In 2003, Ronnie Barrett of Barrett Rifle fame sent a notice to California saying that he would no longer sell guns to government agencies in that state because that state prohibited sales of his company’s rifles to ordinary citizens. Barrett has been an outspoken industry leader in the fight against gun control, and lately, his general tactic has been spreading through the industry, and this past week, he added the State of New York to the list of jurisdictions in which his company will no longer do business. More and more companies are deciding that as a moral concern, they can no longer do business with institutions of government that are attempting to limit the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. This is a hopeful trend, but I’m afraid there’s more to this than a list of smaller companies making such pronouncements. Few of the big players have gotten aboard, and it’s time for you to know about them. Large firearms and ammunition manufacturers continue to rake in government dollars, many of them having large government contracts. It’s time for ordinary citizens who purchase firearms to begin applying pressure by way of their wallets.
One website has actually created a form letter that can be used to send a message to firearms companies. Naturally, the large companies like Winchester, Glock, Smith and Wesson, Glock, Remington, Colt and others comprises a vast majority of firearms sales throughout the country. You can see a more complete list of the big outfits that haven’t joined in the boycott of sales to offending jurisdictions here. It’s time the big manufacturers and sellers began to get the message, and it’s imperative that we begin to deliver it. In the current mad rush among many to acquire more firearms and related items, it’s high time to begin to temper this with some discerning examination of the nature of the companies with which we do business. Large manufacturers are relying upon their name and contracts with government to sustain them against any backlash, and it’s for that reason that I would urge you to do business with companies that are openly adopting a policy to refuse to sell to governments seeking or enforcing encroachments on the Second Amendment. There is a more thorough list of those companies supporting your right to keep and bear arms as a matter of policy located at FreedomOutpost.
It’s high time that the large firearms manufacturers begin to get the message. On that basis, it is my pledge (for what little it may be worth) that I will not do business with any company not appearing on the list of those interested in upholding the rights of ordinary citizens to keep and bear arms. My next firearm will certainly come from somebody on this list. It’s time we smarten up and realize that by feeding the beast, we’re making it stronger, and if large(r) firearms companies need to learn from whence their bread is buttered, so be it. They need to feel the crush of a people who have realized that to do business with them is to support their own oppressors. We who assert our Second Amendment guarantees of our natural right to keep and bear arms must begin to put our money where our mouths are on this issue, if we haven’t already.
On Saturday I refused to sell a AR-15 rifle to a police officer from California. He came into my shop and wanted to buy his duty gun in AZ because the same gun in his home state would cost him more. I told him that I would not sell him the gun even though he had his department letter saying he was able to buy it. I told him that if the gun was not legal for law abiding men and women in CA I would not sell it to him. After he told me that “civilians don’t need them type of guns,” I asked to leave my shop. He stomped out mad.
I have made a decision to not sell to any gun to police department that are not legal for civilians. We build custom AR-15 and have sold more then a few to cops in a few states. I am not sure how this will effect us but as we grow and our name gets out there more we will not change this policy.
You see, it is the small(er) companies that understand that it is the principle of the matter that underlies all of our freedoms. It is one thing to say that one supports the Second Amendment, but it is entirely another to demonstrate the measure of that commitment by virtue of actions. I am gratified to see larger or at least more prolific companies joining the list. LaRue Tactical, from right here in Central Texas, has been among the stalwarts, and I really appreciate their bumper stickers.
We as consumers and advocates of freedom have a choice, and it’s a critical one. We can simply buy from an unlimited list of manufacturers and sellers, or we can restrict our purchase decisions to the smaller list of companies that support our liberties. Placed in this context, it becomes clear that we have only one rational choice, and that we must at long last begin to discern among our options with a sharper focus. It’s also time to bring heat on those companies that are not committed to our liberties. If you’re in the market for a firearm or accessories, it’s high time to begin looking closely at those with whom you will do business. High quality firearms are available that will fulfill your needs while also supporting your moral position. Reward those who understand the Second Amendment and who realize that their future is tied to the liberties we enjoy.