Remington Arms has laid off 55 more workers at its big manufacturing plant in the Herkimer County village of Ilion as a slump in gun sales continues.
Ilion Mayor Terry Leonard said the plant’s manager told him about the layoffs on Thursday, citing the industry-wide downturn in sales, the Observer-Dispatch reported.
The layoffs come six months after Remington laid off 122 workers at the plant.
Guns sales have fallen sharply since Donald Trump’s election as president. Trump has repeatedly spoken in support of the Second Amendment, easing concerns that many gun owners had during Barack Obama’s presidency that the government was going to restrict gun sales.
U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, issued a statement saying she was “saddened” by the news of more layoffs at the gun maker.
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