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Daniel Defense hiring amid gun control debate

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PEMBROKE, GA (WTOC) -

The automatic and semi-automatic rifle manufacturer Daniel Defense has been growing by leaps and bounds.

WTOC visited the company's Pembroke plant Tuesday to find out how whether the company's leaders think the current debate over gun control will affect their business.

"The uncertainty surrounding our industry is nothing new," Marketing Director Jordan Hunter said. "Every four years or so, you'll see spikes in sales, and that's because of the uncertainty surrounding the threats to our Second Amendment rights. But we forecast properly for these."

Political experts give an assault weapons ban -- introduced last month by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, of California, a slim, and shrinking,  chance of passage. And Daniel Defense is hiring, looking to fill 60 positions. WTOC asked Hunter what he'd say to someone who is looking for a job -- but wonders how stable that position may be given the gun debate.

"Each American Citizen's Second Amendment rights are under attack right now. And what I would say to the applicant is, the Constitution has been around for a long time."

Daniel Defense's employees don't seem too worried. Right now, they're all working overtime.

Quality Assessment Inspector Phillip Hamaker called Daniel Defense a "very fine place to work, very secure job."

Tool and Die Maker Frederick Probus couldn't imagine a better job.

"If the place shut down tomorrow, it'd still be the best place I ever worked," he said.

Gun sales spiked in the fallout over the Sandy Hook and Aurora, Colorado shootings. But Daniel Defense started growing long before that – more than 100 percent year-over-year growth for the past 12 years. In 2001, the company grossed $34,000. In 2011, it brought in $35 million.

"Dealers couldn't keep our line in stock well before these events took place, and I believe that's going to be the trend," Hunter said.

The job fair will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Embassy Suites on Mulberry Boulevard. Positions range from machine operator to finance director. Applicants are not required to have a high school diploma, but Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulations require that they be able to legally purchase a gun. Manufacturing experience is a plus.

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