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Remington Wins Opening Move In Bizarre Sandy Hook Lawsuit

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This is from Bearing Arms.

Hopefully the judge will dismiss this frivolous lawsuit.

I also would like to see Remington counter sue for damages caused by this suit.

Attorneys for a group of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims filed a bizarre case in December, essentially arguing that all self-loading firearms are too dangerous for the public to own, and that gun manufacturers are negligent for simply manufacturing their products. While the case is interesting as an example of creative fiction, it is laughable as a legal matter.

The case moved one step closer to a possible dismissal yesterdays as lawyers for Remington won the argument to move the case to a more palatable federal court unlikely to be influenced by Connecticut’s rabid anti-gun politics.

Remington gun manufacturer just won its push to move a wrongful death suit brought by 10 families of Sandy Hook shooting victims to federal court — and at least one legal insider says that’s a significant boon for the company.

The case was then moved to the 2nd U.S. Circuit, before U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny — a move that one legal mind says bears well for the company.

“The 2nd Circuit has previously refused to hold gun manufacturers liable or permit lawsuits against gun manufacturers for injuries caused by third parties,” said Timothy Lytton, a professor at the Albany Law School, AP reported. “It has a history of knocking these types of cases down.”

The case is attempting to hold the manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of the Bushmaster carbine used in the Sandy Hook massacre responsible for the murders, even though the murderer acquired the firearm itself by murdering his mother to acquire it and the other firearms he brought to the school.

The lawyers for the family are attempting to claim that Bushmaster was negligent for even making the semi-automatic AR-15 carbine used to murder 26 and wound 2 at the school, despite the fact that semi-automatic firearms have been around since the 1800s and are the most popular action type for both pistols and rifles in the United States.

The AR-15 is the best-selling centerfire rifle platform in the United States year after year, and there are estimated to be more than 5+ million in the hands of American citizens.

 

 

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Remington to NY: Pound Sand; Firearms Maker Moving Large Portion of Operation to Alabama

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This is from Guns Save Lives.

Remington has been in Ilion, NY  since 1816.

This could be the end of Ilion,NY.

Maybe New York might think of repealing the so-called Safe Act.

 

It was really just a matter of time until Remington (which is now comprised of numerous brands under the Freedom Group) began to pull its operations out of anti-gun New York.

It has been announced that Remington will be moving production of two of its most popular firearms lines, its Bushmaster AR-15 rifles and R1 1911 from New York to the more gun friendly Alabama.

According to The Buffalo News,

While the company did not announce the outright closing of the facility that has been home to Remington since 1816, gun rights advocates said that day is now likely moving closer and they blame the state’s 2013 NY SAFE Act gun control law.

“This could very well be the beginning of the end of Ilion,’’ said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the state chapter for the National Rifle Association.

The Buffalo News last September featured Ilion in a story about residents there growing increasingly worried that Remington, the anchor in the village of 8,000 in Herkimer County, was under growing pressure to leave New York since passage of the SAFE Act.

While Remington made no mention of the New York’s new restrictive gun laws, called the SAFE Act, it is widely thought that this package of extremely anti-gun laws played a part in the decision.

We don’t currently have the information about the new Alabama facilities, but will update this post it once we find out the number of employees and information about the new manufacturing operation in Alabama.

Remington Outdoor Company Announces Expansion to Alabama

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This is from AmmoLand.

New York is getting payed back for the passage of the draconian law known as the N.Y. Safe Act.

Stupidity like elections has consequences.

Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield welcomes Remington CEO George Kollitides

Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield welcomes Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfieldat a news conference announcing the gunmaker’s plans to open a new manufacturing plant in Huntsville. (Sarah Cole | scole@al.com)

HUNTSVILLE AND MONTGOMERY, AL –-(Ammoland.com)- Governor Robert Bentley on Monday announced Alabama has recruited the country’s oldest firearms manufacturer to Alabama.

Remington

Remington Outdoor Company (ROC) will expand to the old Chrysler building in Huntsville, and create more than 2,000 new jobs within the next ten years. Governor Bentley joined Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides and other state and local leaders for the official announcement.

“I am honored to welcome Remington to Alabama,” Governor Robert Bentley said.

“The Alabama workforce, our business climate and our quality of life continue to make Alabama extremely attractive to companies. Remington will soon experience the same type of success that other companies in Alabama have already experienced. Today’s announcement will create more than 2,000 jobs in Huntsville, and reflects a statewide capital investment of $110 million. Our relationship with Remington is just beginning, and I look forward to a continued partnership with the company.”

“With the acquisition of this facility, we plan to create more than 2,000 jobs in Huntsville over the next decade,” said George Kollitides, Chairman and CEO, Remington Outdoor Company. “This additional capacity is essential to fulfill demand and introduce new products. Having watched our Company grow from 2,400 employees in 2008 to 4,200 employees by the end of 2013, a five year, 75 percent increase, it is easy to see why we’re investing now.”

In 2013, ROC made significant strides including its ammunition facility expansion, firearm capacity growth, winning a multitude of highly competitive military and law enforcement contracts, launching its 1816 lifestyle brand, and introducing a series of exciting new products such as Ultimate Defense Handgun Ammunition and the 783 bolt action rifle. Bolstered by record sales, the company chose to expand operations to Alabama.

“2013 was an outstanding year during which we grew by every key measure,” continued Kollitides. “We are capitalizing on this momentum by strengthening our positions across the board. With demand for our products at an historic high and more new product launches planned for 2014 than ever before in our 200-year history, we are investing in the future.”

Last year, ROC modernized its production facilities, re-focused its research and development on customer requirements, and ensured consistent, high-quality manufacturing. Together, these advancements demonstrate a commitment to meeting customer demand. The Huntsville expansion provides for future needed capacity to support existing product demand and a robust new product pipeline.

ROC has 19 locations in the United States, and Huntsville and Madison County officials praised the company’s decision to expand to Huntsville.

“With news of this Remington facility expansion, we have yet another example of Huntsville fulfilling its economic development promise,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. “Our workforce is among the best and brightest in the nation, and they deserve challenging career opportunities, along with the high quality of life Huntsville provides. We are thrilled to welcome Remington to our city and region.”

“Our pro-business environment, along with the region’s extensive manufacturing experience, helped us outmaneuver two dozen other states looking to attract Remington,” Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong said. “This announcement represents new diversity to our local economy, and will provide an array of opportunities for skilled tradesmen, engineers and support personnel.”

Following facility upgrades, ROC is expected to begin operations in Alabama within the next 18 months.

About Remington Outdoor Company
Remington Outdoor includes some of the most globally recognized brands on the market including Remington, Remington 1816, Bushmaster Firearms, DPMS/Panther Arms™, Marlin, H&R, The Parker Gun, Mountain Khakis, Advanced Armament Corp. , Dakota Arms, Para USA, Nesika, Storm Lake and Barnes Bullets.

About the City of Huntsville
Huntsville is Alabama’s second largest city with more than 550,000 residents in the metro area. The city became internationally known in the 1950s and ‘60s for building the rockets that put man on the moon. The city is now diversified in aerospace, missile defense, biotechnology, telecommunications and advanced manufacturing, with more degreed engineers per capita than anywhere else in the U.S.  Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park is the second largest of its kind in the country.

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ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE POLICY CENTER TARGETS SHOT SHOW EXHIBITOR, BUSHMASTER OWNER

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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

These  loons just keep on trying to destroy gun companies.

This is why every gun owner needs to help fight these loons

while supporting all companies targeted by them.

 

On January 13—the eve of SHOT Show 2014—Violence  Policy Center (VPC) released a paper targeting the marketing techniques Freedom Group, a SHOT Show exhibitor, uses for the gun companies they own.

Freedom Group holds and markets Bushmaster, Remington, DPMS/Panther Arms, Advanced Armament Corp., and Marlin, among others.

VPC says Freedom Group uses “militarized marketing” to sell their firearms—including pump shotguns.

For example, VPC says Freedom Group sells Bushmaster AR-15s by using the motto “Justice for All,” as well as phrases like “Control your Destiny” and “Bravery on Duty.” They also point out that that the Remington 870 pump shotgun—one of the most popular shotguns ever made—is marketed with words like “tactical” and with phrases such as, “[when] every second counts.”

VPC claims that Freedom Group uses this kind of marketing to appeal to “males who already own firearms” and “young males” who don’t but are “intrigued” by the “tactical coolness factor.” They then remind their audience that Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15 in committing his heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary.

What VPC doesn’t say is that Lanza stole that Bushmaster.

What they also don’t say is that many Freedom Group firearms are marketed with a law enforcement angle because many of them—like the Bushmaster AR-15 and the Remington 870 pump shotgun—are law enforcement staples.

On January 9th Breitbart News reported that Forsyth County, North Carolina, Sheriff William Schatzman had acquired 88 Bushmaster AR-15 rifles for “officers on the street.”

 

America’s Secretest Weapon

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This is from Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.

Unlike the author and his heavy Model 52 Winchester I started with a 1932 Remington

Model 33 blot action single shot.

The Remington shot the short,long and long rifle.

I was taught when shooting at small game you better have game for every shot

if not you went to bed without supper.

After a few missed meals I became a very good shot with that Remington.

I was able to find another Remington Model 33 about four years ago.

It will train my daughters to shot and shoot very good. 

 

By L. Neil Smith, lneil@netzero.com. The Libertarian Enterprise

© Copyright JPFO. Inc

 

The object in this photograph, just short of an inch long in real life, is a round of small-arms ammunition known as “.22 Long Rifle“, mostly for historical reasons, It works perfectly in hundreds of different kinds of pistols and revolvers, as well. It is a puny thing, relatively speaking, compared to other popular rifle and pistol cartridges.

The ubiquitous 9 millimeter pistol cartridge is good for roughly 350 foot/pounds of energy, which is how these things are measured. The .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol), which many individuals regard as the most reliable self-defense cartridge ever invented, creates about 400 foot/pounds. Dirty Harry’s mighty .44 Magnum can produce about 1000 foot/pounds. .223 Winchester, the nasty little cartridge fired by the nastly little M-16, produces 1465 foot/pounds. 7.62x39mm, the AK-47 and SKS round yields 1650 foot/pounds. .30-06, the cartridge employed in both World Wars, generates just short of a ton and a half: 2997 foot/pounds.

.22 Long Rifle produces 102.

Nevertheless, Robert F. Kennedy was shot to death using at least one revolver loaded with .22 Long Rifle cartridges, and Sarah Brady’s meat-puppet husband James was turned by the same caliber of cartridge into the poster boy for punishing every American who didn’t shoot him, just as Gabby Giffords wants to punish everybody who didn’t shoot her.

People use .22 Long Rifle for a variety of purposes. It’s common to hunt rabbits and squirrels with it, and it has fed many a hungry family. It’s possible to kill a deer with it, but illegal in most states. Many individuals somewhat foolishly rely on it for last-ditch self-defense.

But more than anything else, .22 Long Rifle is used for practice, competition, and recreation. The fundamentals of firearms use can be learned cheaply using this little cartridge, which costs the merest fraction of what larger, high-performing cartridges cost. Almost every grownup shooter I know began with a .22 of some description. Mine was a big, heavy bolt-action single-shot Winchester Model 52, belonging to the club that ran the range. It weighed nine pounds, like a wagon-axle on a fencepost, and involved more straps and buckles than a fetish video.

I was an undersized 11-year-old, shooting in the basement of an Air Force base building, for a merit badge and sharpshooter’s medal under sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America and the National Rifle Association.

“Postal matches” were conducted there, and I was involved somehow, but can’t remember the details. I wasn’t a good shot: I couldn’t hold the gun up long enough to form a sight picture. One Saturday morning, I went in to make up a match I’d missed the previous week and had a religious experience: a kid there was shooting a tiny semiautomatic Browning .22 with a receiver about the size of a flashlight battery. It was lightweight — 5 pounds — and handy, with an 11-round tubular magazine in the butt-*stock. I shot the best score with it I’d ever shot.

But as usual, I have digressed.

The .22 Long Rifle cartridge is probably used most — far more than any other cartridge — for the kind of informal target practice called “plinking”: shooting empty cans, plastic bottles, and so on. There are very few things in life that I have found more satisfying. Of course, every shot you fire, even in this loose, easy way, makes for valuable practice. Most of what I know about shooting I learned from .22 Long Rifle.

Which brings us to the point I want to make. I read the other day that Mike Vanderbough*, a man I admire greatly, has said that, with millions of deer hunters in the field every fall, using high-powered, telescopically-sighted rifles, the American corps of snipers is larger than entire armies of other countries, including our own. Given the grade of firearms training offered by most governments, any invaders dumb enough to pick on us are in for the military nightmare of their lives.

Now it’s easy enough to drop the hammer on a mule deer. I’ve done it many times, myself. But my guess is that it’s different doing it to another human being, even one wearing a sky-blue helmet, Still, Mike’s made a point I never thought of; he’s almost certainly right. What did Admiral Yamamoto say about “a rifleman behind every blade of grass”? That was his description of America, and why he didn’t want to fight us.

Taking nothing at all from Mike, here’s another statistic that ought to raise the hair on the back of the neck of every potential troublemaker with an IQ bigger than his shoe size: the historically important fact about the humble .22 Long Rifle is that Americans shoot two billion rounds of the stuff every year. That’s 11 million pounds of lead — 5700 tons — poured downrange every year, 40 grains at a time.

A grain (Avoirdupois) is 1/7000 of a pound.

Two billion rounds.

What sort of fool would deliberately get into a dust-up against a population with that kind of firepower and hands-on experience? Who would contemplate sending minions into what amounts to a solid lead wall, moving at a thousand feet per second? Apparently, the fools at the United Nations and their hangers-on and enablers, who mistakenly believe they won’t be the poor slobs sent out there to the downrange side of 80 or 100 million American shooters, grimly determined to preserve their political independence, individual freedom, and their guns.

Two billion rounds.

And every one, if we make it so, a shot heard ’round the world.
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*http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/

 

Remington Sells Out To NY For $80 Million “Sniper” Rifles Government Contract

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This is from Freedom Outpost.

It seems Remington has sold its soul for thirty pieces of silver.

It is time to boycott Remington Arms and ammunition.

I will not be buying from Remington.

ack in February, several gun manufacturers decided to boycott law enforcement in states that are hostile to the Second Amendment, states like New York for instance. They would not be providing weapons or ammunition. Within a week that number had grown by over 700%. In thefirst article I provided information for several gun manufacturers that could be contacted to come on board with this boycott, including Glock, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson and Remington. Well, now we know where Remington stands. They stand on the side of government as they have let it be known that they will be staying in New York and they have now acquired a government contract worth $80 million.

Remington informed New York state lawmakers that they were planning to spend $20 million to upgrade their manufacturing facility in Mohawk Valley. The word was that they were considering moving if New York implemented stricter gun control laws as they have in the NY SAFE Act. Remington had been approached by several states to move.

Lawmakers spoke with Remington about their expansion. The company has received $5.5 million in state incentives over the past five years.

While that is in the past, news has come out from New York Congressman Richard Hanna regarding an $80 million contract. According to his website:

UTICA, N.Y. – U.S. Representative Richard Hanna today announced that Remington Arms has been awarded a nearly $80 million contract to produce more than 5,000 sniper rifles for the U.S. military. The work will be done in Ilion by Mohawk Valley employees.

The federal contract comes from the Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), a division of the U.S. Department of Defense. The contract will be awarded over the course of 10 years.

“The award of this contract to Remington Defense further shows that they are the premier manufacturer of sniper rifles for our Armed Forces,” Rep. Hanna said. “I have full confidence that this contract will be fulfilled with the high quality and standards that define our Ilion workforce. I fully support Remington Arms and will continue working to ensure that the company and its dedicated employees can thrive in Herkimer County for generations to come.”

Sniper rifles for the military, eh? At $80 million, that comes out to $16,000 per rifle over the next ten years. This comes on the heels of Serbu firearms saying they would not be providing their .50 caliber sniper rifles to the New York Police Department.

While these rifles are being manufactured for the U.S. military, one does wonder if this would also keep channels open to provide firearms to New York Police as well.

The irony in all of this is that New York, which has a clearly anti-gun government, will profit tens of millions of dollars from the production of guns through employee’s taxes, sales tax and more.

While I own at least one Remington firearm, I will not be purchasing further products by Remington, including ammunition.

Freedom Group owns Remington, along with several other gun manufacturers, including Marlin, DPMS, Para, and Bushmaster.

Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/04/remington-sells-out-to-ny-for-80-million-sniper-rifles-government-contract/#ixzz2QSpeRsOX

Call to Stiffen Laws Worries Town Built by Guns

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This is from The New York Times.

It seems as long as the liberal agenda goes forward the economy be damned.

People and businesses are voting with their feet.

People and businesses are escaping oppressive taxes and regulations.

It is time for people to stand up and take back all forms of government.

We are losing way too many rights and freedoms.

 

ILION, N.Y. — This is the town that Remington built.

Almost 200 years ago, a young man named Eliphalet Remington Jr. forged his first rifle barrel at his father’s ironworks here in the Mohawk Valley. These days, the Remington Arms factory in this village, midway between Albany and Syracuse, is one of the few large manufacturers still prospering in a part of upstate New York that was once filled with them.

But now residents of Ilion, a community whose history and economy are indelibly linked to one of America’s more celebrated gunmakers, are starting to worry about Remington’s future. The recent mass shootings at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin have galvanized advocates of tougher gun laws in Albany, and Remington has made it clear that such laws could prompt it to leave New York for a more sympathetic state.

While elsewhere the debate over gun control includes talk of balancing constitutional rights with public safety, here residents are most concerned with a little-discussed element of the gun industry: economics.

Diana Bower, who owns a small engineering business with her husband, a onetime engineer at the Remington plant, said politicians pressing for new gun laws — many of them from New York City — did not realize what was at stake upstate. For example, company officials have said one proposal under consideration would require costly plant retooling.

“If you don’t live here and work here,” Ms. Bower said, “you really don’t know what it means to say, ‘Pass this,’ or, ‘Pass that.’ ”

And Rusty Brown, a furnace technician in the powdered-metal products division at the plant and a former president of its union, spells it out bluntly: “In my eyes, Remington goes away, Ilion goes away.”

Remington, which has its headquarters in North Carolina, employs more than a thousand people at its Ilion plant, a complex of four-story brick buildings, some still with creaky wood floors, that are connected by passageways. The plant looks like a relic of the Industrial Revolution; from the outside, at least, little has changed since close to a century ago, when Remington expanded to meet the demand for firearms during World War I.

Ilion, which now has about 8,000 residents, developed around the plant, and the Remington name is ubiquitous here. Students at Remington Elementary School can see the factory from their playground; even the doormat on the front steps at the Ilion police station notes, “Home of Remington.” (Free gun locks are available inside.)

The company is a rare economic bright spot in this part of the Mohawk Valley. The area has lost over 11,000 of its manufacturing jobs since 1990, or more than half, according to the State Labor Department. But Remington has added positions in recent years as its parent company consolidated production of other gun brands, like Bushmaster and Marlin, in Ilion.

“Not only have they stayed, but they’ve grown,” said John Scarano, the executive director of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce. He added that the jobs at the plant were “not minimum-wage jobs — they’re good jobs,” and, indeed, many of the job postings on Remington’s Web site recently were for skilled engineering positions.

Yet the talk of new gun laws, in a state that already has some of the most restrictive in the nation, has some people on edge.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said last week that he felt a new urgency to tackle legislation relating to gun violence and planned to make it one of his top priorities when lawmakers returned to Albany for the legislative session next year.

“There’s been current events that have really shaped the psyche of this state, and I think there is a receptivity, as we stand here today, by the Legislature for additional measures,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said, adding, “I think there’s an appetite for reform, and I think that’s a good thing.”

Lawmakers are proposing, among other things, to limit firearm sales to one per person per month; to require background checks for anyone purchasing ammunition; and, most controversially, to require microstamping, a form of ballistics identification, for all semiautomatic pistols sold in New York State.

Microstamping has been an anathema to gunmakers. Colt has suggested that it might leave Connecticut if legislators there approved microstamping legislation, and, for years, Remington has strenuously opposed the measure in New York State.

A Remington executive, Stephen P. Jackson Jr., wrote to Mr. Cuomo earlier this year and said that the enactment of microstamping could force Remington “to reconsider its commitment to the New York market altogether, rather than spend the astronomical sums of money needed to completely reconfigure our manufacturing and assembly processes.”

In Ilion, Mr. Jackson’s threat was not taken lightly.

“If they have to spend a million bucks on that, they’ll move out where they don’t have to spend a million dollars,” said Steve Maley, who owns a custom jewelry and repair shop across the street from the Remington plant. As it is, he said, “New York State taxes are killing everybody.”

Another gunmaker, Kimber, which has a manufacturing plant in Yonkers, is also threatening to cut jobs at its factory if the Legislature approves microstamping. The company has said that passing such a law would create “little more than a false sense of achievement for our elected officials” while costing the state jobs and tax revenues.

And Remington and its competitors are not lacking suitors: in recent years, a number of states, including Alabama, Montana and South Dakota, have sought to persuade gunmakers in the Northeast and Midwest to move their plants to parts of the country with less restrictive gun laws, and, in many cases, a culture that is friendlier toward guns.

State Senator James L. Seward, a Republican whose district includes Ilion, said that passing new gun laws in Albany “would send a bad signal to this gun manufacturer that they’re in a state that’s hostile to gun ownership and gun manufacturing,” and that it could prompt the company to “go to a more hospitable state, no question.”

“It may make people feel good to think they’ve done something,” Mr. Seward added, “but at the end of the day, the criminal element and those that go out and do these horrible things, they’re going to get their weapons. And the cost could be great for a community like Ilion.”

Advocates of tighter gun laws are unsympathetic, accusing Remington and others of using the threat of layoffs to give themselves leverage against state lawmakers. The proposed microstamping law would require that the technology be used only on semiautomatic pistols sold to consumers in New York State, not all of the guns they make in the state.

“I think it’s ridiculous for them to argue that they would leave New York,” said Jackie Hilly, the executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, a group that wants microstamping. “Look, frankly, if we really want to keep jobs in New York, let’s invest more money in yogurt,” she added, referring to one of the state’s growing industries.

To residents, Ilion without Remington would be unimaginable. The Arms, as it is known, is the family business for many; both of Mr. Brown’s parents worked at the plant, and his wife works there, too.

“Three-quarters of the town probably worked there at one point,” said Tim Daly, who manages a bank branch in town and is a co-owner of a liquor store next to the plant. “You think of Ilion and Herkimer County, you think of Remington Arms.”

 

 

 

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