#GunControl: Firearms manufacturer stops sales to NY state officials

Interesting. Because of recent legislation passed by the New York legislature, Olympic Arms will no longer sell to Empire State or local officials, including police and other first responders:

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 enumerated 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.

Call it “sauce for the gander.” I don’t know what portion of government purchases in NY are made from Olympic Arms, but it could get interesting if other gun manufacturers join in, and if the reverse boycott spreads to other gun-grabbing states, such as California.

RELATED: Trevor Burrus of the Libertarian Cato Institute discusses criteria for assessing new gun laws, while PJM’s Clayton Cramer compares murder rates between Canadian provinces and their neighboring US states to determine whether restrictive gun laws make a difference. Very interesting reading.

UPDATE: Instalanche! Welcome Instapundit readers, and thanks, Glenn!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

20 Responses to #GunControl: Firearms manufacturer stops sales to NY state officials

  1. jim m says:

    York Arms, LaRue Tactical and Templar Arms have also made the same commitment and not just for NY but for any state restricting gun rights.

  2. Firehand says:

    They’re not the only company; there are five now

  3. navyone says:

    Excellent. The government had better be careful. Arms companies can do the same with the military. . .

  4. Paul says:

    Good way to highlight bad laws, but our Marxist wannabe dictator will likely be happy to supply military-grade arms to ANY police agency that requests them. (Along with some of those 1.6 billion hollow points.)

  5. spqrzilla9 says:

    Barrett did something similar for California after their .50 BMG ban.

  6. looking closely says:

    This is just red meat to encourage loyalty/sales from the gun buying audience. In practice, the State of NY is probably buying a sum total of ZERO weapons from Olympic arms. “Cutting them off”, so to speak, most likely amounts to ZERO loss of business for the company.

    Even if NY did buy weapons from Olympic arms (which again, it almost certainly doesn’t) there are literally twenty other companies that make functionally identical AR-pattern rifles which NY could easily buy instead. So NY State isn’t “hurt” by this.

    And even if Olympic refused to sell guns to NY State directly, if the State really wanted them (which again, it doesn’t), it could simply purchase them from a distributor or other middle-man.

    In sum, this is a hollow sound bite from Olympic arms, nothing more.

  7. Wolfwood says:

    I had the same thought as some above: I doubt any New York agency is buying from Olympic Arms. Companies like Barrett have pull because they make a niche product with few ready competitors and so are in the driver’s seat. If and when any of Kimber, Springfield, Glock, Sig-Sauer, Colt, Beretta, HK, Ruger, and Smith & Wesson join in, then this will be a big deal.

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  9. Pettifogger says:

    This is a good first step. We need to get other gun manufacturers to do likewise. If we can get Smith & Wesson and Glock, among others, we’ll start to make a difference. Pressure from customers has a least some chance of making that happen.

    • I was thinking something similar: by itself, Olympic’s action probably doesn’t amount to much. Get the top manufacturers to join in, and then you’ve got a problem… for the gun-grabbers.

  10. Semper Why says:

    I love this idea. I personally call it “What’s good for the goose is good for the Gander Mountain”

  11. Fugazzi says:

    They could get what ever they needed from the AFT. It is likely AFT has a lot of Fast and Furious Guns it needs to get rid of as it doesn’t look good to send those guns south any more.

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