RETALIATION: Magpul, LaRue Tactical, & Olympic Arms against gun control!
[LEGALLY ARMED AMERICA] Manufacturers of various popular products in the gun industry are taking a firm stand against states implementing any type of gun control legislation. Magpul, LaRue Tactical, and Olympic Arms have thrown down the gauntlet in a way that will affect jobs and tax revenue in particular states as well as refusal to service certain states participating in said gun control legislation.
Here’s what the three companies had to say (All 3 letters/announcements are included in full at the bottom page of this story.):
Magpul – maker of the world’s most popular AR-15 magazines (PMAG) as well as other AR-15 parts and accessories – has announced that if Colorado passes a law in that state that bans magazines with greater than 10-round capacity, that the company will relocate it entire company to a state that has no such ban. Magpul operates in Colorado and it’s move from that state would not only affect tax dollars, but literally thousands of employees and families of both full time and sub-contract employees. (See full letter below.)
LaRue Tactical – makers of some of the finest rifles and accessories – states that they will no longer sell standard rifles to law enforcement and government agencies in states that limit the features of civilian rifles. So if a state plans to implement a ban on certain features (flash suppressors, limits on magazine capacity,etc.) for civilian rifles, LaRue Tactical won’t provide law enforcement of government agencies in those states with rifles or support relating to those same banned features. (See full letter below.)
Olympic Arms – manufacturer of popular entry-level AR-15s and other firearms – has announced that any state that implements any type of gun control legislation will no longer be serviced in any way by the company. It also announced that it is no longer doing business with no longer be doing business with the State of New York or any governmental entity or employee within the State of New York until such legislation is repealed, and an apology made to the good people of the State of New York and the American people. (See full letter below.)
We at Legally Armed America ask that you do your best to conduct business with these fine American companies who are taking a stand for all of our Second Amendment rights. Bravo to them!
BELOW ARE THE LETTERS/ANNOUNCEMENTS IN FULL FORM POSTED BY THE COMPANIES:
“In addition to the national battle to protect our firearms rights, many states are currently engaged in their own fights. Here in CO, a state with a strong heritage of firearm and other personal freedoms, we are facing some extreme challenges to firearms rights. We have been engaged in dialogue with legislators here presenting our arguments to stop legislation from even being introduced, but our efforts did not deter those of extreme views.
After the NRAs visit last week, several anti-freedom bills were introduced by CO legislators, and a very aggressive timeline has been set forth in moving these bills forward.
The bills include:
HB 1229, Background checks for Gun Transfers–a measure to prohibit private sales between CO residents, and instead require a full FFL transfer, including a 4473.
HB 1228, Payment for Background Checks for Gun Transfers– a measure that would require CO residents to pay for the back logged state-run CBI system (currently taking 3 times the federally mandated wait time for checks to occur) instead of using the free federal NICS checks.
And finally, HB 1224, Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines–a measure that bans the possession, sale, or transfer of magazines over 10 round capacity. The measures and stipulations in this bill would deprive CO residents of the value of their private property by prohibiting the sale or transfer of all magazines over 10 rounds. This bill would also prohibit manufacture of magazines greater than 10 rounds for commercial sale out of the state, and place restrictions on the manufacture of military and law enforcement magazines that would cripple production.
We’d like to ask all CO residents to please contact your state legislators and the members of the Judiciary Committee and urge them to kill these measures in committee, and to vote NO if they reach the floor.
We also ask you to show your support for the 2nd Amendment at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb 12, for the magazine ban committee hearing and Wednesday,
Feb 13, for the hearing on the other measures.
Due to the highly restrictive language in HB 1224, if passed, and we remained here, this measure would require us to cease PMAG production on July 1, 2013.
In short, Magpul would be unable to remain in business as a CO company, and the over 200 jobs for direct employees and nearly 700 jobs at our subcontractors and suppliers would pick up and leave CO. Due to the structure of our operations, this would be entirely possible, hopefully without significant disruption to production.
The legislators drafting these measures do so in spite of the fact that nothing they are proposing will do anything to even marginally improve public safety in CO, and in fact, will leave law-abiding CO residents less able to defend themselves, strip away rights and property from residents who have done nothing wrong, and send nearly 1000 jobs and millions in tax revenue out of the state.
We like CO, we want to continue to operate in CO, but most of all, we want CO to remain FREE.
Please help us in this fight, and let your voices be heard!
We have included the contact information for the House Judiciary committee for your convenience:
House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Daniel Kagan, Chair: 303-866-2921, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Pete Lee, Vice Chair: 303-866-2932, email@example.com
Rep. John Buckner: 303-866-2944, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Lois Court: 303-866-2967, email@example.com
Rep. Bob Gardner, 303-866-2191, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Polly Lawrence, 303-866-2935, email@example.com
Rep. Mike McLachlan, 303-866-2914, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Rep Carole Murray, 303-866-2948, email@example.com
Rep. Brittany Pettersen, 303-866-2939, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Joseph Salazar, 303-866-2918, email@example.com
Rep. Jared Wright, 303-866-2583, firstname.lastname@example.org”
02/08/2012 LEANDER, TX.
Updated Policy for State and Local Agency Law Enforcement Sales:
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.
State and local laws have always been a serious focus of this firm, and we are now dovetailing that focus with the constitutional rights of the residents covered in their different areas by the old and new regulations.
We realize this effort will have an impact on this firm’s sales – and have decided the lost sales are less danger to this firm than potential lawsuits from erroneous shipments generated by something as simple as human error.
Thanks in advance for your understanding.
* * This policy does not apply to Military / Federal Agencies * *”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Olympic Arms is a staunch believer in and defender of the Constitution of the United States, and with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights that succinctly enumerates the security of our Divinely given Rights. One of those Rights is that to Keep and Bear Arms.
Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines. We feel as though 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, ignoring such SCOTUS rulings as District of Columbia v. Heller – 554, U.S. 570 of 2008, McDonald v. Chicago – 561 U.S. 3025 of 2010, and specifically the case of United States v. Miller – 307 U.S. 174 of 1939.
Due the passing of this legislation, Olympic Arms 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.
In short, Olympic Arms will no longer be doing business with the State of New York or any governmental entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York – henceforth and until such legislation is repealed, and an apology made to the good people of the State of New York and the American people.
If the leaders of the State of New York are willing to limit the right of the free and law abiding citizens of New York to arm themselves as they see fit under the Rights enumerate to all citizens of the United State through the Second Amendment, we feel as though the legislators and government entities within the State of New York should have to abide by the same restrictions.
This action has caused a division of the people into classes: Those the government deems valuable enough to protect with modern firearms, and those whose lives have been deemed as having less value, and whom the government has decided do not deserve the right to protect themselves with the same firearms. Olympic Arms will not support such behavior or policy against any citizen of this great nation.
Olympic Arms 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, or we shall surely fall divided.
Olympic Arms, Inc.
Again, We at Legally Armed America ask that you do your best to conduct business with these fine American companies who are taking a stand for all of our Second Amendment rights. Let’s hope all legal gun manufacturers will do the same!