Amidst gun control debate, Congressman Hanna wants to protect Remington Arms
ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - Congressman Richard Hanna has written a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature regarding gun control. The letter asks to protect Remington Arms and their 1,200 jobs. In an interview with NEWSChannel 2 said, "What we're really saying is just remember Ilion. Remember how devastated things are here and what would Upstate New York, particularly Ilion, Herkimer, Mohawk, Frankfort look like without Remington Arms?" The letter comes as state leaders consider the possibility of changing gun laws, including the possibility of banning the sale of assault rifles to citizens, rifles like the ones made at Remington Arms. On gun control, Hanna said, “I want to talk about it. No, I don't have an opinion about it just yet. I don't see why we need to limit people's rights to own those necessarily. I think you have to look at the individuals who are using those. Things like smaller magazines, those are the things we should be talking about, better, more-thorough background checks, maybe different registration, maybe different standards nationally. Which are tough to do, because we have the Tenth Amendment, states’ rights." Hanna urges New York State leaders that as they consider any new gun legislation, they take into account the full impact and economic stability of the entire state.