Manufacturers and dealers go all-in to protect gun rights

MagpulAs the Democratic majority in Colorado moves forward with a bevy of draconian gun control proposals including a ban on normal capacity magazines, at least one Colorado company is taking a stand.

Magpul Industries is a Colorado success story. The company, based in Erie Colorado, employs over 600 people either directly or indirectly and contributed over $85 million to the states economy in 2012.  But that is about to change if the Democrats have their way.

Among other things, Magpul manufactures some of the most popular sporting magazines in the country and their manufacturing would have been banned by the initial version of the bill put forward by Democrats.  Upon learning that the state might lose that most precious of commodities … tax money, the bill was quickly modified to exempt manufacturers.

But that is not good enough for the law-abiding gun owners of Colorado and it is not good enough for Magpul’s chief operating officer Doug Smith.  In testimony before the Colorado House, he noted that if the bill passes, Magpul will be relocating regardless of any exemption they might enjoy.  “If we were able to stay in Colorado and manufacture a product, but law-abiding citizens of the state were unable to purchase the product, customers around the state and the nation would boycott us for remaining here.

Yesterday, as Colorado Democrats spread a rumor that the company is bluffing, Magpul posted this reply to their Facebook page.  “We’re hearing some rumors that the Gov and the Dem caucus think we are bluffing. Just to clarify for them, then…we’re not a political company. We don[‘]t play political games. We’ve made our position very clear, very publicly. We would not survive lying to our customer base, nor would we ever consider it. If you pass this, we will leave, and you will own it. We’ve already got plans in place to get PMAG manufacturing moved rapidly, and the rest of the company will follow. We will make sure to at least have a small remain-behind operation through the 2014 elections so that we can remind folks why we are gone.”

And many of Magpul’s suppliers in Colorado appear willing to follow suit. Alfred Manufacturing in Denver is one such supplier.  They have added over 110 jobs since 2008 as a direct result of their work with Magpul.  CEO Greg Alfred made it clear that “We are in this together.”

And what exactly does that mean?  Alfred has an answer.  “If House Bill 1224 passes, we will relocate part or all of our operations out of state.”  They have already suspended plans for a million dollar expansion project of their Denver facility.  States under consideration are said to be Wyoming and Montana.

But Magpul and Alfred are not the only companies that are tired of seeing their tax dollars go toward destroying the very sport that gives them existence.

LaRue_TacticalLaRue Tactical of Leander Texas has issued a press release announcing a new policy concerning sales to state and local law enforcement agencies.

They will now impose the same limits on law enforcement sales that civilians in the same locality are subject to.

Due to the recent and numerous new Anti-gun/Anti-2nd Amendment laws passed and/or pending across our country, LaRue Tactical has been forced to reconsider how we provide products to state and local agencies.

Effective today, in an effort to see that no legal mistakes are made by LaRue Tactical and/or its employees, we will apply all current State and Local Laws (as applied to civilians) to state and local law enforcement / government agencies. In other words, LaRue Tactical will limit all sales to what law-abiding citizens residing in their districts can purchase or possess.

State and local laws have always been a serious focus of this firm, and we are now dovetailing that focus with the constitutional rights of the residents covered in their different areas by the old and new regulations.

We realize this effort will have an impact on this firm’s sales – and have decided the lost sales are less danger to this firm than potential lawsuits from erroneous shipments generated by something as simple as human error.

Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Mark LaRue”

Olympic_ArmsOlympic Arms of Olympia Washington has instituted the same policy as LaRue Tactical. However, Olympic Arms doesn’t discuss the possibility of ‘legal errors’.  Rather, they get right to the point.

Olympic Arms is a staunch believer in and defender of the Constitution of the United States, and with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights that succinctly enumerates the security of our Divinely given Rights. One of those Rights is that to Keep and Bear Arms.

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 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 enumerate 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.


Brian Schuetz
Olympic Arms, Inc.

Olympic Arms went on to clarify the status of existing New York orders.

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.

Well done Olympic Arms!

EFIExtreme Firepower Inc. of Inwood West Virginia has also enacted a similar policy but goes one step further by refusing to sell anything to law enforcement in California, New York, Illinois and the District of Columbia.

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.

EFI, LLC has registered with the DoJ CFLC program and we will sell any product that we legally can to the public. We will not, under any circumstances, sell any of our products to law-enforcement or state agencies until the California legislature repeals the gun control laws that have been enacted, as these entities have lobbied in favor of statewide gun bans.

EFI, LLC will not sell anything to the following local government agencies until their firearm and/or magazine restrictions have been repealed:

  • City of Chicago, Illinois
  • New York State
  • Washington, DC

Templar_CustomTemplar Custom is located in Apex North Carolina and develops ‘high-quality innovative custom firearms and components.’

Shortly after New York passed their unconstitutional law, Templar issued the following press release:

New York State has recently passed the NY SAFE Act, which prohibits law-abiding New York citizens from purchasing and using many of the most common rifles, handguns, and shotguns in the United States, along with most standard magazines made for these firearms.

The law, rammed through the New York legislature in roughly 30 hours before the legislators themselves or the general public could respond, is a blatant violation of the New York State Constitution.

A plain, common-sense reading of the recent Heller decision also shows that the NY SAFE Act is also a blatant and purposefully affront to the Second Amendment of the United States, and is clearly not a constitutional law.

We cannot legally sell rifles to New Yorkers as private citizens.

We will not sell arms to agents of the state of New York that hold themselves to be “more equal” than their citizens.

As long as the legislators of New York think they have the power to limit the rights of their citizens, in defiance of the Constitution, we at Templar will not sell them firearms to enforce their edicts.

Templar Custom is announcing 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 will no longer be served as customers.

We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. Before the law and before their creator, all people are equal. When the political class attempts to set itself above the people, we at Templar Custom will always side with the people.
We will also be reviewing the laws of the various states to determine if others will be joining New York on our “Do Not Sell” list.

Templar Custom 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.

Bob Reynolds
Templar Custom, Inc.”

York_ArmsYork Arms, located in Buxton Maine, was the next company to react to New York’s attack on the Constitution.

They issued a press release that cut right to the point.

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.

More importantly, they joined Olympic Arms in canceling all existing New York Law Enforcement orders.

Cheaper_Than_DirtCheaper Than Dirt needs no introduction from me.  If you have been a gun owner longer than 15 minutes then you are aware of this giant of the mail order industry.

Cheaper Than Dirt briefly aroused the ire of gun owners by stopping certain online sales in the aftermath of Newtown but quickly saw the error of their ways as their customers let them know just how they felt about such a reaction to anti-gun hysteria.

Therefore, it is good to see Cheaper Than Dirt redeeming themselves by joining in the economic war against states that are effectively seceding from the Bill of Rights.

Their policy statement is short and to the point.

It has been and will continue to be Cheaper Than Dirt’s policy to not to sell prohibited items to government agencies and/or agents in states, counties, cities, and municipalities that have enacted restrictive gun control laws against their citizens. We support and encourage other companies that share in this policy.

BarrettAnd we should not forget the company that, in many ways, started it all.  Ronnie Barrett of Barrett Firearms issued a boycott against sales and service to California law enforcement agencies back in September of 2012 when AB50 was signed into law.

Barrett cannot legally sell any of its products to lawbreakers. Therefore, since California’s passing of AB50, the state is not in compliance with the US Constitution’s 2nd and 14th Amendments, and we will not sell nor service any of our products to any government agency of the State of California.”

Where do we go from here?

So why does all this matter?  Despite the inclusion of a few large suppliers, this relatively small number of manufacturers and dealers cannot really make a difference … can they?

Yes they can!  Do you remember the 2013 Eastern Sports Show in Harrisburg Pennsylvania?  No you do not!  And the reason why is because one of the largest outdoor shows in the country was forced to cancel after nearly every vendor and potential attendee boycotted their decision to ban sporting rifles from the show.

But not all vendors canceled at once. It started with a few dedicated vendors who stood on principal and became a flood as gun owners discovered what was going on.  The same dynamic will apply here if gun owners keep up the pressure.

And we certainly can.  Have you tried to buy a sporting rifle or ammo lately?  If you have any doubt that we have economic power then look no further than the shelves of your local gun store.

The real question is when will the ‘big’ manufacturers get on board?  After all, as Brian Schuetz of Olympic Arms so aptly reminds us, “We must stand together, or we shall surely fall divided.”

In fact, should we as gun owners consider withdrawing our support from gun manufacturers who continue to enable these states?  And what about those that remain in these states?

Think about this:

– Remington continues to operate their largest factory in Ilion New York.

– Beretta USA has their US headquarters in Accokeek, MD.

– Kimber has manufacturing facilities in both Yonkers, New York and Ridgefield, NJ.

Gun owners need to contact all of the major gun manufacturers and let them know that they need to mimic the policies put forth by Magpul, and Barrett, and Olympic Arms … and all of the other manufacturers and dealers who have stood up and said that no amount of government money is worth the destruction of the shooting sports!

And we need to consider no longer supporting those who ignore our request.

We have always had our hearts and minds in the fight.  Now it is time to bring our wallets as well.  This war has gone economic.

UPDATES:  Almost as soon as this article was posted, I began receiving information about other companies that were taking a stand.  Check back often for additional updates as they become available.

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The effort to dehumanize gun owners

Jim_CarreyThe latest tactic being employed against gun owners is to dehumanize them; to portray them as something less than a full-fledged member of society. Some have even called for the deaths of gun owners and advocates.

The most recent bigot to jump on the bandwagon is comedian Jim Carrey who tweeted that “Any[one] who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting.

Let’s look at how many Americans he just insulted. Extrapolating from already released ATF data, the number of new guns purchased since the Newtown tragedy is somewhere around 4 million.  That’s right Jim … 4 million ‘soulless’ American’s who have the audacity to exercise their fundamental rights.

But you go ahead and denigrate them because it will make you popular amongst certain circles. I just hope you weren’t looking for those 4 million people to go see your next dreadful movie. For that matter, the other 100 million plus people who are already gun owners probably won’t go see it either.




However, Carrey isn’t the only one to embrace this tactic.  Fellow comedian Dave Foley tweeted “If your 1st response to the shooting of dozens of children was to rush out in a 2nd amendment frenzy to buy guns, you are a loathsome human.



Liberal commentator Bob Beckel went even further, saying that NRA members are “thugs” and that being a member of the NRA is like “supporting Hitler.”

And then we get to the truly disturbing comments.


Bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates tweeted that the Newtown tragedy was “NRA-sponsored.” She went on to say that politicians who support gun rights are guilty of “Felony homicide.

But wait, there’s more.

She then states that “If sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves, [there] may be hope for legislation of firearms.”  And when questioned about this comment, she assures her followers that “I meant this seriously– not ironically.


Academics are getting in on the calls for violence as well. Erik Loomis who is the  Assistant Professor of American history at the University of Rhode Island tweeted that “[T]he National Rifle Association has murdered some more children.” and “I want Wayne LaPierre’s head on a stick.

He also said that paying your “NRA membership dues [is] contributing to a terrorist organization?

There has even been a video game released by anti-gun advocates which allows players to shoot NRA President David Keene.

I could continue giving example after example but clearly the fact that average American citizens are concerned about the future of liberty and are reacting by buying guns and ammo in record numbers is unsettling those who live in cultural isolation.

And they are reacting the way that bigots have always reacted … by declaring those they despise to be something less than human.  Do those tactics sound familiar?

Who really are the loathsome, soulless ones here?

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Democratic mayors attempt to enact gun control via economic threats

NCDMThe National Conference of Democratic Mayors wants more gun control and they are frustrated that, because of gun owners like you who vote, they cannot achieve it through legislation.

So … they have a backup plan. They are going to use taxpayer dollars, in the form of contracts to supply law enforcement agencies, to threaten manufacturers who do not voluntarily enact their draconian proposals.

And they are not trying to hide their agenda. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who leads the group, proudly announced the details of the plan after the NCDM meeting in January.

“When we were lobbying on Capitol Hill, it became clear that our goal of trying to pass laws that make it easier to make our communities safe was going to be opposed by the gun and ammunition manufacturers. We recognize as mayors, we help fund that, because we are one of the largest purchasers of guns and ammunition in the country.

So at the Democratic mayors meeting last night, we agreed that we would all go back to our communities, gather information from our police chiefs and procurement officers about how many guns and how much ammunition we purchase, bring that in from the Democratic mayors so that we have a common list of how much money we’re spending, what purchases are pending and who we’re buying from. [This data will then be handed over to New York Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-gun group in order for the manufacturers to be rated.]

Then we’re going to do everything we can as mayors to use … the collective buying power of many millions of dollars in guns and ammunition, to support those who will support common-sense laws and oppose those who are fighting us in Congress.”

Let me summarize that for you. These Democratic mayors are going to punish those who exercise their constitutional right to petition the government. And they will use YOUR tax dollars to conduct this attack on the shooting sports industry.

However, this plan might just backfire on the cities these mayors represent. Let’s do a little math. According to the ATF, in 2012 American consumers (not including government purchases) purchased almost 19 MILLION firearms. If we use a conservative average of $500 per transaction, that is 9.5 BILLION dollars worth of sales to consumers. And that number doesn’t even take accessories and ammunition into account.

So if you were the CEO of a company that sells firearms in America and you had the choice to anger those who bought 9.5 BILLION dollars worth of guns or face a possible boycott from those who bought a couple millions dollars worth, which would you choose?

There is precedent. It took years and a change in ownership for Smith & Wesson to recover from the consumer anger that was directed against them when they caved into similar demands by the Clinton Administration.

In fact, manufacturers should consider going all-in and completely refusing to sell to local and state government in those states that enact draconian laws. In this too there is precedent.  When California moved to ban the 50 caliber rifles that Barrett Manufacturing pioneered, company CEO Ronnie Barrett told California’s government agencies to go elsewhere with their business.

“Barrett cannot legally sell any of its products to lawbreakers. Therefore, since California’s passing of AB50, the state is not in compliance with the US Constitution’s 2nd and 14th Amendments, and we will not sell nor service any of our products to any government agency of the State of California.”

If every manufacturer in the country were to band together and do the same it would have an immediate and devastating impact. It’s time the gun industry adopted the tactics of those who would destroy it.

After all, those mayors certainly want the men guarding them and THEIR families to be armed. It is just YOUR family that is disposable.

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In DC anti-gunners appear immune to gun laws

It is becoming increasingly clear that anti-gun advocates, media personalities, and politicians are completely immune to the laws they insist the rest of us must abide by, at least in the District of Columbia.

While average citizens and veterans who have served our nation with distinction see their lives ruined, prosecutors repeatedly turn a blind eye when the person breaking the law is espousing an anti-gun agenda.

It all started with David Gregory. Despite being warned by the Capitol Police that he could not possess a normal-capacity magazine inside the District of Columbia, he did so anyway.

Even though multiple innocent citizens have been prosecuted for similar ‘technical’ violations of the law, the DC Attorney General declined to prosecute Gregory despite the knowing and willful nature of the offense.

David Gregory

“Having carefully reviewed all of the facts and circumstances of this matter, as it does in every case involving firearms-related offenses or any other potential violation of D.C. law within our criminal jurisdiction, OAG has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory, who has no criminal record, or any other NBC employee based on the events associated with the December 23, 2012 broadcast.”

Feinstein_AWBWe next see the double standard when Senator Diane Feinstein appeared in the Capitol with a host of firearms, all of which are illegal to possess under DC’s draconian laws. However, Feinstein reportedly received ‘special permission’ to possess the firearms because they were technically under ‘police custody’.

However, when pro-gun Senators asked police for the same courtesy so that they could display firearms during a hearing, they were unable to be accommodated.

Brock_Media_MattersFollowing on the heels of this hypocrisy, we find the case of David Brock and his bodyguard Haydn Price-Morris. Brock is the founder of rabidly anti-gun media organization Media Matters.

Brock, who has publicly struggled with mental illness, reportedly used Media Matters funds to purchase firearms for Price-Morris who then carried them illegally into DC multiple times.

When the details of the multiple felonies being committed, apparently at Brock’s direction, became known, Price-Morris was discharged and the firearms were disposed of. But despite the extensive evidence collected by the Daily Caller, no prosecution is expected.

Is it any wonder that those who seek to restrict the rights of Americans see their actions as ‘reasonable’? After all, they can break them with impunity whenever they wish.

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Many see racism in Bob Costas’ attack on NFL players’ gun rights

CostasBob Costas has largely remained silent since the uproar over his all-out attack on the Second Amendment last year.

For those not aware of the controversy, following the murder-suicide of Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Costas voiced his support for a complete ban on semi-auto firearms.

At the time, a number of NFL players spoke out in support of gun rights including Chief’s defensive lineman Shaun Smith:


“If you have daughters, you should [have a gun] …. You have to protect yourself. You work so hard to get to where you’re at, I’ll be damned if I’ll just let someone take it from me.”


Chief’s linebacker Brandon Siler joined Smith in his support for gun rights.


“Well, a majority of people own one, especially in the places where they’re legal. Most of the time they’re for self defense or sport.”



But earlier this week, Costas broke his silence when he appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In the video, shown below, he makes several statements that I personally consider extremely racist and condescending.

“We have to acknowledge that guns are glorified in hip hop culture. Some 70% of players in the NFL are African-American, not all of them are influenced by that part of the culture, but some are. Many of these kids come out of environments where it’s commonplace for a 14 or 15-year-old to be packing.

[Football] is brutal, belligerent, and violent,. Isn’t it reasonable to expect that some of them won’t be able to contain that to the field?

So let me get this straight Bob … according to you, African-American kids grow up around guns, grow up to become football players who are brutal and violent, and can’t control themselves from being violent off the field?  Does that about sum up your opinion of the professional athletes whose talent and hard work makes it possible for you to even have your job as a talking-head?

It sounds to me like Bob Costas has a very low opinion of both football players and African-Americans. He seems willing to treat them as second-class citizens where civil rights are concerned and to me … that is the very definition of racism.

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Senator Boxer wants to federally regulate carry permits

Barbara_BoxerWhen defending draconian gun laws in DC, Illinois, and New York, Democrats are quick to point out that states should be free to adapt their laws to their specific needs despite any pesky constitutional amendments or civil rights.

President Obama himself made this argument yesterday when he said that “the reality of guns in urban areas [is] very different from the reality of guns in rural areas.

But apparently they only want states to be able to set their own laws when those laws coincide with their own anti-civil-rights agenda.

California Senator Barbara Boxer has introduced Senate Bill S147 to “establish minimum standards for States that allow the carrying of concealed firearms.” While the complete text of the bill is not yet available, it is reported that the bill would require states with liberalized gun laws to adopt a standard like those in may-issue states.

Amazingly enough, Senator Boxer herself once spoke out strongly in favor of letting states set their own standards as well.  As pointed out by St Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hoffman, in a 2009 Senate hearing, Senator Boxer had this to say about a gun bill protecting gun owner rights:

This debate is not about the right to own a gun. That has been settled by the Supreme Court in the Heller case. It is about allowing States to determine their own laws. And I totally get why some more rural States with fewer people would have different laws on conceal and carry than a State of 38 million people, my home State of California. Leave us alone. Leave us alone. You want to have conceal and carry with very few requirements, fine.

Filled with a bitter irony the elitist attack on gun owners continues …

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Companies taking sides against gun owners

Intuit_Credit_CardsIn the wake of yesterday’s report that democrats are calling for banks to deny services to gun manufacturers comes a report that some credit card processors are no longer willing to process payments for gun dealers.

Tennessee’s NewsChannel 5 reports that Intuit Payment Solutions has started sending cancellation notices to those who sell firearms, ammunition, gun parts and accessories.  According to the report, the letter contains the following comment, “Intuit does not support the services you are providing.

Remember this when it comes time to select your tax preparation software this year. Make sure to let Intuit know that you do not support the services they are providing!

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Democrats attack gun manufacturers access to banking

Gun_Control_TrioVice-President Biden sent an email to supporters today in which he touted the Obama Administration’s efforts to pass gun control.

In the email, Biden continued to pander to gun-owning Democrats by promising that “Every step we intend to take will preserve the tradition of responsible gun ownership in our country and uphold the Second Amendment.

Having read that, Democrat gun owners should rest assured that their precious hunting rifles are safe … right? After all, it is only those black, scary rifles that Democrats want to ban … isn’t it?

Well … while Vice-President Biden is doing his best to divide and conquer gun owners, former Obama Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel is trying to have banks drop gun manufacturers as customers unless the gun manufacturers agree to support the Administration’s gun control policies. If successful, such a maneuver would be a death knell for those manufacturers who refuse to become puppets of the government.

Now we need you and other commercial banks to join this fight for safer streets. Collectively we can send a clear and unambiguous message to the entire gun industry that investors will no longer financially support companies that profit from gun violence.

I have to ask those gun owners who continue to vote for Democrats … if the gun manufacturers go out of business, who will make your precious hunting rifles?

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Obama Administration declares war on gun owners


Today on Meet the Press, President Obama told accused criminal David Gregory that, during his second term, he would put his “full weight” behind a gun control agenda.

He went on to mock the suggestion put forward by the NRA, state officials, and numerous law enforcement agencies that armed officers be placed in all schools.

This comment is particularly hypocritical because his own children (and those of Meet the Press host David Gregory) attend Sidwell Friends which has 11 armed security guards on staff in addition to the secret service detail they enjoy.

However, this kind of double-standard should come as no surprise to those who have been paying attention. Gregory himself remains under investigation for a televised violation of DC’s strict-liability magazine ban. And yet, no arrest has been made, nor will one. Why? Because he is a liberal Democrat who committed the crime in furtherance of the liberal agenda. They are immune to the laws which they want so desperately to enforce against the ‘great unwashed masses.’

You can watch the entire appearance below if you have the stomach for it.

In the meantime, Vice-President Joe Biden is in charge of the gun-control panel established by President Obama to draft a legislative response to the madman’s attack in Connecticut. Amazingly enough however, the panel is not drafting legislation strengthening our nations failing mental health programs but rather is focusing its efforts on drafting a new ‘assault weapons’ ban.

Biden, who drafted the first ‘assault weapons’ ban, has long bemoaned the fact that his first effort didn’t go far enough and is reportedly excited about making this legislation much more extensive. A bill put forward last week by Senator Diane Feinstein is a good indicator of what we might expect to see from the administration.

Her bill:

  • Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
    • 120 specifically-named firearms;
    • Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and
    • Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.
  • Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
    • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test;
    • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test; and
    • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans.
  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
  • Gives lip-service to protecting hunters by:
    • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment (see below);
    • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes; and
    • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons.
  • Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
    • Background check of owner and any transferee;
    • Type and serial number of the firearm;
    • Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
    • Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
    • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration.

In short, they are coming for your guns!

The great irony of this situation is that, during the 2012 election, the NRA predicted that President Obama was “coming for our guns” during his second term if re-elected. They based that assertion on a 2011 White House meeting between President Obama, Sarah and Jim Brady, and Paul Helmke.

In a subsequent interview with the Washington Post, Sarah Brady quoted Obama as saying that “We are working on (gun control), but under the radar.” The reaction to this by American gun owners, including those in the Democrat party, was swift and the Brady campaign quickly went into damage-control mode.

Helmke went first, downplaying the issue and telling the press that President Obama had made no specific promises to go after guns. Sarah Brady herself, properly chastised behind closed doors one would assume, went next saying that “What ever I might have said or agreed to was purely speculative as I never spoke to the president myself about this issue.

Based upon Brady’s retraction, PolitiFact rated the NRA’s assertion as a ‘Pants-on-Fire‘ mischaracterization.

Apparently the NRA was right once again. They are coming for your guns, and those of you who voted for President Obama made that possible.

Do not make that mistake again! When push comes to shove, there apparently are no pro-gun Democrats.

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The latest claim is that Gregory got bad advice from ATF

ATF_Bad_InfoNBC continues to remain silent over the on-air crime committed by David Gregory last Sunday during Meet The Press when he was clearly in possession of a ‘high-capacity magazine’ in violation of D.C. Official Code § 7-2506.01.

This code section makes it a crime to simply possess a ‘high-capacity magazine’ regardless of whether it is attached to a firearm and makes no exception that would apply to Gregory’s on-air display.

Furthermore, this is a strict-liability offense which does not require any intent on the part of the person being charged. Claims of lack of evil intent, lack of knowledge, or ‘misunderstanding’ have no bearing on guilt in a strict liability case.

If you possess it … you are guilty. And Gregory very clearly possessed it.  Maybe that is why NBC is being so quite.

But other are talking …

The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has stated that “NBC contacted MPD inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their segment. NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and their request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated.

And today, we found out where NBC went next.  Based upon comments made to ABC News by an un-named ATF official, NBC went to the feds when the MPD didn’t give them the answer they were looking for.

The ATF reportedly told NBC that they did not enforce DC’s gun laws but did agree to ask un-named DC officers who occasionally “worked with the agency.” According to the ATF, it was these un-named officers who said it would be acceptable for Gregory to ‘display’ the device so long as it was empty.

ATF apparently relayed the message back to NBC.  Finally hearing an answer they liked, NBC apparently gave Gregory a green light and he became a criminal in front of the audience of Meet The Press by violating one of the very laws he has so stridently advocated.

The ATF official told ABC News that this was simply a “misunderstanding” and went on to say that he “hopes DC police will not bring charges.

However, as I noted in my previous article, DC is not known for being merciful when ordinary citizens have “misunderstandings” so to suddenly begin doing so in Gregory’s case will only validate the belief that progressive elites are exempt from the laws they wish to impose on the rest of us.

MPD must arrest and prosecute David Gregory if they are to remain credible as a law enforcement agency.

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