Remington Moves To Georgia, Citing ‘Legislative Environment’ In New York

Remington CEO Ken D’Arcy has announced that the company’s decision to move to Georgia was made in response to the direction that legislation was heading in New York.

In a press release shared by the Associated Press (AP), D’Arcy explained that the “legislative environment” in New York is especially concerning to the firearm industry.

Remington’s plant in Ilion, New York, which was launched in 1828, is currently in the process of closing — marking the end of generations of New Yorkers working at the firearm factory. This sentiment was encapsulated in a statement from a former worker at the factory, Jim Conover, who began working at Remington’s Ilion plant in 1964 and stayed employed there for four decades.

Conover told the AP that, “When Remington leaves, it’s not going to be like a facility leaving, it’s going to be like part of your family has moved off.”

It was first reported on Dec. 1, 2023, that Remington planned to close the Ilion plant, with the anticipated date of closure being reported as early Mar. 2024.

In response to that announcement, a joint statement was released by New York state Sen. Joseph Griffo (R), Assemblyman Brian Miller (R) and Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R), who explained the likely reasons behind the decision.

“Remington’s reported decision to close its Ilion plant next year is concerning and unfortunate,” the statement read. “This facility, which received investment from the state, employs many local residents. Unfortunately, like we have seen all too often in New York, burdensome regulations, crippling taxes and problematic energy and other policies continue to force businesses and companies to flee the state, taking jobs and livelihoods with them. We will continue to communicate with state and federal officials and work to help and assist the company’s employees and their families during this difficult time.”

Alongside the burdensome regulations and ridiculously high taxes, New York also has an excessive amount of unconstitutional gun control laws — so much so that the far-left organization “Everytown for Gun Safety” ranks New York as the number two state in the U.S. for gun control laws.

These gun control measures include a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” a ban on “high-capacity” magazines, universal background checks, a red flag law, gun storage requirements, regulations on “ghost guns,” a microstamping requirement for newly made handguns, a ban on carrying firearms on college campuses or K-12 campuses even for self-defense or classroom defense and very strict open carry regulations.

With all of the excessive regulations in New York state, it is no wonder that Remington had concerns about continuing to operate there.

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