BREAKING: Rifle Maker in Maryland Will Start Selling Armatix “Smart Gun” – Could Trigger NJ Gun Ban

May 1 2014
by GSL Staff
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Engage Armament, a Maryland gun dealer and custom rifle shop that displays a large graphic of an AR15 with the wording, “Precision Built Custom Rifles” on their homepage, will be the only gun shop in America selling the new Armatix iP1 Smart Gun.

If you might remember, Oak Tree Gun Club in California was going to be the first vendor to carry the gun until the backlash from the gun community almost closed their doors and forced them to pull their support of the pistol. The shop even scrubbed any evidence that they ever had any dealings with Armatix.

According to a Washington Post report, the decision by the shop’s owner to carry the pistol was a combination of the fact that Maryland’s latest gun laws have essentially already put his shop out of business and that he feels that any gun, even restrictive guns, have a right to be sold,

“If the same reaction happens here [that happened to Oak Tree Gun Club], we’ll be out of business,” Raymond said in an interview.

He’s willing to risk that because Maryland, with its strict gun-control laws, “has already essentially put us out of business.” He also believes that firearms like Armatix’s will expand the market to people who want an ultra-safe gun.

Raymond said he’s on the “right-wing vanguard of gun rights” but is vehemently opposed to gun rights activists arguing against the idea of a smart gun — or any gun.

“To me that is so fricking hypocritical,” Raymond said. “That’s the antithesis of everything that we pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment people should be. You are not supposed to say a gun should be prohibited. Then you are being no different than the anti-gun people who say an AR-15 should be prohibited.”

However, maybe the most interesting issue at note here has nothing to do with Maryland at all.

A bill was signed into law in New Jersey in 2002 that says,

It is within the public interest, and vital to the safety of our families and children, for New Jersey to take the bold and innovative step of fostering the development of personalized handguns by firearms manufacturers. To accomplish this objective, the Legislature determines that it should enact legislation designed to further enhance firearms safety by requiring that, within a specified period of time after the date on which these new personalized handguns are deemed to be available for retail sales purposes, no other type of handgun shall be sold or offered for sale by any registered or licensed firearms dealer in this State.

Basically, as soon as a viable smart gun is for sale anywhere in the country, New Jersey will only allow smart guns to be sold in the state within three years from the start of the sale of smart guns.

Of course, the smart gun requirement does not apply to police officers or state agencies. Go figure.

Sounds like bad news for the Garden State.

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