Dirt!’s The Shooter’s Log has covered in the past. Remington first showed its hand when the New York legislature passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act as a knee-jerk reaction to the tragedy in Newtown, CT. The Act requires background checks to purchase ammunition and bans magazines containing more than seven rounds of ammunition. The ill-advised Act also broadened New York’s misleading definition of assault weapons to include several new models. Remington’s Bushmaster was included under that new definition—a slight obviously not lost on the decision makers at Big Green.

Over half of the states understand citizen’s rights and tout a business-friendly environment. These business-friendly venues have courted Remington in hopes the plant would land in their fair state. These states included Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Tennessee just to name a few. However, in the end, Huntsville Alabama will receive the prize—construction dollars, jobs and future revenues.

It is easy to feel for some of the pro Second Amendment residents of New York—citizens who have actively voiced their opposition to New York’s anti-Second Amendment dictators. Your voice has not resonated with a majority of your citizens in past, but now may be your time. Bloomberg is out and although his replacement is far from a step up, you have a strong position. People are known to vote their pocketbook. Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Cuomo need to be held to account for their gun-grabbing rhetoric and the loss of jobs and revenues to the state coffers as a result of their personal agendas.

Remington 150 Years of firearms in New York

For 150 years, Remington has been producing arms in New York, but political posturing may soon end that American tradition.

On one side of their mouth they are offering incentives to attract business. At the same time, they are talking out of the other side of their mouth to impose their will over the voices of the citizens. It’s up to you New Yorkers. Sit back, feel the pain and watch your rights be stripped by the few, or stand up and expose these zealots for what they really are. You have the political ammunition to reach the masses and an issue near and dear to their hearts—money.

How will you applaud Remington for its decision? Share you advice for New Yorkers in the comment section.

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (26)

  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

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    Japan ruined our steel production years ago, and what they have produced since, is of poor quality.
    Yeah, it makes you tired and cofused, trying to understand his point, huh?
    They just said on NRA News, that Remington isn’t moving from Illion, but expanding to Alabama, taking up residence in an old Chrysler plant, and bringing two thousand jobs to the people of Alabama. They did say they were offering to transfer employees, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a fair amount of takers.
    Yes, any expenses incured, will most likely be past on to consumers, Hank, and you’re right. Not very many anti-gunners will bare any of it. Possibly some of their bodyguards, etc.

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    • Bill

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      Japan didn’t ruin our steel industry nor do they make inferior steel. In fact, they make steel with modern techniques and processes. The government and big unions ruined the US steel industry. Remington should move out of NY.

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  • 57Stratman

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    Bill, don’t you think that it’s not so much Japan’s fault for our steel industry biting the dust, as it is the short sightedness of our government for lifting the tariffs on imported goods in the 70s, and then NAFTA in the 90s? So in reality it’s OUR fault for allowing our government, a government of the people, for the people, and by the people, to legislate a future for all of us that only benefits a few of the ultra rich. Our government, Big Brother, has a history of doing things in the name of being “good for all”, and making laws that are simply designed to put us under their thumbs and keeping us there. I often wonder what our founding fathers and those that fought and died for this countries original freedom would think of the phuked up government we have today. Please pardon my emotion, this is a subject that really irks me.

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  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

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    57 Stratman, yes you’re probably right on that. I just remember I was young, and working in a steel foundary here in Texas then, a union job at that. And had worked before that making tank heads from plate steel, which was made here, in the states. Later, I had my own welder and torch, and built my own diamond plate stake bed with hydromatic dumper, and modified some trailers and other projects, and steel got so expensive you couldn’t make anything as cheap as you could buy it, and along the way everyone complained about that “cheap Japanese steel” which was brittle, thinner gauge, and would just keep cracking. You’d weld it up, and it would crack right beside your weld, again and again. I never was political, and never pondered why, only felt dismayed by the whole ordeal, because I loved working with steel. I always thought I’d have a nice shop someday, but that never happened. The foundary and mill I worked at have long been leveled also. I certainly won’t argue the point that our government has painted us into corners on so many levels.(NAFTA)

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  • Mark

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    All firearms manufacturers should leave those anti 2ndA states.
    Let them reap what they sew.

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  • Paul Russell Sr

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    May the state of New York an my former home state Rhode Island lose money on what they are doing to the firearms businesses. Obama is a horses asshole.

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