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Field of possible gun makers eyeing AL narrows

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Most arms manufacturers we contacted said they have no current plans to move to Alabama. (Source: File) Most arms manufacturers we contacted said they have no current plans to move to Alabama. (Source: File)
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 those rumors.

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.

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