The CEO of Remington Arms has confirmed New York’s tough gun laws played a role in the firm’s decision to relocate a major manufacturing plant to Alabama, reports AL.com. In a letter to New York officials, Remington CEO George Kollitides said the company’s decision was brought about by “state policies affecting use of our products.”
Remington announced in February it would open a $110 million production plant adjacent to the Huntsville International Airport. The facility will bring 2,000 jobs to the area, with production expected to begin next year. In 2013, New York legislators approved the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement, or SAFE Act, in response to the mass murder of children at a Newton, Conn., school. Among the firearms it restricts are versions of the Bushmaster and R1 semiautomatic pistol lines, two of the weapons that will now be produced in Alabama.