HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Alabama Governor Robert Bentley stood before an audience of community leaders and members of the media Monday and told the CEO of Remington Arms, "Welcome to sweet home Alabama."
Remington picked Huntsville over sites in 23 other states to establish a new manufacturing plant which will eventually employ about 2,000 workers. The firearms manufacturer, which was established in Ilion, New York in 1816, began looking for a new plant site in the spring of 2013 in the wake of the passage of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.
The strict gun control measures, among other things, ban the sale of the Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle because it meets the state's criteria as an "assault weapon." The measure was passed following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
Remington has criticized the SAFE Act and company CEO George Kollitides says his company hopes the law will be repealed.
During the announcement Monday, there was plenty of talk about Alabama being a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment.
"Alabama is a very conservative state, one that believes strongly in the rights that we have guaranteed in the constitution," said Governor Bentley.
Kollitides added, "We have a proud history of supporting, not fighting for individual freedoms. It's a heritage we share with Alabama."