More than a dozen workers have driven two hours to Albany to protest a tentative deal for a gun control law they claim will cost 300 to 700 jobs.
The workers are from the Remington Arms manufacturing facility in Ilion, in the economically hard-hit Mohawk Valley.
Unionized worker Jamie Rudwall, who has a son in second grade, says Monday he was horrified by the shooting deaths at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. But, he says, the tentative deal in Albany to tighten a ban on assault rifles will devastate the region because Remington and its 1,200 workers fuel the economy.
Assemblyman Marc Butler, who represents the region, says legislators are using secret meetings to trample the Second Amendment.