Updated 01/30/2013 07:26 PM
Legislators from at least five states courting Remington
Gun advocates have made an outcry over New York's new gun laws, but for some out-of-state legislators hungry for some of New York's gun business, it's become a feeding frenzy. YNN's Andrew Sorensen tells us what they are doing to get a piece of the action.
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ILION, N.Y. -- Frank Brown represents thousands of increasingly restless workers of Remington Arms with the United Mine Workers of America.
He said the attitude is, "Scared over there, now. Folks are starting to realize it seems very real."
They've been up against union negotiations, a tough economy.
"You name it, we've gone through it," he said.
"For other states and congressmen of other states to actually court the business., who knows business decision-wise what the company would do, or could do," Brown said.
The union says they've come across letters from senators down to state representatives from five different states basically saying 'leave New York, come here.' The letters are strongly worded reactions to New York's new gun laws.
South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan's claims, "Enemies of freedom are waging an all-out war on the second amendment."
Another from Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar says New York's laws signal, "[Remington's] business, [their] job creation and [their] contributions to New York State are no longer welcome."
"There is some hope, you know, that we'll stay here," said Brown.
But he is worried about the incentives states are offering, like new facilities.
"You know, it's hard to say no," he admitted.
But there's still a lot to figure out here in New York, so if Remington will move or not, is still relatively uncertain. The Union says they plan to join a lawsuit to overturn the law and potentially keep the company in Ilion.
Some, like Congressman Richard Hanna, say they're hardly even worried or surprised at this conversation.
"A world renowned company like Remington Arms would be welcome virtually anywhere," Hanna said.
He's more worried about future military contracts hanging in the balance.
"We very much would like to see it done here and they're perfectly geared up and capable of doing it here," he said.
But Brown said morale is down.
"Now that you've got us down, kick us. That's the feeling. And that's the feeling of the folks inside the plant now," he explained.
But they say they'll keep fighting until the company decides where to go.
Remington's union is also planning on holding a rally in Albany next month.
They hope to put pressure on politicians to repeal the new gun laws.