U.S. gun manufacturers rebel against anti gun laws.

“Last Friday TheBlaze reported on a growing list of gun manufacturers and retailers who had stopped selling to law enforcement in states that were enacting stringent new gun laws.

Since that report, the initial list (seen below) has changed. However, none of the “big three” (Glock, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson) providers to law enforcement have stepped up and joined the companies who have chosen to take a public stand on the issue. In less than two weeks, at least 18 companies have made the decision to stop selling to law enforcement in states that limit a private citizen’s right to own a gun.

There is one arms maker that has gotten attention for publicly stating that they will not be pressured into stopping sales to law enforcement. That company is ArmaLite.

more gun makers stop selling to states that restrict private gun ownership

According to posts on several gun-supporting blog sites, Armalite answered email inquires with some unwelcome attitude. This is the reply reportedly sent from a sales rep identified as Pat Raley.

Dear concerned gun owner,
First of all I would like to say thank you for filling my email with all this spam email.
Second, I am not sure where you got this blanket email from to send out as spam, but please stop it.
Third, The manufacturer is not the one you need to convince.
You need to convince the law enforcement agencies and the common people about their mistake in electing these officials and have them removed. Again NOT the manufacture.
AR Stands for ArmaLite…
Respectfully,
Pat Raley

The snarky tone of that note did not sit well with the very active pro-gun crowd in the blogosphere. It quickly circled the digital universe. Armalite’s President Mark Westrom reportedly tried to do a little damage control and state his company’s policy more clearly.

At first glance, Westrom’s statement seemed to be along the lines of the companies who had chosen to stop selling to police in New York state.

My purpose here is to pass on his (Raley’s) apology from the corporate level and to answer the initial question: What is ArmaLite going to do?

ArmaLite is continuing a policy put into place when California first banned our rifles. That policy remains:

1. We will not sell to those states which deny it’s honorable citizens the right to own ArmaLite’s.

That statement seems clear. It was the next couple of points that muddied the waters a bit (emphasis added by Armalite):

2. We do not halt sales to individual officers even in problematic states. I am a former Police Officer myself, and the staffer who stimulated the recent anger is a currently serving one. We are well familiar with the fact that most rifles serving Police Officers are purchased by the officers themselves, and that they shouldn’t be punished for the actions of their political elite. We consider sales to those sate subdivisions which are not engaged or potentially engaged with disarming its citizens. DNR and Forestry Departments, for instance, sometimes serve in remote areas that conceal drug farms and their officers deserve good hardware.  
3. We will not sell to those lower political subdivisions that deny their honorable citizens the right to own ArmaLite’s. Chicago, for instance, prohibits its citizens from owning ArmaLite’s within the city limits so we make no effort to sell into that city. We have many friends on the Chicago Police Department and have continued to sell to them individually.

Westrom appears to be saying that they won’t sell to police departments in states where the Second Amendment is being infringed, but will sell to individual officers in those states.

We reached out to the company for comment and have not yet gotten a response. Mark Westrom’s voicemail seems to have been disabled or overwhelmed. Perhaps there is a connection there.

No matter what ArmaLite’s stance may be, there are many new additions to our initial list published late last week.. Joining the expanding group are:

Bullwater, which does business as A&T Firearms, posted a statement 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.

West Fork Armory also chose the social media outlet for making a statement, and did so with a very clear graphic atop their post.

more gun makers stop selling to states that restrict private gun ownership

Image: Facebook

Their message:

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.

West Fork also named a couple of other states besides New York, while encouraging other companies to join them:

California you’re already on the list, and Colorado your borderline on the list. We suggest all other manufacturers and dealers do the same.

Arizona’s Smith Enterprise posted a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on its website. It shared some of the same sentiments as those who had joined the protest:

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.

more gun makers stop selling to states that restrict private gun ownership

Image: Alex Arms website

Alex Arms is a firearms dealer, and on Sunday, they posted their new policy:

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.

Curiously, Alex Arms has used the company’s website to take a shot at one of their suppliers, Armalite. In a post from Monday, Alex Arms accused Armalite of “having no backbone.” Going forward, Armalite products will not be stocked by Alex Arms until they change their policy.

You either support the Second Amendment, or you do not.  Armalite apparently does not.  They have drawn their line in the sand and have decided to stand on the side of tyranny instead of We, The People.

Spike’s Tactical from Florida stated their policy on Facebook too:

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.

 Idaho’s Quality Arms, an AR-15 specialist, has added a page to their company’s website titled “Liberty & Justice for All.” On that page is a lengthy statement on the latest shootings and how the company feels some politicians are manipulating them for their own purposes. The page closes with this statement from Qaulity Arms:

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 2ndamendment.

David Saylors of Liberty Suppressors published this statement:

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,
David Saylors
President
Liberty Suppressors

DoubleStar Corp received almost 3,000 Facebook “likes” in the first 24 hours after they made this declaration:

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.

American Spirit Arms notched even more electronic “thumbs up” after joining the movement.

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.

Another AR specialist, Trident Armory took a stand on Sunday night:

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”

 David Hunsucker, CEO of Head Down Firearms encouraged other manufacturers to join his company and others:

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.

Retailer J&G Sales has a special page dedicated to their position as it concerns sales to law enforcement. Part of the page long statement includes an admission that this decision will cost the company money:

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.

In addition to the growing list of companies taking this action, there is an online coalition working to keep the pressure on manufacturers.

more gun makers stop selling to states that restrict private gun ownership

Image: Firearms Policy Coalition

Firearms Policy Coalition offers a digital option for those wishing to send an email encouraging companies to get on board with this movement. And for those who like snail mail, FPC offers a sample letter and a fairly comprehensive list of street addresses.

(H/T to NC Gun Blog for maintaining this list)”
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22 thoughts on “U.S. gun manufacturers rebel against anti gun laws.

  1. Anonymous

    Does anybody have any more info on this? At one stage Gri££in was the Vice President of the AENM, there was no mention of his presence at this meeting in Hungry last October, I see an Italian is now vice president, have they discoverer that Gri££in is an out and out crook I wonder?On Sunday, the election took place, where at the beginning Gollnisch then the Board members (Valerio Cignetti Secretary, Luca Romagnoli Vice-President and Béla Kovács Treasurer) talked about their future plans. The members of the Alliance of European National Movements unanimously re-elected the leadership then adopted the budget.http://www.jobbik.com/bruno_gollnisch_re-elected_president_alliance_european_national_movements

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  2. Anonymous

    I see the BNP has selected arch prat and buffoon Mick Braun as the candidate of Gooshays ward in East London , the election being held on the 21st of March. Braun was in charge of a very nasty blog that attacked decent, hard working Nationalist, he was under direct orders from Gri££in. Braun claims he has foreign grandchildren and is proud of it, he has made umpteen irresponsible statement in the past bringing Nationalism into disrepute. Gooshays is one of the best ward in the entire London region foe Nationalist, we're had two elected councillors there in the past. If Gri££in f**ks this one up it will back fire on him and the party.

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  3. Anonymous

    Below is from a local newspaper report from April 2nd 2010 in the Ilford Recorder, this character Braun character sounds like an utter c**t, I believe that he's son has had children with this Turk. Gri££in's gang of buffoons was the reason we lost an elected official in this part of London. It's interesting that Griffinites were doing deals with Harrington's chum in the multi-racial NLP?'Cllr Logan, who has been receiving dialysis daily while waiting for a kidney transplant, highlighted a particular incident when he claimed Mr Braun made a foul personal verbal attack on him after a party meeting.Cllr Logan said: "I am not willing to stay in a party whereupon I'm being threatened and his last tirade of verbal abuse was appalling."When questioned about it Mr Braun said: "I can't remember what I said."I might remember saying Joe Hunt. It's another term; a bit of rhyming slang."He called Cllr Logan "arrogant" and "hard to work with" and said: "My son goes out with a Turkish girl. I rent my home from a lovely woman who is a Hindu. I'm not racist at all."Cllr Logan was also angry at the secret political handshake Mr Douglas made with Graham Williamson of the National Liberal Party to agree to remove BNP candidates from South Hornchurch to give the The National Liberal Party a better chance of election.'

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  4. Anonymous

    Off topic but of import – a question for Wellhard67Wellhard67, you talk a fine nationalist talk but are you not the staunch Gri££inista who, even though the one-eed bastard's many vices and shortcomings were obvious to all clear-thinking intelligent English nationalists, was persisantly cyper-stalking Diane Leech while she was taking Gri££instein to task and exposing his treachery, crookery and corruption? – on deep reflection, methinks you're trying too hard and are still Gri££instein's man, and are trying to weedle your way in among true English nationalists.Gri££in Watch, greetings – my ISP is still fucking me around, hence my late and reduced comments.Fly On The Wall

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  5. Anonymous

    EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFORMATION THE HOME OFFICE, THE 43 REGISTERED FOR-PROFIT POLICE FORCE CORPORATIONS THROUGHOUT BRITAIN AND THE BRITISH MAINSTREAM MEDIA DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_v._HellerStudy this case very carefully because its outcome directly had a positive and direct effect on British firearms legislation because the 1215 Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights 1689 were cited during Heller's Appeal to the Supreme Court of America – because he knew Heller's sucessful appeal exposed the unlawfulness of British gun-control legislation, the corrupt Aden-born asian wog immigrant, Nigel Keith Anthony Standish Vaz, aka as Keith Vaz MP, Home Affairs Minister of the Firearms Committee, invited the head of one of the legal teams in the Heller case, to speak to the Home Office Firearms Committee – and what he told Vase De Nuit (translation in French dictionaries) was the British Firearm Laws (In reality corporation/business rules, regulations and statutes requiring your consent to have power) were unlawful, violated both inalienable Rights and Common Law – that's why there's been no new firearms legislation since 2008 – and is why the British ministers are crapping their knickers at the thought of all those pistol shooters who were unlawfully deprived of their lawfully-held pistols, might organize and sue the British government/home Office for millions.Fly On The Wall

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  6. Anonymous

    Tighten your belts – kate is going to shit out another parasitic joo pseudo-royal cuckoo onto the English throne – try starving the little fucker to death by not paying taxes, deregistering your car then not buying road tax, and not buying a TV license and not paying council tax – it's a start – and the freeman-Of-The-Land movement is growing in Britain, America, Canada and Australia, etc.PS. had to laugh when I saw newsreel footage of the flabby-face clueless cast-iron khunt sporting a blue nappy bandana wrapped around his head while stumbling along bare-footed in the golden temple grounds, Amritsah – absolutely fucking embarrassing – Prime Minister? – more like Prime Twat – that's me for the ISP chop again till the next reconnection (8Fly On The Wall

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  7. He Knows who I am..Leathers

    Roger Phillips is a state plant just like GA.They work hand in glove for money and too destroy nationalism.PSGA allowed Roger to feck me in his caravan and laughed about it.Phillips thought he was some kind of movies star until he got sussed out as a delinquent thug with a small dick.If he wants too see me again he can come too Boots Chemists in Swansea.Philips is a sicko

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  8. Anonymous

    Anon @ 17:34, regardless of the jury's verdict on Roger Phillips, NEVER let him out of your sight – absolutely NEVER – the creepy manner in which Phillips cyber-stalked Diane Leech, at Gri££instein's behest, is reason enough and alone for all decent English nationalists to shun Phillips while he's still breathing – someone flush the pan to rid English nationalism of another bobbing seemingly unflushable turd.Fly On The Wall

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  9. Tony Francis Rees

    Phillips is no Nationalist despite his desperate pleas to be accepted as one.Phillips is best pals with the Ashkanazi Mike Green who he worked with and the self confessed Ashkanazi Tim Rogers a lowlife infiltrator.ROGER PHILLIPS IS MI5 I wish I had never employed the scumbags.Remember Kelly ?

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  10. Kelly Badly-Bruised Ouch Daddy

    Ok lets put it in perspectiveRoger Phillips is a low life thug who beat up his daughter.Social Services were involved but the kid was too terrified too testify.This the type of scum who thinks he is a Nationalist.The child is now living with Margaret and is ok.The Drunkard Phillips is hated in Crosshand-

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  11. BR - Lie - Watch

    Phone the Editor of the South Wales Guardian Newspaper.His name is Mike Lewis 01269 592781Phillips is terrified that this will get out he has been using Mike Ashkenzi Green to keep this covered up.Phillips is a lowlife and a thug

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  12. GriffinWatch

    NOTED. It's public domain information now. Those who want to check can do so.As an aside, I haven't finished exposing Morris yet, irons in the fire, so to speak.Stay tuned for GriffinWatch T.V., shortly, all being well.Green is most definately a wrongun.Sean

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  13. Anonymous

    GriffinWatch said "These are serious allegations chaps. I hope that they are provable."Sean.26 February 2013~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Gri££in Watch, Diane was continually cyber-stalked by Phillips till she eventually blocked him from her facebook site – should you require confirmation to that fact I'll get Diane to contact you.Regards,Fly On The Wall

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  14. GriffinWatch

    Your word is enough Fly, I don't like to get our women involved unless absolutely necessary.I welcome their help and contributions tho. We need more women onboard, I.M.H.O. I just try to keep them from the front line, I'm old fashioned like that. Maybe I'm wrong?Sean.

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  15. Anonymous

    Gri££in Watch, greetings – Diane is a staunch nationalist who's been often interviewed live on radio – once she's on a roll there's no stopping her – I'm game for all things regarding English nationalism, but trying to keeping Diane off the front line in the battle for the English natioalist cause, jeeeze – I'd rather face a hungry lion (8Regards,Fly On The Wall

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