By Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-The state Rifle & Pistol Association is criticizing state lawmakers for the passage of New York's gun-control law as the reason why a Rochester firearms company is moving to South Carolina.
American Tactical Imports said Monday it is leaving Rochester for South Carolina, blaming the move in part on the SAFE Act -- which is one of the toughest gun-control laws in the nation.
American Tactical Imports is getting tax breaks to leave Rochester and said it's decision is based in part on moving closer to a major port. It is locating in Summerville, S.C., which is close to the port in Charleston.
But the company noted in news release that it's also leaving because it "believes it is imperative that a firearms importer and manufacturer do business within a state that is friendly to the Second Amendment rights of the people."
The Rifle & Pistol Association is suing to have the law, championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed by the Legislature in a hastily called vote, overturned.
"Since the SAFE Act was deliberately rammed though the legislature as quickly as possible so as not to allow time for the public to comment on it, NYSRPA wonders if any of these legislators took a moment to consider the ramifications of their actions?" the group said. "Given this revelation comes on the heels of last week's announcement that the background check requirement for ammunition purchases is being suspended, NYSRPA's guess would be no, they didn't."