Monthly Archives: February 2013

We have 105 members of the New York Boycott

DownRange Defense

In anticipation of introducing retail sales and manufacturing to our operation, DownRange Defense, LLC has joined many other firearms industry companies in taking a stance against infringement of the Second Amendment. DownRange Defense, LLC will not engage in commerce with any state, county, city, municipality or government entity which restricts, limits or otherwise bans the rights of citizens to own firearms or firearms accessories. DownRange Defense will, however, give our full support to any law enforcement agency which has taken a public and vocal stance to honorably support the rights of the people.

DownRange Defense operates with the same American spirit that drove the United States to become an exceptional nation. To support the tyrannical agenda of those who seek to strip rights from the law abiding citizens who contributed to America’s greatness would be in direct conflict with the founding values of our country and the ethical business model of DownRange Defense, LLC. DownRange Defense will never transact business with entities or individuals who are known to commit illegal acts and therefore must deny sales and services to any entity or individual who take actions which violate the rights preserved by the Constitution.

DownRange Defense will always stand by the American people and will defend the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies foreign and domestic.

Thanks DownRange Defense. You’ve been added to the New York Boycott list.

McMillan would like to help the New York Boycott

McMillan sells some great firearms. They sell a lot to police agencies. We stood with them when they got screwed over by their bank. Now Kelly McMillan wants to help us out. A reader received this in an email from Kelly,

Give me a list specific agencies where the Commissioner or Police chief have made public statements in support of a firearms ban, then I will agree not to sell to those departments.

Kelly D. McMillan

Kelly tells me that he has concerns about cutting off all police in a given area just because of the actions of a few. While I obviously don’t agree totally with him I have to admit that he has a point. Am I to complain when he offers me half of what I want instead of all of it? No way!

I have offered to build this list for Kelly. Here’s what I need.

  • Names of Police Chiefs and Commissioners who have prostituted their uniforms in service to the anti-gun cause.
  • Specifics. Dates, times, and most importantly, LINKS to source material. That can be these anti-gunner’s own press releases, video, or neutral news reports.

I’ll get you started with my favorite example

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson We saw him testify in Congress that we need to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. Johnson is the Chairman of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence which has as its policy agenda

  • Require background checks for all firearm purchasers.
  • Improve background checks by ensuring that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which maintains records of those who are legally prohibited from purchasing guns, be complete and accurate.
  • Ban new semi-automatic assault weapons.
  • Limit high-capacity ammunition magazines to ten rounds.
  • Oppose federal preemption of state laws governing the carrying of concealed weapons.

I need YOUR help. In addition to giving me the names of people you already know of, research the names at this organization. Get started with this handy list of people on their latest (PDF) press release.

  • Chief Anne Glavin, California State University, Northridge, CA
  • Chief Terry Cunningham, Wellesley, MA
  • Chief John Dixon, Petersburg, VA
  • Dolores (“ʺDee”ʺ) Danser, Chief, Dickinson College Public Safety
  • Mike Fink, Deputy Chief, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mike Webster, Director, Campus Safety, McDaniel College.
  • Kent Barker, Chief, Tualatin, OR
  • Dwight Henninger, Chief, Vail, CO
  • Russell Laine, Chief, Algonquin, IL
  • Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr., Chief of Police, Athens Clark County, GA
  • Colonel Steven O’ʹDonnell, Superintendent, RISP/Commissioner, RI Department of Public Safety.
  • Shawn Jones, Deputy Chief, Atlanta, GA
  • Martha Montalvo, Executive Assistant Chief, Houston, TX.
  • Travis Christian, Chief, Waverly, PA
  • Keith Humphrey, Chief of Police, Norman, OK
  • Virgil Green, Chief of Police, Spencer, OK
  • Victor McCraw, Captain, Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • William Nagle, Deputy Chief, Denver, CO
  • Thomas Ryff, Chief, Tempe, AZ
  • Perry Tarrant, Captain, Tucson, AZ
  • John Vinson, Chief of Police, University of Washington

I am swamped trying to keep up with the New York Boycott. A volunteer to help with this would be awesome.

We provide the list and the details, Kelly McMillan makes the final determination at his sole discretion.

A Warning. There are those who would take this half a loaf offer and spit on it as “not good enough.” Before you take that attitude, consider that Kelly McMillan has offered to lose actual paying business for our cause. I appreciate his willingness to help us out here and I expect that all of you will treat that offer with the same respect.

NSSF responds to the New York Boycott

Larry Keane was kind enough to respond to my request for comment by sending me this NSSF statement.

Recently, there have been calls by consumers urging members of the firearms industry as a means of protesting recently enacted gun control measures like New York’s SAFE Act to stop selling their products to law enforcement agencies in those states. Some have even suggested that NSSF should bring attention to this protest movement. Individual companies are free to independently decide which customers and markets they wish to serve. However, agreeing with others to boycott certain customers or markets raises very serious legal questions concerning antitrust laws and may be illegal. Due to these antitrust concerns, NSSF is unable to promote this protest. We are also concerned that members of law enforcement are not made less safe due to the ill-advised decisions of antigun politicians. We encourage all hunters, target shooters, and firearms owners to become involved in the democratic process, advocate for repeal of these anti-gun measures and vote for candidates who respect the Second Amendment.

Thanks, Larry.

My comment is that I don’t believe that there is a case to be made that this is an anti-trust violation.

I am NOT a lawyer, so don’t rely on me for legal advice. If you do, the judge will laugh at you.

Anti-Trust laws were written to protect the consumer from companies limiting their choices. The “consumer” is not generally defined as “the government.” The consumer is defined as “you and me.” US Anti-Trust law does make it clear that if two companies that should compete with each other for market share made an agreement to split territories, that would be illegal. But it would be a strange legal case for the State of New York to claim that refusing to sell guns to their agents constitutes “splitting territories.” It would be completely outrageous for New York to claim that refusing to break the NY SAFE Act by selling illegal guns to the police (no police loophole in that law, remember?) is some sort of crime.

It would also be some sort of crime to refuse to sell guns to a protected class of citizen. If, for instance, companies agreed to cease all firearm sales to African-Americans, that would be illegal, as well as quite a scandal. But anyone who advances the court case that government employees are a protected class of citizen needs to be kicked somewhere very sensitive.

All that being said, I understand how many companies don’t need the aggravation of dealing with politically motivated lawyers hassling them over bogus claims. And anyone who believes that our government lawyers wouldn’t file BS suits just to punish their political enemies is a fool.

Wilson Combat joins the New York Boycott

About a dozen people on Twitter and email let me know that Wilson Combat has joined the New York Boycott.

Wilson Combat Announces

Anti-Gun States, No-Sale Policy

Effective: February 28, 2013

Wilson Combat will no longer provide any products or services to any State Government imposing legislation that infringes on the second amendment rights of its law abiding citizens. This includes any Law Enforcement Department, Law Enforcement Officers, or any State Government Entity or Employee of such an entity. This also applies to any local municipality imposing such infringements.

States currently included in our No-Sale Policy are:

Wilson Combat will in NO way support the government of these states or their anti-gun agenda that only limits the rights of law-abiding citizens. Wilson Combat will continue to supply any product and/or service they can legally sell in these states to all non-government affiliated citizens.

Ryan Wilson,

Vice President

I think that VP Joe Biden has something to say about this

Thanks Wilson Combat. You’ve been added to the New York Boycott list.

More additions to the New York Boycott list

Bison Tactical

Since this company was created, it has never sold products to anti-gun states. There are two main reasons we have chosen this stance. First, we sincerely hope that those states will change their views on guns, or that 2nd amendment supports would move from those States. Secondly the depth and breadth of laws that we would need to keep track of make it very difficult to deal with those States, and we run the risk of inadvertently breaking some law in regards to what people can and cannot purchase.

Recently there has been a lot of companies officially stepping forward and clarifying their position in regards to sales to states that have taken a very anti-gun stance, along with states that make a differentiation between what State and Local employees can purchase and own, and what citizens of those States can own.

We are joining with the many other manufacturers and retailers in supporting the true meaning of the 2nd amendment of the USA constitution, which is that citizens keep and bear arms in defense of the lived of themselves and those they love, along with their property. This defense of life and property is a defense against individuals and against government. With this stance in mind, the keeping and bearing of arms is a deterrent against a government that infringes natural rights. To be a sufficient deterrent against government citizens must have equality in the arms they bear.

We will continue our tradition of refusing to sell products to those states we have identified as anti-gun.

We will not differentiate in any way between sales to citizens of a State and the State, County or Local employees.

If a State prohibits the sale of an item to its citizens, we will not sell that item in that state period.

RRC Firearms

Government and Law Enforcement Sales:

The Federal Government and several states governments have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types of firearms or accessories. Law-enforcement agencies are typically exempt from these restrictions. RRC Firearms does not recognize law-enforcement exemptions to local, state, and federal gun control laws. If a product that we sell is not legal for a private citizen to own in a jurisdiction, we will not sell that product to a law-enforcement agency in that jurisdiction.

Support the 2nd Amendment with your vote, money, and voice.

Thank you!

RRC Firearms, LLC

Thanks, both of you. You’ve been added to the New York Boycott list.

Another for the New York Boycott list

One more added makes 101

King Armory

LE/Civilian sales policy

King Armory has always made the same products available to civilians that we sell to law enforcement, military, and gov’t agencies. The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution is pretty clear when it states:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed

Nowhere in that statement is there any mention of “hunting” or “sporting purpose” and it specifically prohibits the restriction of arms to the public. Although federal, state, and city governments have chosen to violate these rights, we have not and will not…..ever.

Most years our sales to LE account for about 50% of our business as most of our key products are designed specifically for police/military use. However, it is also our policy that the citizen is truly the “first line of defense” in protecting their home, their city, and ultimately their country and it would be an unforgivable disservice to deny them the same tools that we make available to the “second line of defense” such as police, military, and other agencies.

Our standing policy is that we will NOT make exceptions for LE/gov’t agencies in states that prohibit their own citizens from owning the same items. If a particular product is not allowed for the true “first responders”, we are not going to sell it to members of a reactionary force who will show up later to deal with the aftermath of an incident that has most likely already finished by they time they arrive. This sort of “special privilege” makes as much sense as making lug wrenches and jacks only available to tow truck drivers, yet the idiots (yes, IDIOTS) in gov’t still push for legislation that supports this sort of illogical reasoning. If it is important enough for members of the LE/gov’t community to have yet verboten for the public, we DO NOT want to do business with you, feel free to take your business to one of the ever-decreasing number of vendors who will turn a blind eye to this injustice you are foisting upon the law-abiding citizens of this country.

Sincerely

JP Venters, Owner/RA at King Armory Mfg LLC

“Sic semper tyrannis”

Thanks King Armory. You’ve been added to the New York Boycott list.

You mean we actually have to feed them every day?

I hate cruelty to animals. Anything you do to an animal should be done right back to you.

A 5-month-old pit bull puppy starved to death while chained in the back yard of a house on N.C. 55 in southern Wake County near Angier, sheriff’s deputies said, and they charged a man and woman with felony cruelty to animals early Tuesday.

Chain them up and feed them “every now and then” until they die.

Suspect 1

Put it on webcam as a warning to others.

Unfortunately she, without a criminal record, couldn’t possibly get more than 8 months in prison, and will more likely get probation. I don’t think he’s even eligable for a year in prison.

Deep South Ammo make it 100 on the New York Boycott

Deep South Ammo

Prohibited localites for online ammnution Sales and includes all federal and local agencies in the states listed below no exceptions.

California: No sales of ammunition to the city of Los Angeles, all of Orange County, or San Francisco this includes federal and local agencies.

Illinois: Residents must include a copy of their FOID card with a Drivers License or State ID, and the ammunition may be shipped only to an address on either of these documents. No ammunition sales to Cooke County or Chicago this includes federal and local agencies.

Massachusetts: No sales of ammunition this includes all federal and local agencies no exceptions

New Jersey: Ammunition sales only to 01 FFL Holders with resale certificate this includes all federal and local agencies.

New York: No ammunition sales this includes all federal and local agencies no excpetions.

Washington DC: No sales of ammunition this includes all federal and local agencies no exceptions

Thanks Deep South Ammo. You’ve been added to the New York Boycott list.

How come no one told me that podcasting was so much fun?

I got an invitation from Luke at Triangle Tactical to be a guest on his podcast.

How come no one told me that podcasting was fun? I should have known, right? I get to talk. People might even listen! I get to spout my opinion and Luke was at least acting like he was happy to hear it. Yeah, don’t throw me in the briar patch, Brer Fox!

Luke is editing it. It should be out in a couple of days. I’ll let you know so you can mess up your morning commute listening to me pontificate.

A Silencerco honorable mention

This doesn’t quite meet the standard for inclusion in the New York Boycott, but I wanted you to read it. This is what happens when a company has really sensible people working for it.

Silencerco LE Statement

Recently we have been asked what our policies are regarding the sale of silencers/sound suppressors to governmental agencies is in states where civilian sales are illegal.

Our policy is as follows: For any LE agency purchase, REGARDLESS of geographic location or the state laws regarding NFA transfers to civilians, we require a “Statement of Benefit” document signed by the Chief Law Enforcement official in the requesting jurisdiction. This statement reinforces the reasons that silencers are beneficial for ALL user groups, including civilians. These statements are then filed and can be used at our prerogative to assist in our lobbying efforts to legalize civilian silencer ownership and hunting with silencers where they are prohibited by state law. Silencerco/SWR’s goal is to promote the use and ownership of silencers for civilians, Law Enforcement and Military. We do not support agencies whose administrations do not support the rights of the people to own these important personal protection devices.

Quite simply, agencies who won’t sign the statement of benefit and thereby assist our efforts to promote silencer ownership and usage, will not be sold or supported by us.

Thanks guys! Making the cops admit that silencers are beneficial makes it easier for us later. Good job!