By: Teresa Mull

Renowned gun manufacturer Remington Arms sent a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offering to make much-needed paraphernalia to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, even after Cuomo deemed firearms facilities “non-essential” and ordered them closed.

GPM reported that New York was one of the first places to institute restrictions in response to the virus. Most of the state’s counties stopped processing concealed carry permits, and Cuomo ordered gun stores to close. The federal government intervened, however, and WKTV reported on April 2:

The union representative for Remington Arms in Ilion says more than 400 employees will return to work Monday after gun retailers were designated essential services by the federal government.

Remington Arms announced March 20 that the facility would be closed until at least April 30. This was right after Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all non-essential employees to stay home across the state.

According to Politico, “…Cuomo said that he would use the National Guard to take ventilators and protective equipment from hospitals and other health care facilities in upstate New York where they’re not in use to deploy the lifesaving equipment in the New York City area.”

More than a week ago, Remington Arms “…offered to build hospital supplies including ventilators, surgical masks and beds, joining several other companies to help fight against the spread of the coronavirus,” Kiro7 reported.

Is Cuomo so anti-gun that he would let people die of a virus rather than accept help from a gun company? Time will tell.

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Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at