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GOP senator: Assault gun ban would cost 300 jobs

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Assemblyman Marc Butler says a proposed ban on assault weapons could cost western New York 300 gun manufacturing jobs.

The Republican represents Illion where Remington Arms Co. employs about 1,000 people. Butler says the deal approaching agreement in Albany will cost 300 jobs that the company could move to another state.

Remington now legally makes a rifle that could become illegal under a new assault weapon ban in New York.

An assault weapon was used in the December shooting of children at a Connecticut school.

Remington's rifle has a pistol grip and accepts a detachable magazine. It is currently legal under New York law unless it has another enhancement like a bayonet mount or flash suppressor.

Remington declined comment.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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