Kahr Arms has cited the SAFE Act as a direct reason for their move.
A move from Rockland County, New York to Pike County, Pennsylvania reflects not only a physical shift, but a political one, as Kahr Firearms Group leaves the state after New York’s SAFE Act gun control legislation is passed.
A story in the Pocono Record reported a festive and patriotic groundbreaking event at the future site of Kahr’s corporate headquarters and facilities, which take up a 600 acre business park.
Kahr Firearms Group is made up of several entities, including Auto-Ordinance Corp., which makes real and replica versions of World War II firearms, as well as Tommy Guns and 1911s. Auto-Ordinace was purchased in 1998, and Magnum Research was purchased in 2010. Magnum makes the famous Desert Eagle big-bore pistol.
“We are very happy to be in Pike County, in a place where people love the Second Amendment and love guns. It is a great place to be,” Kahr founder Justin Moon said in the Pocono Record piece. “I just wish the rest of the country could be like Pike County.”
Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley attended with several other politicians, and touted the estimated 100 jobs that would be brought to the area.
“Our plan for this building is to house our headquarters, research and development, web sales, machining, and ultimately assembly over a five-year period,” Moon said.