Going outlaw: the private sector fights back [updated]
Legislation recently passed in the State of New York 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entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York – henceforth and until such legislation is repealed, and an apology made to the good people of the State of New York and the American people.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.
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.
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.