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

Knee-jerk legislation is never a good idea and NY is learning it the hard way…

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-25/cuomo-s-7-bullet-limit-to-be-suspended-indefinitely-skelos-says.html

So it seems that in the Democrat’s race to ban guns, they’ve come to realize they didn’t think things through in their effort to take advantage of a tragedy.  First, it was a realization they didn’t codify a means by which police or military could retain their magazines.  Then, Cuomo admits no one makes a seven-round magazine for most guns.  And one can only guess the issue of constitutionality finally raised in the Democrat’s consciousness when they finally noticed that as written, even the 10-round magazines they said were grandfathered, couldn’t be legally sold, purchased, or manufactured in the state of New York once the law went into effect.

As a society, our nation has developed a habit of passing laws or enacting new policies in the name of everything that ever goes wrong or in the name anyone who dies.  This needs to stop as it consistently leads to bad policy that is either not enforceable or completely counter productive, whether it be Prohibition, the “War on Drugs,” the Patriot Act, or banning guns. People need to grow up and realize that “shit happens” even when we do everything “right.”  It is already illegal to kill people. You can’t make murder “more illegal” than it already is as murder tends to be a capital offense in most states. There’s little point in creating a maze of new laws that impact only law abiding citizens who are unlikely to commit murder in the first place.

-Gary