So Chris Over at Arma Borealis had an interesting exchange with Armalite. Go read the whole thing, but I’ll toss in some excepts.
ArmaLite is continuing a policy put into place when California first banned our rifles. That policy remains:
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. I am a former Police Officer myself, and the staffer who stimulated the recent anger is a currently serving one. 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.
Our observation is that most County Sheriffs disagree with banning sales of our rifles and many publicly refuse to enforce such laws. We sell to those departments and to their Deputies, but will not sell to those County departments headed by Sheriffs who would deny their citizens the same rights.
In short, Americans need not worry that ArmaLite is selling to those who betray them.
Now on one hand, it appears that Armalite is caving to the gun banners, they’ll still sell stuff to LEOs that can’t be owned by non-badged citizens. (Sorry, my life is just as precious as a cop’s!)
On the other hand they RESPONDED! And Responded in a twisty sort of way that makes them look like they support the boycott. So on one hand its a company acting shitty, on the other, it shows that the New York boycott is getting so much press that gun companies are having a hard to ignoring it.
I think overall this is signs that we’re winning!
Still the results are mixed, what do you all think?