Two firearms manufacturers have announced they will no longer sell their products to law enforcement agencies in New York after state lawmakers endorsed Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed assault-weapons ban in early February.
Washington-state-based firearms manufacturer Olympic Arms, a manufacturer of AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles, announced on Feb. 13 that it will no longer sell its products to New York state law enforcement agencies, three days after Templar Custom Arms made a similar pledge.
“We will not sell arms to agents of the state of New York that hold themselves to be ‘more equal’ than their citizens,” reads Templar Custom’s statement on Breitbart.com. “As long as the legislators of New York think they have the power to limit the rights of their citizens, in defiance of the Constitution, we at Templar will not sell them firearms to enforce their edicts.”
“Legislation recently passed in the state of New York outlaws the AR-15 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,” Olympic Arms wrote on its official Facebook page. “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.”
Olympic Arms’ Facebook page notice announcing its Empire State boycott had nearly 11,000 “likes” by noon on Feb. 19.
New York’s assault-weapons ban allows law enforcement agencies to purchase assault-style weapons, but Olympic says it no longer will serve the state’s first responders, according to Fox News.
The law also restricts ammunition magazines from 10 to seven bullets and current owners of higher-capacity magazines have a year to sell them out of state. An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge.
“It didn’t make sense that citizens can’t have what police departments have,” Brian Schuetz, Olympic’s president and co-owner, told the Albany Times Union.
According to Oliver VanDervoort in a Feb. 16 column on www.inquisitr.com, Olympic Arms and Templar Custom are among six American gun manufacturers that have released statements making it clear that they will not sell to states that enact tougher gun laws.
In addition to Olympic Arms and Templar Custom, the others include LaRue Tactical, Extreme Firepower Inc.,York Arms, and Cheaper Than Dirt.
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