Remington creates a stir in New York by checking out sites in Tennessee

New York gun makers in a squeeze: stay or go? – City & Region – The Buffalo News.

At the height of the controversies following the Sandy Hook Massacre, Remington Arms was viewed as a bit of a turn coat. This was in part, because Remington had recently secured some $80 million in new business producing rifles for the US government and in doing so, issues assurances that they would remain in New York as other NY manufactures planned to move.  This happened at a time that New York’s “SAFE” Act threatened to make it impossible for gun manufacturers to continue operating in the state.  But, the New York legislature saw fit to codify exceptions for Remington Arms that would allow them to continue operations in the state, they simply couldn’t sell many of their products to NY residents.

Well, now it looks like Remington Arms was either holding their cards close to their chest, or may have simply wised up and realized New York’s current political structure will eventually drive them out of business. It seems that Remington has been scouting sites for new facilities in  Tennessee. It is unclear if this location scouting is just company leadership going through motions to appease customers who threaten to stop doing business with a gun company residing in New York, or if Remington is serious about potentially expanding or relocating entirely out of New York. Either way, Remington is commenting publicly.

-Gary

3 thoughts on “Remington creates a stir in New York by checking out sites in Tennessee

  1. In case you wonder why relocating mfrs are looking at mostly places other than Texas, just look at the last census info. Texas is at great risk of turning blue, with Caucasians being only 45% of the population and amnesty threatening to make it substantially lower. That makes Texas a risk state compared to, say, Tennessee or Idaho. If I were a decision maker for Remington, I’d look at liberals controlling Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas…and then I’d look elsewhere. I’ve lived here for over 40 years, and I’m considering moving.

  2. Rather surprising and overly simplistic response, William. Should we therefore assume that if it isn’t white, it isn’t right? While Texas is very much in danger of turning blue, statements like this do nothing to slow the tide. It only serves to reinforce the very perceptions that push so many non-whites firmly into the other column and it has been a problem with the right since Republicans adopted their “Southern Strategy” in the mid 1960s. You clearly have a different opinion but, I don’t see the fact that whites no longer represent the majority in Texas as the end of the world. But to discount Texas solely on that fact is pretty pathetic. Guess there’s no hope for guys like me because I’m not black enough to live among Democrats and apparently too black to be among people like you.

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