The CEO of Remington Arms has confirmed New York’s tough gun laws did play a role in its decision to relocate a major manufacturing plant to Alabama. The company opened a manufacturing plant in Huntsville in 2014 following New York’s anti-firearm legislation passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook, CT shooting. This is where their AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles from Bushmaster, DPMS, and Remington Remington R-15 and 1911 style R-1 pistols are built.
In a letter to New York officials, Remington Outdoor Company CEO George Kollitides said the company’s decision was brought about by “state policies affecting use of our products.” The letter was first reported in the New York Daily News.
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said: “Last week the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama enjoyed a great economic victory when Remington Outdoor Company announced 2,000 new jobs and a new firearms manufacturing plant in the Valley.
“Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that hard-working Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment’s Right to Bear Arms [quote] ‘have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.’ [end quote]
“No question, Alabama and the Tennessee Valley owe a debt of gratitude to New York and its Governor Cuomo for helping to inspire Remington to expand in Alabama.
“But, to be fair, New York’s hostility to the 2nd Amendment is only one factor supporting Remington’s Alabama expansion.
“The most important factor is that Alabama is simply a better place to do business.