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Industry Industry news By Russ Thurman he industry celebrated the June 28 Supreme Court ruling reaffirming that the Second Amendment applies to states and local government. In contrast, Chicago officials vowed to enact even tougher laws. Within days, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley made good on his promise. The Supreme Court case, “McDonald v. City of Chicago,” was filed after the court’s ruling in “District of Columbia v. Heller,” which held the Second Amendment protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. The ruling, however, did not address how the Second Amendment applies to states. In Chicago, Otis McDonald and other residents filed a federal lawsuit against the city’s gun laws. Following rulings in The Fun Side Of Shooting — pg. 20 Industry Cheers Court Victory, Chicago Strikes Back T “ Chicago-based federal courts that favored Chicago’s gun ban, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of McDonald and the Second Amendment. “Today’s ruling is a victory for freedom and liberty,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president. “All law-abiding The actions of Mayor Daley demonstrate a clear disregard for the rule of law and our nation’s highest court. Americans, no matter if they live in a big city like Chicago or in rural Wyoming, have the same Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Constitutional rights don’t stop at state or city borders. Cities like Chicago and New York and states like California must now respect ” the Second Amendment.” Chicago’s city council countered with a new gun ordinance, which was approved on July 2 by a vote of 45-0 and went into effect July 12. The ordinance restricts residents to only one working gun at a time in their homes, and prohibits them from carrying a gun out of their homes, even onto their porches or into their garages. The ordinance continues the ban on firearms dealers doing business within Chicago. Shortly after Chicago voted on its new ordinance, the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers (ILAFR) filed a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. “The actions of Mayor Daley demonstrate a clear disregard for the rule of law and our nation’s highest court,” said Whitney O’Daniel, ILAFR executive director. Freedom Group Expands Ilion, Relocates Marlin F reedom Group Inc. (FGI) announced in mid-May that the Remington Arms facility in Ilion, N.Y., will add 100 manufacturing jobs as part of plans to relocate certain production from its Marlin factory in North Haven, Conn. The Ilion Firearms Plant will receive $5.9 million in building improvements, equipment and machinery investment over the next two years, according to Freedom Group. “In order to continue to be competitive globally, FGI has made the decision to move its Marlin lever-action production from North Haven to Ilion. Ilion became the clear choice due to the experience of the workforce combined with the incentives offered by the state and Herkimer County,” said Joseph B. Gross, Freedom Group COO. Freedom Group also announced it is expanding its Mayfield, Ky., facility to “accommodate the future relocation of certain Marlin rifle production lines.” In other Remington news, the company announced in June that it had formed a new venture with the outdoor clothing company, Mountain Khakis LLC. The new company will be known as Mountain Khakis and is 75-percent owned by Remington. Mountain Khakis, located in Charlotte, N.C., with its design center in Jackson Hole, Wy., is a leading designer and marketer of men’s pants in the specialty outdoor apparel segment. Visit www.freedom-group.com for more information. Glock Supports Warrior Foundation See page 14 $100,000 2010 Winchester Ammo Awarded Contract See page 16 $43.4 Million NSSF Survey: Target Shooters See page 33 14.8 Million Subscribe to SI Digital: 8 AUGUST www.shootingindustry.com. Read SI DIGITAL It’s Free! www.shootingindustry.com