With the news that Olympic Arms is joining LaRue Tactical in denying sales to NY law enforcement, as well as Ronnie Barrett's refusal to sell his wares or service existing firearms in the state of California, it's starting to look like gun manufacturers are starting to notice the private market. With millions of guns being sold, ammunition flying off store shelves as fast as it can be stocked, and online retailers sold out of pretty much anything gun-related in the past two months, it seems as though our wallets are being heard.
Companies are starting to realize that - like Smith & Wesson after selling out to the Clinton administration - gun owners can and will punish companies that they deem unsupportive of our Second Amendment rights in the one way that companies notice - the bottom line. Conversely, companies that stand up with us when agencies attempt to subvert our Second Amendment rights should be rewarded. In that vein, Sean over at NC Gun Blog has an awesome idea:
New York Boycott
He's keeping track of all gun manufacturers that are refusing to sell guns or components to any New York State agency in retaliation for their new, hastily-passed gun laws. I think this is a great idea, as it gives us a handy shopping list of companies that stand with us and are not just taking money from all angles. Sean is urging folks to contact other manufacturers to respectfully ask them to follow the lead of these other states, and if they respond in the negative, ask them why. Smith & Wesson, SIG SAUER, and Glock are the three manufacturers authorized to sell duty handguns in New York, so they're a great place to start.
Personally, what I would love to see would be Sig, S&W, and Glock come out with a special "New York" Magazine - limited to seven rounds of course - that would be the only magazine that they will sell to anyone, law enforcement or civilian, in the state of New York. It would be a stark reminder that everyone should have to deal with these draconian laws, and that perhaps limiting the police to the same rules and regulations as every other civilian would change mindsets quickly.
It'd also be nice to get the police to object under the guise that the bad guys will have "high capacity" magazines - get them on record admitting that the laws don't work. Now, I don't see this happening - New York is an enormous law enforcement market - but if we can start steering business to the companies that are standing with us while politely discussing the benefits of joining us to the others, we might see more and more companies willing to join in. If you hear of any company not on Sean's list, please send him that information.
Ben Franklin's words were never more true than now: "We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately."
That is all.
UPDATE: Should have known better. York Arms is also part of this NY Boycott...