…or, We’ll see how this works out:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a 500,000-square-foot factory in Alabama that would employ 2,000 people, AL.com and the Military Times reported today….
Gov. Andrew Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi posted this on Twitter at 8:30 p.m.:
“Some are misinformed, others gleefully spreading misinformation, but to be clear, no Remington jobs are leaving NY.”
However, apparently the president of the local union chapter is not so sanguine:
A union official said Saturday the Remington Arms Co.’s decision to open a manufacturing plant in Alabama does not bode well for Ilion, and he’s blaming New York’s SAFE Act restrictions on assault weapons.
“It can’t be good,” said Fran Madore, president of United Mine Workers Local 717, which represents 1,180 of the 1,300 Remington employees in Ilion. “How can it be good?”
Madore said plant officials told him they wanted to meet with him Monday. They did not say what they wanted to talk about, but Madore said he assumes it will be about the company’s reported plans to open a 500,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Ala.
So, who has more credibility here? The PR hack whose job is to cover the governor’s arse when he does stupid things that kill jobs, or the union official whose boots are on the ground in the center of the action, so to speak? Sure, the sponsor of the microstamping bill introduced in the New York state senate was saying back in 2012 that gun manufacturers didn’t leave California and Massachusetts when microstamping was pushed through; now, though, with the recent announcements from Smith & Wesson and Ruger that they will no longer sell new guns in California because of microstamping, it’s not as much of a stretch to think Remington will pull out of New York entirely at some point — especially with them opening up an entirely new location as opposed to expanding at an existing location.
And it wouldn’t come a moment too soon. The fewer gun companies in anti-gun states the better.
In related news, an old bit from New Yorkers Against “Gun Violence” that I found in the comments to the story about the announcement that ran yesterday that has to be seen to be believed:
New York State taxpayers have been subsidizing two gun manufacturers in New York, Remington Arms and Kimber Manufacturing, with more than $11.4 million in public funds while the products created by both companies continue to kill and injure thousands of innocent New Yorkers and they refuse to do anything to help.
Yes, because high-end bolt-action hunting rifles, $1000-plus 1911s, and even more expensive AR-15s are the New York gangbangers’ weapons of choice, amirite? Talk about a whole new level of stupid. (Or mendacity, take your pick.)