Almost 100 Manufacturers Decline to Sell ‘Banned’ Equipment to LE

By Woody published on in AR-15, Chronicle, Firearms, Guest Posts, Gun Rights, Industry News, Legal Issues, News, Rifles, Second Amendment

Since an article detailing companies’ responses to gun and accessory bans appeared in the Cheaper Than Dirt Chronicle, almost 100 manufacturers have announced they are not selling equipment to law-enforcement agencies that their states’ citizens can’t own—in particular, New York.

West Fork Armory’s graphic makes clear what the company’s sales policy is.

Originally, LaRue Tactical was one of a few companies that announced a new sales policy for state and local law-enforcement agencies. Cheaper Than Dirt! was also one of the early announcers. Our sales statement is here.

On Monday, we contacted NRA Public Affairs for a comment on the burgeoning effort. We received an email response on Tuesday that said, “NSSF would be best suited for this inquiry.”

Chris Dolnack, senior vice president & chief marketing officer for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said, “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 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.”

Elsewhere, we have found as many as 98 companies participating:

  1. 2A Armament
  2. 2A Firearms
  3. 3RI Technologies
  4. 3 Rivers Precision
  5. 556 Tactical
  6. Allegiance Ammunition
  7. Allstar Tactical
  8. Alpine Guns Alex Arms
  9. American Spirit Arms
  10. Ammoclip
  11. Arrowhead Shooting Sports
  12. Black Mountain Survival
  13. Bison Armory
  14. Badger Peak
  15. Barrett Firearms
  16. Big Horn Armory
  17. Big Sky Ammunition
  18. Boise Tactical
  19. Bravo Company USA
  20. Bullwater Enterprises
  21. Chaos Arms
  22. Cheaper Than Dirt
  23. Citizen Arms
  24. Clark Fork Tactical
  25. Climags
  26. CMMG Inc
  27. Controlled Chaos Arms
  28. Critical Survival
  29. Crusader Weaponry
  30. Csspecs Magazines
  31. Daniel Byer FFL
  32. Dead Bang Guns
  33. Delmarva Shooting Supply
  34. DogLeg Arms
  35. Doublestar Corp (J&T Distr. & Ace LTD)
  36. Evolution Weaponry
  37. Exile Machine
  38. Extreme Firepower Inc, LLC
  39. Franklin Armory
  40. GWACS Armory
  41. Head Down Products
  42. Hill Country Black Rifles
  43. Huntertown Arms
  44. Iron Goat Guns
  45. J&G Sales
  46. JABTAC
  47. JCW Industries
  48. Kiss Tactical
  49. Lanco Tactical
  50. LaRue Tactical
  51. Lauer Custom Weaponry
  52. Liberty Suppressors
  53. Midway USA
  54. MFI
  55. NEMO Arms
  56. Norton Firearms
  57. OCS Guns
  58. OFA Tactical
  59. OJ’s Gun Shop
  60. Old Grouch’s Military Surplus
  61. Olympic Arms
  62. One Source Tactical
  63. Paige Firearms
  64. Precision Firearms
  65. Predator Intelligence
  66. Predator Tactical
  67. Primary Weapons Systems
  68. Progressive Micro Devices
  69. Quality Arms Idaho
  70. Red Jacket Firearms
  71. Rhino Arms
  72. Rock River ArmsShade’s Landing
  73. Rocky Top Tactical
  74. Semper Fi Arms
  75. Shade’s Landing Inc.
  76. Smith Enterprise
  77. Southern Appalachian Arms
  78. Southwest Shooting Authority
  79. Spike’s Tactical
  80. SRT Arms
  81. Stoner Arms
  82. Tactical Solutions
  83. Templar Custom
  84. Templar Tactical Arms
  85. The Tactical Toolbox
  86. Thunder Beast Arms
  87. Tier One Arms
  88. Top Gun Supply
  89. Trident Armory
  90. Umlaut Industries
  91. Umbrella Corp
  92. Victory Defense Consulting
  93. Volquartsen Custom
  94. Warbirds Custom Guns
  95. West Acre Sporting Goods
  96. West Fork Armory
  97. West Michigan Tactical
  98. York Arms

Two places to keep abreast of new companies joining the effort are here:

An NC Gun Blog

ThePoliceLoophole.com

 

 

 

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Comments (15)

  • kenneth kaplan

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    It may be that the above companies enjoy good relations with LEO. They do not want to go against the tide of good money. For there products that they sell to to all levels of LOE. locale,state ,city and federal.Also the fact is that they may not care about retooling for a change in products.

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  • Lt Scrounge

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    Here’s a simple way to describe it in a manner that a bean counter will understand. There are roughly 100,000 LEOs in the state of New York. There are roughly 100,000,000 gun owners outside of the state of New York, which customer base do you think would be more likely to take their business to another company if you don’t support the boycott? Yes you will lose some access to the LEOs in those states that have morons in the legislature, but you will retain the loyalty of tens of millions of private citizens who will not be buying at steeply discounted prices nor will they be doing so only once every 4 years. You’re also not going to have to worry about the civilians dumping tens of thousands of barely used guns onto the market at once driving down your new gun sales because of the discounted price of the police trade ins on the retail market.

    Don’t laugh on that one folks, a few years ago I bought a police trade in Beretta 84F with DeSantis shoulder holster with double mag carrier, three high cap magazines and Trijicon tritium night sights for $300 off list for the pistol WITHOUT the night sights alone. Basically I saved over $450 when you count in the cost of the extra magazines and the holster. More if you add in the cost of adding Tijicon night sights to it. I actually saved more than I spent on the deal. The deal was so good that the gun shop owner that handled the transfer ordered an extra one for store stock. To top it all off, the thing is a collector’s item. I later found out that they were only made as a backup weapon for that one police dept. Mine even has the custom grips with the dept logo on them.

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  • Farrok

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    It’s about time that the sportsman and woman and the suppliers of sporting arms and ammunition said NO to the Eastern Liberals and California crackpots. Do not sell arm or ammunition to the police departments of these states and do not locate your business in them also. Go where you are Free to breath the air and Liberty, the Bill of Rights and The Constitution of the Untied States of America are respected. These Liberal States are all out to disarm Arm the American People and then the Jackboot will be placed on American throats. I have seen governments go off the rails in the Middle East and that’s how it all begins with the confiscation of firearms and ammunition. You wan’t to be a slave? Turn in your firearms !

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  • RPK

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    Whiel I support LEO’s, I absolutely do NOT support oppressive police state regimes who use unconstitutional tactics to enforce a personal agenda. Bravo to all these fine companies for having the steel to stand on principle and fight the good fight! As for those draconian dictatorships in New York…you are the problem, not the solution!

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  • Blasier

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    @7:

    Your post says the manufacturers want to limit what they sell to civilians. That’s not it. The state legislature is enacting the limits on sales to civilians. Seems fair to me that if a state limits what civilians can buy, the sellers should limit what anyone in that state can buy, including state and federal LEO.

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