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Support steady in upstate NY home of Remington

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This is the Remington Arms Company in Ilion, N.Y., where residents of this blue-collar stretch of the Mohawk Valley are defending the gun maker after New York lawmakers banned the sale of semi-automatic assault-style rifles like the Bushmaster weapon made here.

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Not everyone here works at the gun Remington factory, but everyone knows someone who does. The big brick complex looms above the rooftops of the modest wood-frame homes. And Ilion can look more like a factory with a village than a village with a factory. "Remington is Ilion. Ilion is Remington," said Mayor John Stephens. Little wonder that residents in this blue-collar stretch of the Mohawk Valley are defending Remington after New York lawmakers banned the sale of semi-automatic assault-style rifles like the Bushmaster weapon made here.
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