LaRue Tactical steps up
I was very impressed with the response by the gunnie community to Reed Exhibitions’ bigotry at the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show. Vendors of all sizes, including some small vendors who’s products had nothing to do with black rifles, put their money where their mouths were and pulled out of the show. Now is seems LaRue Tactical has taken a page from the Ronnie Barret playbook, and has said that they will be applying the same rules to law enforcement agencies as apply to citizens in their state. From their Facebook page:
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.
First, major, major kudos to Mark LaRue and the folks at LaRue Tactical. Well done, and thank you for your support. Second, Grass Roots NC is asking SIG, Glock, and Smith and Wesson to do do the same. Their alert is below:
Do other manufacturers support the Second Amendment only when it’s profitable to do so?
The Second Amendment has always had fair-weather friends. LaRue Tactical, manufacturers of firearms and firearm accessories, is one company that will never be accused of being our fair-weather friend. When New York State passed its unconstitutional anti-gun law, LaRue swung into action. In a move reminiscent of Barrett Firearms’ banning of all sales to California law enforcement (http://www.thegunzone.com/rkba/rkba-50.html) after California banned .50BMG rifles, LaRue has stated that it will not sell anything to local law enforcement that it can’t sell to you and me.
In a news release dated 2-8-13, LaRue states:
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. (http://www.facebook.com/LaRueAccuracy#!/LaRueAccuracy/posts/529849683721877)
Lest you think that LaRue, more famous for accessories than anything else, is making an empty statement, take a look at the AR style rifles they manufacture (http://www.laruetactical.com/rifles). New York banned them for sale to citizens, so LaRue won’t sell them to the NYPD either. Will other firearm manufacturers have the guts to stand up like LaRue and Barrett do?
The NYPD allows officers to select one of three firearms for duty carry: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_Police_Department#Firearms):
• SIG P226 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIG_P226)
• Smith & Wesson 5946 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_5906)
• Glock 19 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glock_19#9.C3.9719mm_Parabellum).
All of these pistols are equipped with a greater than 7-round magazine, making them illegal for sale to law-abiding New York residents.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
• Send the following letter to SIG, Smith & Wesson, and Glock and ask them to follow LaRue Tactical’s lead. Tell them to adopt the same rule: If it can’t be sold to citizens, it won’t be sold to State and local government.
• Go to LaRue Tactical’s Facebook page and thank them for standing up for your Second Amendment rights: http://www.facebook.com/LaRueAccuracy#!/LaRueAccuracy/posts/529849683721877
Cut and paste email list: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, LE.email@example.com
Deliver This Message
Suggested Subject: If it’s illegal for us, don’t sell it to police!
Dear Law Enforcement Sales Manager,
Recently New York rushed an ill-advised and unconstitutional law infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Other states are poised to write similar laws. I urge you to follow the lead of LaRue Tactical which has adopted this policy: If it can’t be sold to law-abiding citizens, it won’t be sold to state and local police agencies either.
There are 800,000 sworn police officers in the entire United States. The FBI reports a total of 2,495,440 NICS checks, and thus firearms sales, in January alone. Police sales are not your major business. It’s time for firearm manufacturers to send a clear message that you will not participate in the slow erosion of our Second Amendment rights.
(NICS numbers Source http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/reports/20130205_1998_2013_monthly_yearly_totals.pdf)
A Concerned Gun Owner
Take some time to send an email, and let them know that you support this.