Kahr Arms May Leave New York for New Headquarters in Neighboring Pennsylvania
New York state has a long history of pro-gun control policies, and New York gun manufacturer, Kahr Arms has nearly had enough. Officials from the Kahr Firearms Group are thinking about buying a 620-acre lot in neighboring Pennsylvania for a hefty $2 million.
The new plot of land is in Pike County, which is a few hours north of Philadelphia. If Kahr pulls the trigger on the deal, the locals in Pike County could look forward to 100 new jobs and a major boost to the economy.
This is much more than window shopping or an idle bluff. Kahr has already hired engineering, legal and real estate firms to get the ball rolling, and they are looking for a construction manager to oversee the construction of the new plant. Some company executives have already purchased homes in Pike County, said a company representative.
Kahr Firearms Group currently earns between $75 million and $100 million annually. Company growth jumped 25 percent after the Newtown shooting as gun owners quickly bought up firearms and ammunition because of looming gun control legislation. In fact, the Newtown tragedy might very well have been the single most important factor in pushing Kahr to relocate. The massacre simultaneously encouraged many New England states to push pro-gun control legislation, and the increase in gun sales have helped Kahr expand.
Kahr Firearms is following in the footsteps of other gun manufacturers, such as Beretta. Several months ago, Beretta announced that the company would leave Maryland to escape gun control legislation. Kahr’s move sends a powerful economic message to pro-gun control legislators: limit gun rights at your own peril.
"We were ready to sign a deal in rural Orange County, N.Y. But when the governor passed stricter gun control, it made it tough to continue on that path, so we jumped over the river," said Kahr spokesman Frank Harris. "New York has become very unfriendly to people in the gun business. We feel like we are being treated like criminals in New York. That is one of the reasons we are coming to Pennsylvania."
Kahr will likely receive a warm welcome from the locals. Kathy Hummel of the Pike County Economic Development Authority said, "I think it is a perfect fit. I believe they are going to be good neighbors.”
Source: Pocono Record