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How America's Gun Manufacturers Are Quietly Getting Richer Off Taxpayers - BillMoyers

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Politicians have gone the extra mile to attract gun companies.“I’ve had CEOs in New England tell me that the offers from states’ economic development teams are so extraordinary that they could essentially move their factories for free." To woo the Beretta factory, Tenn. Gov. Haslam flew to Italy and met with the Beretta family in a posh wine country villa. Gallatin, Tenn. won the new factory after it offered Beretta $14.4 million in state and local subsidies. Anncentive for gun companies to relocate south is lax labor laws. Remington’s move from NY to Alabama, a right-to-work state, decimated the NY plant’s trade union. Between 2009 and 2014, New York-based Kimber Manufacturing got nearly $1 million in tax abatements and state and local grants, to ensure the company would keep cranking out upwards of 150,000 handguns a year with its factory in Yonkers. 

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