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A Modest Proposal

When the city of Los Angeles passed laws that made civilian possession of .50 caliber rifles illegal and began pushing for both statewide and nationwide bans on them, Ronnie Barrett took the bull by the horns:

I will not sell, nor service, my rifles to those seeking to infringe upon the Constitution and the crystal clear rights it affords individuals to own firearms.

As far as I know, Barrett hasn’t sold a rifle to LAPD since.

Today, the state of New York decided to severely curtail the free expression of its citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms, which are protected by the 2nd Amendment.  The new law forbids magazines that hold more than seven cartridges, widens the category of guns that are considered “assault weapons”, and imposes draconian penalties for those who fall afoul of the new law.  Apparently, the law was pushed through the legislature without a lot of debate and no public comment.

In response, I have a suggestion:  The firearms industry should stop doing business of any kind with the state of New York.  Gunmakers such as Remington, Smith and Wesson, Glock, and Colt should refuse to sell new guns, magazines, and other accessories to police agencies there.  Gunsmithing and accessory dealers such as Brownells and Midway USA should refuse to fill orders.  Ammunition dealers, both in New York and in other states, should refuse to provide duty and practice ammunition.  Those companies that do business in New York should consider relocating, and if that is not possible, they should either put off any expansion of their business or do it in another state.

How long will the firearms industry continue to do business with those who point at them and screech that they and their law-abiding customers are the problem?  How long will they allow their tax dollars to be used to twist a blade in the ribs of their business and the rights of their customers?

I’m not calling for a boycott.  New York is a beautiful state, and it has much to offer for those who wish to visit, and I will not call for the punishment of the people of New York because their elected representatives pass anti-rights legislation in the middle of the night.

It’s not a boycott, it’s going Galt.  Or rather, it’s “going Barrett”.

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3 Comments

  1. That’s fine proposal. If only one of them would follow through on it, that would be awesome. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening for simple economic reasons. Barrett could get away with it because California was a relatively small percentage of his business. Not selling to NYPD might be more of a problem to a Glock or a Winchester Ammunition type company.

  2. Lazy Bike Commuter

     /  January 16, 2013

    I’ve been thinking the same thing. I think they would definitely make the sales up elsewhere, especially ammunition–they have been running shortages for years.

  3. Interesting thought, but some money grubbing assholes would circumvent it…

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