Last week, I posted a summary of the 6 manufacturers who are boycotting the law enforcement and government entities in New York State, due to the unfair and unconstitutional restrictions imposed by the amazingly misnamed “SAFE Act”. Later that day, a note about Magpul threatening to leave Colorado was added to the lineup.
Despite the Magpul threat, and against common sense, the Colorado House of Representatives did pass a package of FOUR gun-restricting bills. There are quite a few things wrong with these bills, which I detailed in the post “Colorado Legislature Shoots Itself In The Foot”.
In addition to the boycotts, other firearms manufacturers are advocating against the gun-grabbing laws, with easy-to-use petition letters and contact info for elected representatives. Two examples (among too many to list) are Hornady (largest independent ammo manufacturer in the world), and Smith & Wesson. Serious names, with a lot of power & market demand behind them.
The online gun/ammo vendor CheaperThanDirt.com has donated an unprecedented $ 100,000 to the Second Amendment Foundation.
Now, even more manufacturers have joined Barrett Firearms, Extreme Firepower, LaRue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Templar Custom, and York Arms in boycotting New York.
This is a long post, containing the full text of the press releases, Facebook posts, and other communiqués issued by the involved companies.
12 More Gun Manufacturers Join The Fight To Preserve 2nd Amendment Rights: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB #2A #gun cc @johneastborough
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- Alex Arms: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#alex
- American Spirit Arms: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#american
- Bullwater Enterprises: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#bullwater
- Doublestar Corp: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#doublestar
- Head Down Products: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#headdown
- J&G Sales: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#jgsales
- Liberty Suppressors: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#liberty
- Quality Arms: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#quality
- Smith Enterprise: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#smith
- Spike’s Tactical: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#spike
- Trident Armory: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#trident
- Westfork Armory: http://wp.me/p2myKj-gB/#westfork
- Alex Arms posted a message on their company blog:
No sales to agencies in tyrannical states.
Posted on February 17, 2013 by dalesp
Alex Arms & Instruction has decided to adopt, as policy, that we will not sell firearms and accessories to any state or governmental agency in any state that prohibits the possession or use of said item by its citizens.
- Alex Arms also castigated ArmaLite for AR’s refusal to take a definitive position on 2nd Amendment rights. This announcement is posted on the heels of the announcement of Alex Arms being approved as an official ArmaLite dealer. Kudos to Alex Arms for putting Constitutional rights before profits, even at the risk of losing a coveted dealer status!!!
- American Spirit Arms is also limiting sales to match what is allowed for the civilian purchases in any state. The American Spirit Arms website features a video in addition to the announcement:
February 18, 2013
Count us in! American Spirit Arms will stand beside our fellow firearm manufacturers in the fight against new firearm legislation that imposes gun control on law-abiding citizens. As a firearm manufacturer, we are participating in the stance of only selling the firearms that law-abiding citizens can purchase in that state.
American Spirit Arms also asks for your support in our own campaign to support America’s gun rights! Stay tuned…
- Bullwater Enterprises posted the following on Facebook:
Our small company, Bullwater Enterprises LLC dba A & T Firearms out of Sylvania, Georgia is also joining these companies in refusing to do business with any state that is trampling the constitution and Bill of Rights of their citizens. We will not sell anything to any governmental agency, their contractors or employees. We will sell all lawful items to all other citizens of those states. Andrew & Tracy Orphanoudakis.
- Doublestar Corp is also boycotting not only New York but any state that infringes the 2nd Amendment rights, with a front-of-site, can’t-miss-it announcement:
Due to the recent changes in 2nd Amendment laws that are pending or currently enforced by states across the country, the J&T Family of Companies which includes J&T Distributing, DoubleStar Corp., Ace Limited, and the DoubleStar Training Academy has been forced to reassess our policies regarding government and law enforcement sales. Effective immediately, the J&T Family of Companies will be joining other manufacturers and distributors by ceasing sales of regulated items in states that have altered the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms.
The JTFOC will no longer sell prohibited items to law enforcement agencies or any government agencies in states, counties, cities, and municipalities that have enacted restrictive gun control laws against their law abiding citizens. We hope other companies will join us with their support. We applaud those already involved with this effort to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.
- Head Down Products is boycotting New York and calling upon other manufacturers, as well. Here’s the announcement on the Head Down Products Facebook page:
Head Down Products is a big defender of the Constitution of the United States because it is what our country was founded upon and is our God given Right as a free people. One of those Rights in particular is to Keep and Bear Arms.
Due to the passing of recent legislation banning the AR15 and other lawfully owned firearms and high capacity magazines, Head Down would like to announce that the State of New York, any Law Enforcement Departments, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders within the State of New York, or any New York State government entity or employee of such an entity – will no longer be served as customers. We feel that the passage of this legislation exceeds the authority granted to the government of New York by its citizens, and violates the Constitution of the United States. This announcement is effective today and applies to any and all states that may adopt such laws in the future.
Head down invites all firearms manufacturers, distributors and firearms dealers to join us in this action to refuse to do business with the State of New York. We must stand together!
David Hunsucker / CEO
Head Down Firearms
- J&G Sales is boycotting LE/GE in any locality that passes unconstitutional gun laws. The press release posted on the company’s website reads:
ANNOUNCING A NEW J&G POLICY
For immediate release:
As state and local jurisdictions are increasingly passing laws which infringe upon the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, J&G Sales is implementing a new policy on shipping restricted items to these states and localities.
Effective immediately, laws that restrict firearms, ammunition, or magazine possession by law abiding citizens will also be applied to state and local law enforcement and government agencies in that jurisdiction. All residents will be treated equally. Honorable citizens, law enforcement personnel, and government agents, should all be allowed to utilize the most effective defensive equipment available.
J&G believes that there should not be a difference between the rights of citizens and those of government employees. This new policy will also help us to be sure we avoid the consequences of not conforming with the anti-firearm regulations in these various jurisdictions.
We expect to lose some revenue from government purchases, however we feel it is essential to defend the US Constitution by making a statement about the importance of the Second Amendment in maintaining all our freedoms.
We await the day when all law abiding citizens will be able to possess the most effective means and tools available for self-defense regardless of where they live or for whom they work.
EXAMPLE 1: We can only ship residents in California magazines holding 10rds or less. If a local police department in California orders 15rd mags, we would not be able to ship them.
EXAMPLE 2: Modern AR-15 rifles cannot ship to New York. If an officer from a city or town in NY ordered a banned rifle for duty use, we would no longer fill that order.
- Liberty Suppressors posted on Facebook:
In light of recent events surrounding the citizens of the state of New York and their unconstitutional laws surrounding firearm legislation, we at Liberty Suppressors have decided that we will no longer support the government that is oppressing the people that it was elected to represent. As of Feb. 18, 2013 and continuing until these draconian laws are repealed, Liberty Suppressors will not do business with any government entity in the state of New York until these laws are repealed.
Keep your powder dry,
- Quality Arms is boycotting not only New York but “any State, County, or Municipality” that infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights:
Liberty and Justice for all
We at Quality Arms Idaho, like most law abiding citizens, are disgusted with the latest shootings involving so called assault rifles and offer our condolences to all family members and the victims of any gun violence.
We at Quality Arms build semi auto sporting rifles (so called assault rifles) used by members of the public and law enforcement agencies of the free world and because of recent events find our selves under attack from liberal minded individuals who feel we are the problem of today’s society.
These elected officials have their own agenda to circumnavigate the truth and destroy the constitution of the United States of America. Any rifle, pistol, knife, base ball bat is an inanimate object and therefore is useless as a weapon until a person whether mentally unstable or of a criminal mind decides to use that object in a criminal way.
These liberal politicians are jumping on the band wagon to bolster their own ego’s and have little or any respect for anybody or any laws passed by the founding fathers of this once great nation and wish to destroy the very existence as to how and why those laws came about.
They must not be allowed to destroy the 2nd amendment because if they succeed what other laws will they wish to change in the name of the people.
We at Quality Arms are against any Politician, Law enforcement official, and any other organization who feels it is there right and purpose to destroy the freedoms and liberties of the citizens of this Country.
As such we consider such acts as TREASONABLE.
Quality Arms Idaho
Will not supply any firearm or product, manufactured by us, or any other company nor will we warranty, repair, alter, or modify any firearm owned by any State, County or Municipality who infringes on the right of its citizens to bear arms under the 2nd amendment.
- Ron Smith, the President of Smith Enterprise, has sent a letter to the King Of Albany:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Smith Enterprise, Inc.
1701 West 10th Street, Suite 14
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Over the last several decades, Smith Enterprise has sold various firearm related products to state agencies and police departments in New York. However, due to the changing political climate and anti-gun politics coming from your state, we are forced to make some changes in how we do business with your government agencies.
It is improper for us to sell items to state agencies and law enforcement that law-abiding citizens are not allowed to purchase. Effective immediately Smith Enterprise will no longer sell items to your state government that you have outlawed your citizens to buy.
Until your state changes your gun control laws and ensures these laws are back in line with the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution, Smith Enterprise will be forced to keep this policy.
At a time when crime is rampant and people are becoming more and more desperate due to the struggling economy, it is imperative that state and local governments support the people’s right to defend themselves from would-be attackers. The police have nothing to fear from law-abiding citizens with guns.
When you change your gun laws back to something more along the lines of what our country was founded on, please let me know and we will reopen our sales in your state to government agencies.
Smith Enterprise, Inc.
- Spike’s Tactical has a prominent Bill Of Rights graphic on the homepage of their website, leading to the the following message:
Updated Policy for State and Local Law Enforcement Agency Sales:
In light of the recent and numerous anti-gun and anti-2nd Amendment laws pending across the Nation, Spike’s Tactical will be joining other manufacturers and distributors and limiting the business we do in states that have limited the right to keep and bear arms for their citizens.
As of today, it will be our policy not to sell prohibited items to law enforcement agencies, government agencies and agents in states, counties, cities and municipalities that have enacted restrictive gun control laws against their citizens. We urge other companies to join in support.
- Trident Armory is not only boycotting any government agency that infringes 2A rights, but is also calling upon other gun makers to stand beside them in defense of freedom. From the Trident Armory Facebook Page:
Sunday night, 9pm. As of this moment, all contract bids and offers, as well as any current production contracts for any and all US government agencies and affiliates by Trident Armory are null and void.
“We will no longer participate with, or work for a government where the “rights” of the people are able to be adjusted by the whim of the government”.
“I will not build guns which can be used to disarm my fellow Americans”.
Gun makers and gunsmiths of America, join me. Stop enabling a government who doesn’t believe in our rights, save our second amendment, and save America’s freedom from tyranny.
“I will not build guns which can be used to disarm my fellow Americans”.
Simple. Powerful. Brilliant.
- Westfork Armory not only Facebooked their statement, but added a great graphic:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY! All New York Government and official purchases from New York Law Enforcement agencies within that state are cancelled. All future sales will be suspended and firearm servicing is halted until your current bans further restricting law abiding citizens is lifted.
This includes all sales of West Fork Armory WF-15 rifles, all magazines, optics, night vision, thermal optics, ammunition, or anything else we sale or manufacture for that matter. California you’re already on the list, and Colorado your borderline on the list. We suggest all other manufacturers and dealers do the same. Let this be heard and spread the word. Share it!