U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, speaks to students at an Upstate school. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A congressman from the Upstate is encouraging America's oldest gun maker to move from New York to South Carolina.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, recently wrote a letter to George Kollitides, CEO of Remington Arms' parent company Freedom Group, urging him to move the company's plant in Ilion, NY, down south.
In the letter, Duncan said his home state is more sympathetic to gun rights and has a successful business climate, citing companies like Boeing, BMW, Michelin, Amazon, Bridgestone and ZF.
"The enemies of freedom are waging an all-out assault on the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which we have sworn to protect and defend," Duncan said in the letter. "At a time when our government is consistently thwarting the ability of individuals to own businesses, voluntarily trade goods and services, and grow our economy, South Carolina is committed to writing a different story."
"It would be an honor to welcome you and America's oldest gun maker to the Palmetto state," wrote Duncan.
A Republican congressman from New York said he'll do everything he can to keep the Remington plant in its current location. It's been there since 1816 and employs more than 1,000 workers.
Duncan has also announced a Second Amendment Listening Tour where he will talk with Upstate constituents at various locations on Feb. 1.
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