Increased gun sales eases stress for some at Remington Arms

ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - Apparently the fear of increased difficulty in getting a gun has made many people want a gun.

"They had the best quarter of their history the last quarter of last year," said Congressman Richard Hanna, speaking of Ilion gunmaker Remington Arms.

Many in January feared that passage of New York Safe Act could hurt the company's bottom line. But Remington workers say they can't keep up with the demand for their product. And that is making them feel more secure in their livelihood.

"I feel that my future's all right. That we're staying busy, we're working the overtime. Guns are selling....just because we can't sell in New York, there's 49 other states we sell to," says two-year Remington Arms employee Tyson Davis.

Adding to company hopes for a promising financial future-an $80 million contract to make more than 5000 sniper rifles for the military over the next 10 years. Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Vincent Bono says Remington Arms is adding 200 jobs next month.

"I've joked that Remington Arms should offer a certificate to Governor Cuomo as employee of the month because he really has, and President Obama also has increased gun sales," says Bono.

Remington company officials this week told state lawmakers in Albany that they want to stay in Ilion, where the workforce is unparalleled.

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