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NY spent $6M since 2009 subsidizing gun makers

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— New York has invested nearly $6 million over the past three years subsidizing the central New York factory that makes legal firearms as well as the semiautomatic rifles like those used to kill 20 children in Connecticut and two firefighters outside Rochester.

Some elected leaders want tighter restrictions on those guns but none say it’s time to stop supporting Remington Arms Co. and its nearly 1,000 jobs in the central New York community of Ilion.

In 2011, Bushmaster Firearms relocated to Ilion from Windham, Maine, bringing more than 40 jobs. A Bushmaster rifle was used in both recent mass shootings.

A year earlier, New York provided $2.5 million to help Remington bring its Marlin lever-action gun production from Connecticut and add 100 jobs. That followed two grants in 2009 worth $3 million.



December 27, 2012
4:28 p.m.

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As it should be, the state should invest in business that will create jobs and return money to the taxpayers at a profit and not judge the business. If it were to start judging business who is to be the judge? One may not like the state helping someone raise cattle because they are vegitarian or another business may be shunned for making skimpy outfits for women or another for making fattening foods or tobacco products. The point being you can't please all of the people all of the time unless it has $$$$ to their advantage attached or they can look good opposing it.