Sunday, December 21, 2014

Officials: Not just jobs, possibly entire plant at stake with new gun control laws
By WKTV News

ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - Some in power in Herkimer County aren't only worried about losing jobs at Remington Arms; they're worried about losing the entire plant.

New York State on Tuesday enacted what many say are the toughest gun control laws in the nation.

Some in Herkimer County feel the move could make New York appear hostile toward law-abiding gun owners. And they fear that could make the owners of gunmaker Remington Arms think twice about continuting to do business here, especially when they're so aggresively courted by communities in states that love guns.

"They're there, people are looking to take it out of here as quickly as they can. And I think any state that makes their life easier, I mean the Arms does have a plant in Kentucky and another one in South Carolina," says Herkimer County Legislator Raymond Johnson, in whose district Remington sits.

Adding to the existing cloud of uncertainty hovering over the nearly 200-year-old gun manufacturer-the fact that it's for sale. There is concern among some elected officials in the county that the current owners won't want to put a lot of money into the plant if the need exists in order to make its product compliant with current laws.

Union leaders and members, about 30 of whom travelled to Albany on Monday in order to convey their concerns to legislators, didn't have much luck finding the lawmakers, most of whom were in session.

A Buffalo attorney is challenging the new law's constitutionality in court.