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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
Madison County leaders said they have gotten
unsolicited requests from gun manufacturers after Remington recently announced
its plans to open up in Huntsville.
The field of possible firearm makers
interested in expanding into North Alabama is now narrowing following contact
with more than a dozen such manufacturers.
Most have said they have no plans to relocate
to Alabama. However, when Connecticut company Colt was contacted, they would
neither confirm nor deny talking to Madison County leaders about coming here.
The NBC affiliate station in Hartford CT said
rumors have swirled for the last 24 months about the possibility of Colt
leaving because of anti-Second Amendment legislation there. They also provided
us with the
last statement Colt leaders provided when they went to do a story about
A portion of that statement reads, "While we
continually get offers from other states, Connecticut has been our home for 175
years, and our preference is to work with the legislature and the Governor
toward our common goal of a safer community."
Madison County Chairman Dale Strong confirmed
Wednesday they have been contacted by arms manufacturers about the possibility
of relocating, but would not say who. He said he believes Remington opened that
door for Madison County.
"Right now, we've definitely hit the world
news with the announcement of Remington and some 2,000 jobs," Strong said. "Who
knows – it could lead to additional jobs."
Stag Arms, another American gun manufacturer,
did not return messages asking for comment. That company, also based in
Connecticut, shared thoughts about leaving in a New York Times article.
In the last few days, the National Rifle
Association President and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley have shared a belief
that more arms manufacturers are headed this way.