The New York-based Kahr firearms manufacturer announced plans to expand operations in Pennyslvania and also to relocate its corporate office to that state, blaming New York’s gun control laws.
Kahr Firearms Group, currently of Pearl River, N.Y., said the company is relocating because of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE), which New York passed in response to the Connecticut school shootings.
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“We’re looking for a more friendly environment for our business,” said Frank Harris, a Kahr spokesman, according to The Associated Press
. “Maybe we could have stayed here and built a plant, but the way the bill was passed left us feeling there were a lot of uncertainties going forward. Why take a chance when we can be in a state where they’re not looking to cause us any problems?”
In a press release on the Kahr website
, the company stated plans to purchase 620 acres of commercial real estate from Pennyslvania’s Pike County Industrial Park Development Group/Business Development Corp.
“We anticipate generating significant numbers of revenue and jobs for the local Northeastern Pennsylvania economy with the construction of facilities, expansion of manufacturing and need for local vendors,” the release said.
SAFE expanded gun control, including bans on military-type weapons, limiting magazines to seven bullets, and taxing bullets. It has been controversial, and has been criticized by gun rights advocates.
Predictably, the hot-button topic of gun control and this announced move got a lot of social media reaction.
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