Remington Arms is moving production of its Bushmaster AR-15 rifles from New York to Alabama.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D) SAFE Act made the rifles illegal “to sell in New York without modification,” and it appears Remington has chosen not to continue manufacturing a gun in a state where the sale of that gun is not allowed.
On February 17, Breitbart News reported that Remington had acquired a 500,000 square foot facility in Huntsville, Alabama. At that time, Remington CEO George Kollitides pointed to Alabama’s state motto–“We Dare Defend Our Rights”–as something that summed up Remington’s reason for expanding there.
On May 16, The Buffalo News reported that the new building will be used for Remington’s Bushmaster line of rifles, as well as their 1911 R1 pistols.
Remington’s Teddy Novin did not mention the SAFE Act by name when he announced the shift to Alabama. He simply said, “This was a strategic business decision to concentrate our resources into fewer locations and improve manufacturing efficiency and quality.”
He also said Remington is “working hard to retain as many people from the affected facilities as possible.”
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