There’ve been declarations by several gun companies about what they won’t put up with concerning the Second Amendment. Most recently Magpul’s 2A stance against Colorado’s infringements, Olympic’s 2A stance with regards to any state that restricts their product, and less recently Ronnie Barrett’s years-old declaration that California will not get any business from his company, now comes ArmaLite, the company that originated the AR-15 (AR stands for ArmaLite rifle), making their own declaration:
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.
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 state 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.
Our observation is that most County Sheriffs disagree with banning sales of our rifles and many publicly refuse to enforce such laws. We sell to those departments and to their Deputies, but will not sell to those County departments headed by Sheriffs who would deny their citizens the same rights.
In short, Americans need not worry that ArmaLite is selling to those who betray them.
…ArmaLite is strongly involved with both personal, corporate, and political efforts at the State, National, and International level to protect our civil rights. And we’ll continue to support your shooting needs as the situation moves forward.
This was posted in response to numerous emails asking for ArmaLite to support a boycott of anti-Constitutional states. There was some confusion at the level of communication, prompting ArmaLite to respond poorly and creating a little bruhaha within the activist firearms community until Westrom looked at the situation, realized that customers and some of his own staff were talking past each other, and made the above statement.
Worth noting is that ArmaLite’s is located in Geneseo, IL, which due to the imperial dictates out of Chicago, isn’t the most gun friendly area. Firearms owners there do not have rights. They beg the state for permission. This is one of the many reasons why ArmaLite isn’t taking the same kind of Extremely Rightwing stance that folks like Mark LaRue are.
Nice to see that other elements of the conservative blogosphere are starting to notice these stories, too. Well, Michelle Malkin caught the Magpul story, anyway.
Update: It’s worth noting as well that some 2A supporters are taking ArmaLite to task for still selling to individual officers in ban states… which means they are supporting that some animals are more equal than others. The “some animals are more equal” police sales stance is something that more staunchly pro-2A companies have refused. If the state restricts ownership, there’s no reason why a state enforcer should get a pass. If citizens can’t own it, why should the state’s enforcers be armed against the citizen?
ArmaLite’s line in the sand is a lot further back than Olympic’s or LaRue’s. but restricting sales to actual government entities is still a line in the sand.