July 18, 2018

Gun Maker Bid Provides Insight Into Navajo Nation's Aspirations

Remington turned down the tribe's offer of $475M to $525 million.

Remington rifle An Air Force sniper uses a Remington-made M-24 rifle, the military version of a Remington 700, in Iraq. (PHOTO: Staff Sgt Angelique Perez, U.S. Air Force)

WINDOW ROCK — Remington management has turned down an offer by one of the largest American Indian tribes in the U.S. to buy the storied gun maker as the company rebuilds itself after emerging from bankruptcy.

The Navajo Nation submitted a bid in May, offering between $475 million and $525 million. The tribe planned to pay cash.

A columnist with The New York Times was first to report on the bid Monday.

The Navajos had proposed shifting away from public consumers to police and defense contracts. Profits would then be invested in research and development of "smart guns" — those outfitted with technology to ensure they can only be used by their owners.

To address high unemployment, Navajo leaders have long sought to bring manufacturing jobs to the reservation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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