A Georgian's Perspective On Remington Moving Here

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Earlier this week, Cam reported on Remington moving to Georgia. They’re leaving the gun-controlled “paradise” of New York and heading somewhere that firearms are actually appreciated. That place is the generally Second Amendment-loving state of Georgia.

Where I’m from.

Here’s the story for those who missed it:

The country’s oldest gun manufacturer is packing up and moving its headquarters from New York to Georgia, part of a broader trend of firearms manufacturers fleeing blue states.

Remington, which was founded in 1816, announced that it will move its global headquarters from Ilion, a village in central New York, to LaGrange, a city of about 30,000 people located in western Georgia.

“We are very excited to come to Georgia, a state that not only welcomes business but enthusiastically supports and welcomes companies in the firearms industry,” said Remington CEO Ken D’Arcy in a statement .

In addition to relocating its global headquarters, the gun manufacturer will open a new advanced manufacturing facility as well as a research and development center in the state. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a gun rights proponent, said that the company would invest $100 million and create more than 850 jobs in the state.

Now, I don’t live too close to LaGrange, so it’s unlikely I’ll see any of the economic benefits from Remington’s relocation, but this is still fantastic news for my home state.

Remington will join companies like Glock, H&K, Daniel Defense, and a number of smaller operations as having a presence here, and I actually expect to see more move this way.

See, the problem is that so many companies are located in states that literally hate what they do. Manufacturing firearms in states that loathe the right to keep and bear arms makes no sense to me. It’s a complete mystery why anyone sticks around in such a state when it’s clear the state doesn’t care about your business.

It just makes sense to relocate to a state that will actually value what you bring to the table.

Let’s be honest, 850 jobs are nothing to sneeze at. That’s a lot of people, and while it may be overstated–these things usually are, from what I’ve seen–that still means a lot of new jobs. I’m only bothered by the fact that Remington didn’t come to Albany where we actually need those jobs.

But it’s still a win for the state as a whole, and, over time, I think we’ll be able to lure other companies here. We’re more than happy to have the companies that provide the tools we use to keep and bear arms here. We think they’re great and are more than happy to have them.

As for the states losing them, well, you have only yourselves to blame. Those people who are losing their jobs? They’re losing it because you made it clear you didn’t value the businesses that employed them. You made it difficult for them to sell guns locally, which may not seem like a big deal, it’s still a signal that you don’t want them around.

You can’t really be surprised when they take that to heart, now can you?

That’s OK. We here in Georgia are more than happy to have them.