Firearms makers and gun-accessory manufacturers are certainly facing a hostile Senate and federal administration, but the battles aren’t all on the national stage. Several state governments are also making life difficult for firearms businesses, forcing gun and accessory makers in those states to consider moving their operations to friendlier locations. And some companies are beginning to push back, even if it costs them business. Examples: In a nearby Shooter’s Log item, “What Would the World be Like Without Magpul and PMAG 30s?“, Dave Dolbee reports that “In their zeal to jump on the anti-gun agenda, lawmakers in Colorado have proposed banning the sale or manufacture of high-capacity magazines. The law would go well beyond Colorado’s borders by banning the manufacture of products to be sold out-of-state.” In another Shooter’s Log item, “Gun Rights in Your State: The ILA and CRLDF,” CTD Scott points out, “State legislatures have more power than the federal government. Because of the smaller constituency and lobbying efforts, state governments can pass bills into laws with more ease than the U.S. Congress. So, you’re more likely to see restrictions on your gun rights come from your state than the federal government.” Also in the Shooter’s Log, CTD Suzanne reports in the article, “Driving DPMS Out of Business: Minnesota House Bill 241,” Minnesota’s assault weapons ban would put DPMS out of business. On the company’s Facebook page, Adam Ballard, product manager at DPMS Panther Arms located in St. Cloud, said, “This bill would close our doors, put a great number of hard-working Americans out of work and infringe upon the rights of millions of lawful gun owners in Minnesota.” However, some companies have begun pushing back against anti-gun state governments. In an item reported at GunAuction.com, competition-products retailer Creedmoor Sports has announced it will cease all operations at its Oceanside, California, location and relocate to the company’s newly acquired facilities in Anniston, Alabama. One cited reason: “Better business climate.” Also in a report at GunAuction.com, Texas-based LaRue Tactical has changed its sales policy for state and local law-enforcement agencies. The company will only sell to local LE agencies what civilians in a given jurisdiction are allowed to own.
On the Olympic Arms Facebook page, Brian Schuetz, president of Olympic Arms, doubled down on LaRue’s policy and published this statement: “…Olympic Arms will no longer be doing business with the State of New York or any governmental entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York — henceforth and until [the state’s gun-ban] legislation is repealed, and an apology made to the good people of the State of New York and the American people.” Find the full statement here.
Of course, Cheaper Than Dirt! reiterated our standing policy here. York Arms has canceled “LE/Govt” orders in New York, as stated here. Bob Reynolds, president of Templar Custom, Inc., has said, “We will not sell arms to agents of the state of New York that hold themselves to be ‘more equal’ than their citizens.” Read the full statement here. EFI, LLC is a firearms manufacturer located in Inwood, West Virginia, that manufactures Heller Commemorative Rifles. Those rifles celebrate the 2008 decision by the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller. The company’s government sales policy reads, in part: “The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types of firearms. Law-enforcement agencies are typically exempt from these restrictions. EFI, LLC does not recognize law-enforcement exemptions to local, state, and federal gun control laws. If a product that we manufacture 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.” We’re interested in your opinion: If you live in one of the states that are further tightening gun laws (California and New York, to name two examples), will you still support the firearms-related companies that decamp for other states? If you live in one of the states whose gun laws promote gun ownership, do you want companies such as Savage and Sturm Ruger (based in Connecticut) or Weatherby (based in California) to move your state? Do you support LaRue Tactical, Olympic Arms, and these other companies in their efforts to restrict LE sales in anti-gun states? Do you favor most companies’ response to match LE goods to local restrictions, or do you think Olympic’s ban on sales to New York State agencies and personnel is the right move? Will their efforts make any difference? Should other manufacturers follow suit? Let us hear your thoughts in the comment section below.