Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) and New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) President Tom King recently called on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils to make the retention of NYS firearm companies – including Remington Arms; Just Right Carbines; Kahr Arms; Kimber Manufacturing; Turnbull Restoration and Dan Wesson Firearms, along with the thousands of private sector jobs they provide – a top economic development priority.
Following is a compilation of the statewide, national (and international) media coverage that Leader Kolb and President King received on this issue in outlets such as the Associated Press; Wall Street Journal; Yahoo News; Forbes; CNBC; MSNBC; Bloomberg; Moneywatch and other venues.
Assemblyman pushes to retain gun manufacturers
ALBANY, N.Y. — Assembly Republican leader Brian Kolb is pushing for New York to work with gun manufacturers to retain thousands of jobs. The minority leader from Canandaigua wants the Cuomo administration to direct its regional economic councils at helping keep the state’s remaining firearms makers. Many of the companies remain in western NY and the Finger Lakes Region where some of the nation’s larger firearms manufacturers had once been located.
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Kolb: Firearm companies are key to helping Ontario County
Messenger Post – Scott Pukos
Bloomfield, N.Y. – A push by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, to support the state’s firearms industry could help Ontario County gun businesses stay in the area. Doug Turnbull, the owner of Turnbull Manufacturing Company in Bloomfield, said this is key, especially since other states are trying to acquire this type of business.
Gun-makers want their shot, too
Times Union – Rick Karlin
ALBANY – With more than 1,000 people working there and a slew of small suppliers in the surrounding region, the Remington Arms gun factory in Ilion, Herkimer County, is one of that region's major employers.
Yet the company doesn't have a representative on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Mohawk Valley Regional Council, one of 10 such organizations statewide which will compete for economic development grants.
Kolb and King: Guns = Jobs In NY
Times Union – Rick Karlin
Much of the debate over firearms in the Legislature has been over safety, registration thresholds and most recently, whether or not to mandate microstamping, a controversial idea in which each gun would have a signature imprint on cartridges, which could help police match spent cartridges to specific weapons. Now, however, Assembly Republican Minority Leader Brian Kolb and state Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King are pointing out that gun makers have a longstanding presence in New York and consequently provide jobs.
New York Realizes Gun Businesses Mean Jobs, Tax Revenue
TheTruthAboutGuns.com – Dan Zimmerman
Wait, you mean firearm manufacturing and related firms are actually good for a state’s economy? They provide real jobs and tax revenues? Shazam! Coming a little late to the party is the state of New York. Brian Kolb, the Assembly minority leader and Tom King, head of the NY State Rifle and Pistol Association are leading a push to try to counter efforts by other states to entice some or all of New York’s firearms industry to move to friendlier climes. Firms like Remington, Kimber, Kahr, Turnbull and Dan Wesson along with ancillary companies mean 10,000 jobs for the Empire State which needs every private sector job and samolian it can scrounge.
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