Kahr Arms Bolts Out Of New York In Response To NY SAFE Act

New York is about to see millions of dollars in economic activity leave their state due to the tyrannical gun laws, known as the NY SAFE Act, that were signed into law earlier this year. Kahr Arms has decided to pick up and leave Rockland County, New York and head across the border to Pennsylvania.

Kahr Arms specifically cites the unconstitutional SAFE Act as the reasons they are leaving.

The Times Union reports:

Business has been good for Rockland County-based Kahr Arms, so much so that it plans to expand with a new factory on more than 600 acres.

The trouble, at least for New York State: The gun manufacturer, currently based in Rockland County, is expanding across the border in Pennsylvania, and in the process will be moving its headquarters out of the Empire State. The reason, according to a corporate official, can be found in the swift passage last January of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's SAFE gun control law.

It wasn't so much that the measure bans certain kinds of guns and magazines, the company said. Instead, it was the suddenness with which the law was passed — less than 24 hours after being released to the public — leaving Kahr's executives to wonder what kind of unforeseen regulations or restrictions might lie ahead.

"One of our big concerns was, OK, the SAFE Act was passed in the middle of the night. You wake up the next morning and boom, that was it," said Frank Harris, Kahr's vice president of sales and marketing. "We just felt like, gee, if they can do this, what can they do next?

Rich Azzopardi, Governor Andrew Cuomo's spokesman said, "The SAFE Act keeps assault weapons out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals, and institutes the type of background checks supported by 90 percent of the country. The company's decision was its own to make."

Frankly, 90 percent of the country doesn't agree with such background checks and to top it off, this doesn't keep any weapons out of the hands of potentially dangerous people.

However, it has resulted in oppressing law abiding citizens such as Gregory Dean, who was arrested for having 9 bullets in his gun, or David Lewis, who had his guns confiscated simply because he once took anti-anxiety medication. Lewis' situation changed with the help of attorney Jim Tresmond who filed suit and the New York State police ultimately ended up admitting a major mistake in confiscating Lewis' guns.

Cuomo admitted that allowing a three-day public review would have killed the momentum behind his gun control bill.

"Nothing like that will ever happen without a message of necessity," he said.

Cuomo also put up $500 for people to snitch on their fellow New Yorkers regarding possible illegal guns.

According to Mr. Harris, the company is in the final stages of purchase 620 acres of land in an industrial park in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania, which is about 30 minutes from where they had originally planned to expand in Port Jervis. They are making sure that the water and sewer lines, as well as other infrastructure are ready before completing the purchase.

Following the passage of NY SAFE Act, company leaders went over and took a look in Pennsylvania. Harris said, "We went over to Pennsylvania almost on a fluke. We got a very positive response."

Unlike Remington, Kahr is attempting to stay true to the Second Amendment and voicing their protest with their feet and their dollars. Firearms manufacturer Serbu has also decided not to sell their rifles to NYPD.

Kahr Arms racks up $100 million in sales each year and their new 620 acre facility could add 100 new jobs to their company. Sounds really good for Pennsylvanians and bad for New York. It makes you wonder how many will be unemployed in New York following the move. It was founded and operated by Justin Moon, the fourth son of the infamous Son Myung Moon. The company also owns the Thompson, Auto-Ordnance and Magnum Research lines. They also have facilities in Massachusetts and Minnesota, which they will continue operating.

Citizens, sheriffs and veterans have blasted the sweeping gun measure for good reason. It has also sparked the Armed Citizen Project to pursue going into New York in order to arm and train citizens with free shotguns. It looks like it might just take a small revolution in New York to put tyrants in their place.

Congratulations Pennsylvania!

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  • mercedes1407

    $500 for each New Yorker you squeal on? Does anyone have a spare phone book.

  • mjnellett

    Finally, the progressives agenda is starting to bite them where it hurts the most...right in their treasury! Now New Naziville, formerly New York, can have the tyrannical environment that they have always wanted! Good luck. Cuomo and Bloomberg, a marriage made in hell!

  • ARMYOF69

    ""“The SAFE Act keeps assault weapons out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals,"..These idiots in government just do not learn. Since when do criminals, care about a new law?

  • john4637

    Cuomo's offer to reward those who would inform on their neighbors reminds me of the activities of Nazi's in Germany. I would laugh to read where someone smacked him in the head with an "alley apple", (old term for a brick)!! What will the nitwit ban then? Bricks!!!

  • bull57

    Kahr arms called NY bluff. I'm sure NY thought no one would go to the expense of relocating. I commend Kahr Arms for backing up what they believe in. I'm not familiar with their weapons offered, but they have made my short list on my next purchase.

    • Mark

      A little expensive but you pay for good quality.

    • danimal

      If you like muzzle loaders, Thompson is way on top of the pile, for a well built fire arm, I own 3, and you can shoot the pimple off a knats ass at 50yd with any of them.

    • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

      Thompson makes the Contender single-shot which has been the Silhouette Production winner for decades, and various other rifle and pistol versions of the action. They make good stuff (I won Production International with one in 1984).

    • danimal

      I have been shooting a Thompson Center Hawkin 50 cal for several years in competition and have won my share of events. Most of them were at Buckskinner "Ron Dee Voo's", but did very well at The Iowa Games a few years back, and have never gone deer hunting without bringing home a freezer full.

    • disqus_v3SHzvCspj


    • danimal

      Hope to see you on the range, or in the battlefield, I bet we would make one hell of a team....keep your powder dry, my friend.

  • Sense1

    I am not buying Remington anything...

  • sjccoach

    All the Governor's spokesman could do is spout the same old liberal drivel. New York state is getting exactly what it deserves.

  • LittleMoose

    Not congratulations, Pennsylvania, congratulations Kahr Arms!

  • Fred_K

    The other manufacturers in NY should get some cannon balls and move to other states. FL is looking for more businesses, and has nicer weather..

    • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

      Texas wants your business too.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Kahr isn't moving far enough!

    • Kent2012


    • bull57

      Anywhere but NY is a good move!

  • jaxtom

    Good for them! They make an excellent product and stand behind it.

  • another_engineer

    They should have come to Wisconsin

  • cristo52

    Mr. Harris makes a good point, one that average New York residents should keep in mind, one day you're legal, the next you're hiring a defense attorney.

  • Lew

    Screw New York!Can not Believe the people of new york accept this?

    • GrandMe

      We don't. Only those in the city do. And they call the shots for the rest of the state. It's an f-ed up situation!

    • 2War Abn Vet

      I had the opportunity to spend a long winter at Ft. Drum, NY (Back when it was Camp Drum). The people were as friendly and warm as the weather was cold. The area contained many honest hard-working folks, and many, gasp, were gun owners. I've had many years to pity the fact that they're at the mercy of big city liberals down-state. Now whatever is left of their rights has been stolen.

    • Kent2012

      too much "free money" in the "big apple".....and phones too....

    • American Vet

      You're an idiot, Lew. We do not accept this. Let me guess, if you were a New Yorker you would have gone into Cuomo the homo's office with guns blazing, right? BULLSHIT!! Give it a minute before you start claiming that we accept this.

    • danimal

      It's a shame for ANY Vet, who lives in NY to have to put up with this crap. Folks, like you, made this country safe, and the twits on the hill, just screw it up for "another feel good law". BTY, I'm your FIRST up arrow, damn proud of your service to our country.