ArmaLite Will Continue to Sell Rifles to Law Enforcement Officers in States That Ban Them for Citizens
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ArmaLite caused a bit of a stir the other day when one of their employees responded to an email from one of many concerned gun owners who wrote the gun company asking them to completely stop sales to states who deny their citizens the right to own their rifles. This mainly applies to law enforcement. For instance both LaRue Tactical and Olympic Arms have said they will no longer sell their rifles to law enforcement in the states where private citizens cannot own them.
The email from ArmaLite to the concerned gun owner is as follows (from AR15.com):
Dear concerned gun owner,
First of all I would like to say thank you for filling my email with all this spam email.
Second, I am not sure where you got this blanket email from to send out as spam, but please stop it.
Third, The manufacture is not the one you need to convince.
You need to convince the law enforcement agencies and the common people about their mistake in electing these officials and have them removed. Again NOT the manufacture.
AR Stands for ArmaLite…
Master Armorer / Sales Rep.
P.O. Box 299
Geneseo, IL. 61254
As you can imagine, once this email got posts to the various gun forums, it caused quite the uproar.
Well, now ArmaLite has formally responded in a post from their account on AR15.com.
The excerpts to the response is as follows (View the full at AR15.com):
I think a bit of clarification is in order.
My purpose here is to pass on his apology from the corporate level and to answer the initial question: What is ArmaLite going to do?
1. We will not sell to those states which deny it’s honorable citizens the right to own ArmaLite’s.
2. We do not halt sales to individual officers even in problematic states… We are well familiar with the fact that most rifles serving Police Officers are purchased by the officers themselves, and that they shouldn’t be punished for the actions of their political elite.
We consider sales to those sate subdivisions which are not engaged or potentially engaged with disarming its citizens. DNR and Forestry Departments, for instance, sometimes serve in remote areas that conceal drug farms and their officers deserve good hardware.
3. We will not sell to those lower political subdivisions that deny their honorable citizens the right to own ArmaLite’s. Chicago, for instance, prohibits its citizens from owning ArmaLite’s within the city limits so we make no effort to sell into that city. We have many friends on the Chicago Police Department and have continued to sell to them individually.
In short, Americans need not worry that ArmaLite is selling to those who betray them.
So, basically ArmaLite says they don’t sell to enemies of the Second Amendment, but will still sell to individual law enforcement officers in states where normal citizens cannot own the same rifles. ArmaLite has no way of knowing if those individual officers support the Second Amendment or not.
I also haven’t heard of any of these police officers refusing to enforce unconstitutional gun laws. If every police officer and department in the US went on strike until unconstitutional gun laws were repealed it would send a huge message.
So basically, it sounds like ArmaLite is trying to have their cake and eat it too. They are saying they support the Second Amendment and will not sell rifles to enemies of the Second Amendment, but will still sell rifles to privileged individuals in states where private citizens cannot own them.