I briefly read a headline about this incident earlier today but thought, surely it was a missprint or misunderstanding of the facts. I was wrong.
Jerome M. Hauer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s director of homeland security, took out his handgun and used the laser sighting device attached to the barrel as a pointer in a presentation to a foreign delegation, according to public officials.
via Ready … aim … point … talk – Times Union.
As a friend put it, perhaps the reason these people are in such a rush to take away private citizen’s guns is because they themselves can’t be trusted to use them properly either. I mean, in just one day on August 24, 2012, NYPD was responsible for shooting 10 out of 11 people shot in connection with a workplpace violence indicent and only one of the people shot was the bad guy! Between Hauer and the NYPD, New York is NOT the place to be!
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.