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Political view of Remington Arms furloughs

After a series of lay offs and recent furloughs at Remington Arms in Ilion, some are connecting the presidential elections to the changes in the gun industry.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2017 3:35 PM
Updated: Oct. 24, 2017 3:35 PM

ILION, NY-- After a series of lay offs and recent furloughs at Remington Arms in Ilion, some are connecting the presidential elections to the changes in the gun industry.

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In March 122 employees were laid off and in September another 60 employees were let go. Some are worried the plant could soon close for good.

"I'm a local volunteer fireman and a lot of my brothers and sisters in local fire departments all work at Remington Arms," said Jason Galusha, of Ilion. "It's the life of Ilion if they close Remington Arms what is there left of the village? It does impact everybody here and I know a lot of people are worried about it."

Luke Perry, professor of government and politics at Utica College, said politics can play a role in gun sales.

"I think there's a perception among some gun owners that if there is a democratic presidential administration, there's a greater likelihood that gun rights will be restricted," he said. "However there's been little to no change in gun rights throughout the last several years even with many mass shootings."

According to a report by the Washington Post, recent FBI statistics gun sales and ammunition have dropped since election day. In January and February there was a decline of about 17 percent, compared to last years numbers.

"Remington is more than just Herkimer County," said Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-New Hartford. "It's the whole Mohawk Valley... it's supported a lot of families a lot of expansion here in the valley, it's helped a lot of small business grow that support Remington and we don't want to see anything happen to Remington."

Remington plans to release the exact numbers and when the furloughs will happen sometime next week.

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