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Remington Closes Operation in New York and Heads to Georgia After 200 Years

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Remington, a gun factory in New York dating back to the 19th century, plans to close in March. According to a letter from the company to union officials, RemArms, the current version of Remington Arms, will close its facility in the Mohawk Valley Village of Ilion around March 4, 2024.

According to reports, the letter said the company “did not arrive at this decision lightly.” To the left, getting rid of guns will somehow stop all wanton murder in the country. The left argues that getting rid of unjust murder in America is their end goal. However, the left has convinced itself that the only way to stop murder in the country is to outlaw guns.

Contrarily, opponents argue that outlawing guns will do nothing to deter the criminal elements. In addition, they cited the frequency and size of shootings in states with restrictive gun laws. Consequently, they regard the left’s “solution” to America’s issue “inefficient.” They also argue that they cannot think on a more macro level.

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Opponents also argue that Remington shutting down its operations is due to the left’s attacks. New Yorkers can’t understate how big of a deal this development is. Ilion is the birthplace of Remington, as they founded the company there.

In addition, the company has been manufacturing guns there since 1816, which is well over 200 years worth of history. Aside from the historical value, the facility closure will involve layoffs, resulting in many people losing their jobs.

According to Union officials, the plant currently employs over 270 workers. Due to the abrupt closure, local Republican lawmakers put out a joint statement. They blamed Democrat hostility as the reason RemArms was leaving the Empire State.

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“Unfortunately, like we have seen all too often in New York, burdensome regulations, crippling taxes, and problematic energy and other policies continue to force businesses and companies to flee the state, taking jobs and livelihoods with them.” The statement said. 

“We will continue to communicate with state and federal officials and work to help and assist the company’s employees and their families during this difficult time.”

In addition, GOP New York Rep. Elise Stefanik did not stop short of calling out Democrats. “It is because of New York Democrats’ unconstitutional gun grab policies that the oldest gun manufacturer in the country are moving out of the state,” Stefanik noted as part of that joint statement.

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“I have spoken with local officials and Remington Arms union members in United Mine Workers of America, Local 717, about how we must stand up to New York’s failed unconstitutional gun bans.”

Also, Cecil E. Roberts, international president of the United Mine Workers of America, said the closure was “extremely disappointing.” Similarly, Remington subtly blamed the state’s policies and regulations in an email about their reason for leaving New York.

“RemArms is excited to expand our facilities in Georgia,” the auto-reply email stated. The email added that Georgia “not only welcomes business but enthusiastically supports and welcomes companies in the firearms industry.”

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