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Kimber on Gun Control: Quotes From Heated Debate

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 10:33 AM

With headlines dominated by shootings and gun violence on a regular basis, the gun control debate is increasingly drawing in firearm manufacturers like Kimber. Strict gun laws have forced Kimber to address gun control issues imposed on them and other firearm manufacturers.

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One particular law that brought the debate to a head in 2013 was the passage of the SAFE Act, a New York state law. It imposed restrictions on selling and buying firearms and ammunition that had potential to hurt business done by Kimber and other New York gun manufacturers.

The SAFE Act banned possession of any high-capacity magazines without regard to date of manufacture or sale and established a maximum capacity of 10 rounds. Ammunition dealers were required to do background checks, and report sales to state officials. The law also required all assault weapons to be registered and a background check on all gun sales – including private sales.

Soon after the law was passed, Lawrence Kean, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said Kimber and other gun manufacturers had been approached by several states, including South Carolina and Texas, to relocate from New York. "CEOs have told me they could basically move their factories for free," Kean told the New York Daily News.

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Kahr Firearms Group relocated its corporate offices in 2013 after the law was passed, blaming the law's restrictions for the decision. "Why take a chance when we can be in a state where they're not looking to cause us any problems?" Frank Harris, Kahr's vice president for sales and marketing, said in an article published on Syracuse.com

American Tactical Imports also left the state in 2013, moving to South Carolina, saying in a statement to the NY Daily News,"It is imperative that a firearms importer and manufacturer do business within a state that is friendly to the Second Amendment rights of the people."
 
More strict gun-control laws from New York could force out the remaining firearm manufacturers according to Tom King, the president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. "They are all on the verge of moving; it is just a matter of how much can they put up with," King told the NY Daily News.

Such moves could devastate the New York economy in many local towns. "It's essential to the local economy. I think we're very aware of the possibility a move could happen any time," Steve Pardi, a pharmacy owner in Ilion, N.Y. – the headquarters for Remington – told the Buffalo News.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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