National arms boycott growing


Gunmakers pushing back against anti-gun legislation.

It’s like a who’s-who of the firearm’s industry – big names like Ruger, Magpul and Barrett.

Giants of the firearms industry are fomenting resistance among their millions of customers, or boycotting sales to states where legislators have banned or are planning to ban military-style weapons and accessories.

Maine-based York Firearms announced their intent Monday.

“Based on the recent legislation in New York, we are prohibited from selling rifles and receivers to residents of New York. We have chosen to extend that prohibition to all governmental agencies associated with or located within New York. As a result we have halted sales of rifles, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, and silencers to New York governmental agencies.

For “civilian” customers residing in New York, At your choice, we will: Complete your order and ship to a dealer of your choice outside of NY, Refund your payment in full, Hold your items here for up to 6 months, at no charge – if you are in the process of leaving NY and taking residence in another state.

For LE/Govt customers in New York, your orders have been cancelled,” the release states.

Texas-based LaRue Tactical said: “Due to the recent and numerous new Anti-gun/Anti-2nd Amendment laws passed and/or pending across our country, LaRue Tactical has been forced to reconsider how we provide products to state and local agencies.

Effective today, in an effort to see that no legal mistakes are made by LaRue Tactical and/or its employees, we will apply all current State and Local Laws (as applied to civilians) to state and local law enforcement / government agencies. In other words, LaRue Tactical will limit all sales to what law-abiding citizens residing in their districts can purchase or possess.

Smith & Wesson created a Second Amendment page, to “Protect Second Amendment Gun Rights from attack.”

Magpul is threatening to leave Colorado, where the house just passed a 15-reound magazine restriction and three other gun-control bills.

Barrett has cut off sales, part and service of its legendary .50 caliber rifles, to California, after the state banned them from civilian ownership.

“Barrett cannot legally sell any of its products to lawbreakers. Therefore, since California’s passing of AB50, the state is not in compliance with the US Constitution’s 2nd and 14th Amendments, and we will not sell nor service any of our products to any government agency of the State of California, ” according to a release.

Ruger created a “Protect your rights” page, a portal for legislative action. It has successfully launched nearly 5 million letters to lawmakers, the site claims.

Websites of firms that haven’t yet joined the movement are inundated with emails and comments from customers pressuring them to pledge support.

More companies are likely to join the movement, “depending on the locale and how activist the company seems to be,” said Mike Bazinet, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation – the trade association for the firearms industry.

“The industry is facing an unprecedented wave of proposed legislation, not only at the federal level, but at state capitals,” Bazinet said Monday. “Many are looking out for their employees and trying to retain the success they’ve had, even in a poor economy.

“They do feel the need to speak up about what they do and change the law,” Bazinet said. “It’s unfair to stigmatize an individual gun owner or an industry because of the acts of mentally deranged individuals.”



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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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