By Peter Becker Managing Editor
BLOOMING GROVE TWP. – The celebration dedicating the Kahr Arms plant Tuesday in Pike County was filed with patriotic fervor and affirmation of the American people’s right to bear arms.
A large gathering of state and local officials and other supporters filled a temporary banquet hall in what by next year is expected to be a retail firearms store. This was only the entrance of the 40,000 square foot building, which includes administrative functions and as they progress, actual assembly of rifles and handguns.
Kook Jin “Justin” Moon is the founder, chairman and CEO of the firm, which is relocating its headquarters from Rockland County, New York. Following the luncheon, he told the assembly that he became disappointed with New York State, which had enacted more stringent laws affecting gun ownership. Kahr Firearms Group made the decision to move to Pennsylvania, where regulations are more friendly for firearms sales.
Following the luncheon, Moon thanked the many public officials and others present who helped make it possible for his company to come here. Having purchased the entire 620 acre Pike County Business Park at Blooming Grove, Kahr Arms broke ground last summer at the site off Well Road.
Corporate headquarters and their sales and marketing department have already moved on. The web (online) shop will start up shortly from this facility. Research & Development will be moving in next. Step by step, they will bring in the warehouse functions, and finally the actual assembly of firearms.
The retail gun shop is expected to open in 2016. They also plan a firing range and firearms instruction classes on site.
In an interview, Moon stated that when fully functional they foresee hiring 50 to 60 people.
Although earlier projected job counts were higher, these also included the temporary work from construction.
U.S. Congressman Tom Marino, in his remarks, commented that this was only the beginning; the arrival of Kahr Arms will also attract other business investors to the region. Moon also stated that they plan to see other lots within the business park that they now own, which translates into further employment possibilities.
Moon told the assembly that he became disappointed with New York State, which had enacted more stringent laws affecting gun ownership. Kahn Firearms Group made the decision to move to Pennsylvania, where regulations are more friendly for firearms sales.
“I realized there was no future for firearms manufacturing in New York,” he said. “I was very disappointed by big city politics in the Empire state. When the rights of good people are restricted… criminals benefit. We don’t want to be a part of that or any empire that takes away basic human rights protected by our Constitution. Our Founding Fathers knew that well and it true today as it ever was.”