KAHR BREAKS GROUND IN PIKE COUNTY
Moving to Pennsylvania After New York Passes Anti-Gun Laws
By Harold Hutchison
Kahr Arms began construction of a new factory in Pike County, Pennsylvania, part of an exodus of firearms manufacturers that has occurred since Andrew Cuomo enacted the SAFE Act weeks after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
According to a report in the Washington Free Beacon, the company, based in New York, began construction on a new factory in the central Pennsylvania county. The company eventually plans to move other facilities, including its headquarters, to that location.
Other firearms companies, including ATI and Remington, are also leaving New York behind in the wake of the passage of the SAFE Act, which not only banned certain semi-automatic firearms, but also imposed a seven-round limit on magazine capacity, the most restrictive such provision in the country.
“We are very happy to be in Pike County, in a place where people love the Second Amendment and love guns,” Justin Moon, the company’s founder and President, told the Pocono Record newspaper. “It is a great place to be. I just wish the rest of the country could be like Pike County.”
The Kahr Arms group also owns Magnum Research, the company that makes the Desert Eagle handguns, and Auto Ordnance, which makes M1 Carbines and semi-automatic replicas of the famous Thompson submachine gun.
Pennsylvania has a gubernatorial race this November, and one candidate, Tom Wolf, has expressed anti-Second Amendment positions in the course of his campaign, including support for laws similar to those Cuomo rammed through the New York Legislature.