Political pressure to sell Remington Arms eased – It’s been a question since mass shootings prompted Gov. Cuomo to tighten gun laws in New York State a year ago; will the heart of Ilion’s economy keep beating? Gun-friendly states frequently try to lure Remington Arms out of New York, but the nearly 200-year-old gun manufacturer was also threatened by anti-gun investors threatening to pull their funds, threatening the livelihood of the village where it’s located. “Would we survive? I believe we would, but it certainly wouldn’t be easy,” said John Stephens, mayor of the Village of Ilion.