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Employment dispute offers peek into firearms company Freedom Group

A dispute involving a gun industry executive who claims he was fired after being falsely accused of bringing his weapons to work offers a peek into Freedom Group, the gun making conglomerate owned by Cerberus Capital Management LP.The battle unfolding in Manhattan federal court concerns Advanced Armament Corp. LLC, a maker of silencers that is one of the smaller businesses within Freedom Group, which also owns iconic brands such as Bushmaster and Remington Arms.Cerberus put Freedom Group up for sale last year after a Bushmaster rifle was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.In December 2011, Advanced Armament fired its founder, Kevin Brittingham, for taking his personal guns, as well as a grenade launcher, to work in violation of company policy and federal firearms laws, according to court papers filed by the company.Brittingham sued Advanced Armament and Remington last year. He claims there was no evidence he brought weapons to work and says the c...

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