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Kahr Firearms Group recently revealed that it would be moving its corporate offices from New York to Pennsylvania after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new guns laws aimed at preventing criminals and the mentally ill from obtaining guns.
620 acres was purchased from a Pike County Industrial Park Development Group/Business Development Corporation from Pike County Pennsylvania in order to relocate corporate offices from the previous location of Rockland County in Pearl River, New York.
The company stated the move is the result of recent laws regarding gun control, which include a tax on bullets as well as an increasing ban on assault weapons.
The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NYSAFE) was passed earlier and Cuomo previously stated on the NYSAFE website that "this new law preserves and protects your right to buy, sell, keep or use your guns."
Kahr is also planning to build a new factory there within five years and currently has plants in Worcester, Mass., and Pillager, Minn.
"We are grateful for the warm welcome and the business opportunity extended by the Pike County Industrial Park Development Group/Business Development Corporation to expand our company and relocate its headquarters office. The Pennsylvania group has demonstrated tremendous support of our operations and Kahr looks to move forward with the project without delay," Frank Harris, the vice president of Sales and Marketing, said in a statement.
New York's law expands a ban on military-style weapons, requires mental health professionals to report threats, limits magazines to seven bullets, taxes bullets and creates a registry.
"We're all for stopping criminals, but this act is not going to do that," Harris said. "This will only hurt the responsible law-abiding citizens."
Referring to his company's relocation, he said, "The Safe Act has unintended consequences and this is one of them."