New state law raises concerns about RemArms’ future in Ilion

New state law raises concerns about RemArms’ future in Ilion

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, was in Ilion Tuesday to discuss the Congressional amicus brief related to an upcoming Second Amendment case in the U.S. Supreme Court, but many of the concerns expressed centered on a new state law regarding civil lawsuits against gun manufacturers. The law passed by the state Legislature and signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo raises concerns among state and local officials about the future of the Ilion gun manufacturing plant now known as RemArms. The new law makes it easier to bring civil lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers, bypassing the blanket immunity provided under federal law. The new law also affects those who import or market guns, saying they can be held liable for a public nuisance if guns are used to harm the public. “Unfortunately, if a law like that is passed in New York state, we would have to reconsider our options for the future and our plans to expand our New York operations,” said Richmond Italia, a managing partner for Roundhill Group Inc., owners of RemArms, in an email. “I’m in no way a lawyer, or an expert in anything law. But the bill they’re proposing just seems completely unconstitutional.” RemArms began calling back former Remington employees after reaching a letter of agreement with the United Mine Workers of America early in April, bringing back 230 workers. Mayor Brian Lamica commented during the news conference that Remington is a big part of Ilion’s history and said public officials […]

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