February 15, 2013

Going outlaw: the private sector fights back [updated]

“Olympic Arms, Inc. announces New York State sales policy will no longer serve first responders”:

Legislation recently passed in the State of outlaws the AR15 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. We [at Olympic Arms] 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, ignoring such SCOTUS rulings as District of Columbia v. Heller – 554, U.S. 570 of 2008, McDonald v. Chicago – 561 U.S. 3025 of 2010, and specifically the case of United States v. Miller – 307 U.S. 174 of 1939.

Due the passing of this legislation, Olympic Arms would like to announce that the State of New York, any Law Enforcement Departments, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders within the State of New York, or any New York State government entity or employee of such an entity – will no longer be served as customers.

In short, 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entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York – henceforth and until such legislation is repealed, and an apology made to the good people of the State of New York and the American people.

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.

Olympic Arms invites all firearms manufacturers, distributors and firearms dealers to join us in this action to refuse to do business with the State of New York. We must stand together, or we shall surely fall divided.

[my emphases]

I’ve passed this story along to a friend at Magpul.  I urge them to react  in a similar way, should Colorado pass bans that would essentially force the company to move out of state. Today, in just moments, in fact, the Colorado assembly will vote on 4 gun-c0ntrol measures that made their way out of committee — from a high-cap mag ban to a ban on college campus carry to an open-ended tax that would “pay” for broader universal background checks to the criminalization of private sales (we have no “gun show loophole” in CO; if you purchase a firearm at a gun show, you go through a background check, period.  So all this new measure would do would turn those sales between private parties who don’t have access to the NIC system into a felony) — and I plan on fighting these proposed policies at every step, including after they pass, assuming that the Dem-controlled assembly passes them.

As many of you know, I’ve proposed that we begin to beat back federal government tyranny by way of state resistance.  But when states are run by the very “progressive” forces that are in control of the central government, it seems that those states are willing to either cede our sovereignty to the federal government, or else do its bidding at the state level.

Fine. Then we will barricade ourselves at the county level, through the election of our own Mayor and county council and sheriff.  And while we’re doing so, we will also make an effort to proselytize the sleeping, rote Dem voters by waking them to the fact that there is a movement in local government around the country to create mini-dictatorships, with Mayors and Governors rushing through all sort of bans, be they on weapons, soda sizes, salt, transfat, bake sales, vending machines, and so on.

Here is my proposal, one that I hope becomes a rallying cry:  any state official who pushes for a ban on legal products used or enjoyed by law-abiding private citizens should become the object of protests, demonstrations, and widespread ridicule.  S/he should be targeted in a determined and organized way for political defeat following a populist marginalization of petty tyrannical policies.

Until state and local politicians learn that they don’t get to live one way while passing on whim measures that would force us to live another — that is, to separate themselves from their presumptive subjects — we can’t reasonably expect  national politicians to fear our movement.

So let’s get to work.

(h/t JohnInFirestone)

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update:  via Neo and Pablo, we learn that Olympic is not alone. In fact, NC Gun Blog is keeping a list of those companies that have thus far told NY — and will soon , I hope, tell other states seeking to punish private law-abiding citizens with ostentatious and ineffectual “gun-control” measures that are no more than attacks on liberty and natural rights disguised as “morality” — to go pound sand.

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 8:57am
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Comments (39)

  1. Given said unconstitutionality, it’s also time for a conversation on impeachment and prosecution. If I’m not mistaken these rogue lawmakers are in direct, willful violation of their oaths.

  2. As newrouter posted in the MO gun thread, what do we do about officials who want to ban guns who literally leave public meetings when the opposing side is presented?

    I’m thinking the sales of Cranky Cudgels ™ are going to skyrocket!

  3. Isn’t Bushmaster in New York? The original Bushmaster, not the Remington Bushmaster.

  4. They are still nattering about bills here in MN. Next week the Senate will be taking testimony on a bill that will severely limit private transfers and limit the right of a person to own a gun at all. Being convicted of a misdemeanor will be enough for them to take your guns away, or at least the kinds of guns that scare our betters. This is mild compared to some of the other legislation that is pending. Their plan is to put all of it in one giant right-killing bill and ram it through.

  5. Those who left the meeting were some of the people who supposedly represent my interests, John. I’m so proud.

  6. Their plan is to put all of it in one giant right-killing bill and ram it through.

    It would be supreme irony if in the era of Obama not getting jack on his efforts to destroy the 2nd on the national level, the individual States would hand him the same effect on the local level.

    …if by “same effect” you mean something actually significantly more destructive to the 2nd. If even fifteen States blow this I do fear the Republic’s end is nigh. The anti-constitutional momentum could avalanche rights-termination.

  7. lol freedom

  8. You mock and scorn because you won’t grasp that there is a kind of freedom in slavery, just as there is a kind of slavery to freedom. And so we’d all be better served if we thought in terms of liberty and right order.

  9. Jeff,

    One of Magpul’s biggest suppliers is here in Longmont. If Magpul quits making AR-15 parts, the supplier goes tits up and there go 75 jobs, most of which are low to medium wage jobs.

    So, the state in one brilliant move, loses 200 Magpul jobs, 75 supplier jobs, income tax revenue from the lost jobs, sales tax revenue from the lost sales, real estate taxes on now empty buildings.

    All to “address” a problem their purported solution does nothing to confront.

  10. what do we do about officials who want to ban guns who literally leave public meetings when the opposing side is presented?

    At a meeting, two firearms experts came forward to speak, bringing with them two common Ruger 10/22 rifles that had been cleared by security. The purpose of their presentation was to explain how the gun-control laws currently being proposed would outlaw only a gun’s cosmetic features while not affecting the functionality of the firearms in any measurable way in terms of rate of fire and accuracy.

    Thus confirming that not only is a nice expository counterargument absolutely the incorrect one, but that to the left this has zero to do with gun control.

    Stop meeting them on their terms. Ironically, walking out was the more honest thing to do. For both sides.

  11. So, the state in one brilliant move, loses 200 Magpul jobs, 75 supplier jobs, income tax revenue from the lost jobs, sales tax revenue from the lost sales, real estate taxes on now empty buildings.

    You say that like it’s a bug.

  12. Isn’t Bushmaster in New York? The original Bushmaster, not the Remington Bushmaster.

    The original Bushmaster was in Maine and has been restarted as Windham Weaponry. The current Bushmaster is in NC.

  13. The people who lose jobs can move into that fabulous green technology all the fascists are talking about.

    Forward!

  14. As newrouter posted in the MO gun thread, what do we do about officials who want to ban guns who literally leave public meetings when the opposing side is presented?

    I’m thinking the sales of Cranky Cudgels ™ are going to skyrocket!

    It would be apropos if buttstroking came into vogue.

  15. Thus confirming that not only is a nice expository counterargument absolutely the incorrect one, but that to the left this has zero to do with gun control.

    Curiosity compels me to ask what the correct argument is here.

  16. The people who lose jobs can move into that fabulous green technology all the fascists are talking about.
    Forward!

    Creative Destruction. Or at least half of it.

  17. Larue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Templar Custom and Extreme Firepower have all created policies that exclude New York State government agencies, including law enforcement, from purchasing firearms or firearm accessories not available to NY citizens due to this draconian law.

  18. Mr. ernst if colorado people want to live like neutered serfs that’s their business really

    bless the eunuchy little hearts

  19. *their* eunuchy little hearts sorry I’m scurrying cause of I’m running late plus I have to stop on the way in for a tasty breakfast burrito

    it’s president’s day weekend here in california and I am ever so excited!

  20. Says the eunuch in L.A.,

    bless your avaricious lil’ heart.

  21. York Arms is on board as well:

    Based on the recent legislation in New York, we are prohibited from selling rifles and receivers to residents of New York. We have chosen to extend that prohibition to all governmental agencies associated with or located within New York. As a result we have halted sales of rifles, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, and silencers to New York governmental agencies. For “civilian” customers residing in New York:
    At your choice, we will:

    complete your order and ship to a dealer of your choice outside of NY
    refund your payment in full
    hold your items here for up to 6 months, at no charge – if you are in the process of leaving NY and taking residence in another state.

    For LE/Govt customers in New York:

    Your orders have been cancelled.

    NC Gun Blog is maintaining a list of NY boycotting manufacturers.

  22. Thanks zamoose.

  23. Curiosity compels me to ask what the correct argument is here.

    If the goal of gun control is to control people by destroying their rights in favor of the State, then the argument must not be to explain how the autonomous killing machines called guns operate to ignorant anti-constitutionalists period.

    Should they be met on their level — which is a very questionable strategy — it must ultimately be to demand they exit this entire American political stage to seek their happiness where it won’t destroy yours and mine. Say, Venezuela.

    Reason can be fought with reason. How will you fight the unreasonable? I can’t answer that and so I can’t provide a primer on how to argue with the left. Dennis Prager has been on fire lately about the inherent evil that informs and is leftism. That.

  24. Obama goes to the 2nd is about hunting during the course of a statement that makes no sense even if you accept the idea that gun control reduces violence.

  25. Should they be met on their level — which is a very questionable strategy — it must be to demand they exit this entire American political stage seek their happiness where it won’t destroy yours and mine. Say, Venezuela.

    This is why I can’t decide whether to stay with the better part of valor and leave (hypothetical, of course) buried/sunk arms to lie, or to start flying Di’s MOLON LABE along with a Gadsen Flag, and then put a poster of Charlton Heston in the front window.

  26. I think there’s a lot of spiritual freedom in assuming they are what they appear and at least tacitly claim to be, Ernst. In what purports to be their minds this is some bent “progress” against what succeeds and what respects.

    Leftism is a mental disorder.

    I consider my time limited and I consider how to spend my limited time accordingly. Integrity is all we’ll take with us.

  27. And Olympic Arms, Inc. will now be audited, investigated by the Labor Dept. for OSHA and/or hiring violations, harassed by the EPA about potentially improper disposal of hazardous waste, and on and on….

  28. From Geoff’s linked article:

    During a Google Plus “Fireside Hangout,” Obama was asked why he favored a ban on assault weapons, which account for only a small percentage of gun deaths, as opposed to handguns, which are responsible for the majority.
    “I actually don’t think we should ban handguns,” Obama said. “But keep in mind what we’re trying to do is come up with a package that protects Second Amendment rights but also contributes to reduce violence.”

    Obama said assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are “generally not used for hunting,” and that while banning them won’t “solve every problem,” it “can play a meaningful part” in reducing gun violence.

    What a gracious sovereign!

    Fuck You, Mr. President.

  29. Obama said assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are “generally not used for hunting,” and that while banning them won’t “solve every problem,” it “can play a meaningful part” in reducing gun violence.

    “Assault weapons” aka scary black rifles are used for hunting a hell of a lot more than the handguns that his Chicago peeps are blowing each other away with day in and day out.

  30. By the President’s metric, exterminating inner-city blacks and hispanics “can play a meaningful part” in reducing gun violence. But that’s not to be uttered, because it is an horrific sentiment, determining that one’s right to life can be predicated on a desire to “play a meaningful part” in reducing gun violence.

    Well, I find it no less horrific that MY basic right to life, protected by my natural right to defend myself and my property, can be predicated on so arbitrary a set of pronouncements from people who have no claim over the management of those rights, save to protect them from the claims men may try to make over them.

  31. Moreover:

    “When it comes to assault weapons…my concern is, shoot[ing] off a hundred rounds in less than a minute,” Obama said. “These are weapons of war…so for us to restrict some of those high-capacity magazines…that probably can save some lives.” [emphasis added]

    The right to own those kinds of weapons is the right the Second Amendment explicitly acknowledges, according to the Supreme Court’s all-powerful wizard-like precedents.

  32. The “weapons of war” trope is utter hogwash anyway, as semis were developed for the civilian market and later adopted by the military.

  33. we can’t know when – it could be next week it could be five years from now – but one dark dark night the skeet will come raining down with all their pent-up fury and malice and food stamp’s gonna wish he had him some high-capacity something I bet

  34. I like this part:

    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.

    Like I’ve said before, take the guns away from the police (like the Bobby’s in England!), FBI, Secret Service, and all the rest of the government except for the military when in combat zones, THEN we’ll talk about my guns.

    In other words, you first. Lead by example, mofo.

  35. I don’t believe the police in the UK are unarmed any longer, Lee.

    Of course, I am just going by watching crime dramas on the BBC.

  36. Enfeeble and enervate the law-abiding while emboldening the criminal element, and the next thing you know, Bobby has to pack heat in order to protect himself.

    Go Figure

  37. These are weapons of war…

    on noes baracky’s going after bayonets too

  38. “Buttstroking” is uncomfortable-sounding. I am feeling harassed.

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