Gun companies to states: Reject our customers, we reject you

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Six U.S. firearm companies announced their refusal to do business with any state that enacts strict gun control laws, and several advocacy groups are urging others to do the same.

Following the December tragedy at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, an increasing number of local governments have enacted draconian gun control measures designed to restrict gun ownership by law-abiding citizens.

Such measures, including the 10-year federal assault weapons ban, have failed miserably. Moreover, those jurisdictions with the strictest gun laws, including Chicago and the District of Columbia, typically have the highest gun-related assault and murder rates.

Nonetheless, New York recently enacted a stringent gun law, restricting, for example, magazine sizes to seven rounds. Worse yet, Missouri is now considering an assault weapons ban that would authorize confiscation after 90 days of enactment.

Six gun companies have decided to fight back. They’re telling states that if they deign to enact restrictive gun control measures, any police agency within their jurisdiction — state, county or local — are prohibited from purchasing their products.’s Kerry Picket reported that the gun companies’ “various statements emphasize that such laws create a class of government employees with rights and a class of citizens without rights. Thus, they refuse to aid the enforcement of such inequality.”

Those companies include:

LaRue Tactical, which manufactures assault rifles and optics, including red-dot and night vision

Olympic Arms, which also manufactures assault rifles as well as pistols

Extreme Firepower Inc., which produces rifles in calibers from .223 to .50

Templar Custom, which makes precision rifles, muzzle brakes and accessory rails

York Arms, a custom arms manufacturer

Cheaper Than Dirt, a popular firearm and accessory dealer

In addition, “Second Amendment activist groups Guns Save Life and Grass Roots North Carolina are currently urging big gun manufacturers Sig Sauer, Smith and Wesson, and Glock to halt their sales to government agencies within states that have clamped down on their residents’ right to bear arms,” according to

I only hope two of my favorites — Colt and Heckler & Koch — decide to follow suit.


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