Updated 03/27/2012 08:25 PM
Remington Arms questions legislation
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ILION, N.Y. -- Could proposed legislation cause a major Herkimer County employer to pull up stakes? That's the question concerning the Remington Arms Company in Ilion.
Remington officials sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo last week opposing an Assembly budget proposal that would mandate microstamping. The process uses a laser to engrave information on the tip of a gun's firing pin that is supposed to help trace bullets and solve crimes.
Local officials say the process is unreliable, would cost the company huge sums of money and could force it to "reconsider its commitment to the New York market."
Ilion Mayor John Stephens says the legislation hasn't passed and it's too early to jump to conclusions about what this could mean.
"This could be anything from hiring less people to reducing the current workforce to moving certain product lines to other places in their Freedom Group, but it doesn't mean that they're necessarily going to close the doors in Ilion," said Mayor Stephens.
Remington's Ilion facility employs more than one thousand people.