Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, Otsego County, criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun-control proposal, warning that it might alienate a large gun manufacturer that operates a plant in Ilion, Herkimer County.
With an assault-weapons ban, Seward is concerned that Remington Arms might leave New York, taking the upstate New York manufacturing plant’s jobs with it.
“We need a balanced approach to help us to maintain those 1,000-plus jobs at Remington Arms in Ilion and also to maintain the interests of law-abiding legitimate gun owners,” Seward said after Cuomo’s State of the State speech.
Ilion is in Seward’s state Senate district.
“I think we can solve this problem of creating safer schools, safer communities, without ruining Remington Arms,” he said. “Let’s face it: They do not have to be located in a state that is hostile to legitimate gun ownership, and that’s the danger.”
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