HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Remington’s decision to move two gun production lines from New York to Huntsville is drawing sharp criticism from northern lawmakers who said their state’s stringent gun laws are costing jobs.
The gun manufacturer announced Friday it would move production of its Bushmaster and R1 handgun lines to its new Alabama facility.
The Bushmaster, a semiautomatic weapon, is no longer allowed to be sold in New York unless it is modified.
Alabama’s pro-2nd Amendment political climate is without a doubt an attractor to the Remington company.
Everyone knows in Alabama – we like our guns.
It’s all well and good for our neighbors to the north to chide Alabamians and our lawmakers for what some characterize as a regressive, backwoods, homegrown approach to gun laws – but when it comes to losing jobs and growth to gun-toting southerners – that’s a different story altogether.
I’m sorry I can’t stop laughing at the poor New York lawmakers, who have done everything they know to make the state unfriendly to business and especially gun makers.
And if you are going to move your business, HSV is just about the best possible city. It’s chock full of extremely well educated people and has a long history of precision machine work and the talented workforce that those industries require. Couple that with a terrific quality of life, and the question really is, why didn’t Remington move sooner?