Mayors Against Illegal Guns Threaten Gun Buy Boycott Over Gun Control

"Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, center, speaks Jan. 10, 2013 during a Regional Gun Summit at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel. Rybak on Wednesday said he wants to know if the companies that manufacture the guns and ammunition for the city's police officers also are lobbying against tighter gun laws." (MPR Photo/Jennifer Simonson)

“If we find out they’re not partners, and if we find out they’re working against us, then we all ought to have a conversation as taxpayers about whether our dollars should be used for people who are not working to reduce gun violence.” That’s the threat issued by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak (above) against gun and ammo makers who don’t tow the line laid down by The Mayors Against Illegal Guns. minnesota.publicradio.org reports that “Rybak told members of the City Council’s Public Safety and Civil Rights Committee that he and mayors from approximately 60 cities are taking a closer look at the companies that manufacture the guns and ammunition that cities buy for police officers . . .

He said over the past eight years the city has spent nearly $800,000 on guns and ammunition. Rybak, who supports stricter gun control laws, wants to work with firearms manufacturers to reduce gun-related crime and violence. He wants to know if those companies also are lobbying against tighter gun laws . . .

Rybak did not propose specific changes to city laws or purchasing rules, but said any changes would have to be examined by the city attorney. There are city ordinances and state laws which regulate procurement of goods and services, according to City Attorney Susan Segal.

“The city can always set reasonable specifications for purchases that it’s making,” Segal said. “The question is what is included in those specifications.”

So this is how they do it, eh? Manipulate the levers of power to undermine the Constitution that they’re sworn to protect? Thugs. And it looks like the Gun-Grabber-in-Chief may be on board, as well.

Rybak said he mentioned this approach to President Barack Obama during a recent visit to Washington, DC. He said Obama and his staff were delighted by the idea.

Obama plans to speak in Minneapolis on Monday to promote his plan to reduce gun violence.

He wouldn’t dare, would he? Meanwhile, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) says Ryback’s threat looks awfully familiar . . .

This is a re-hash of the Clinton Administration threat, spearheaded by then-HUD Secretary and now governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, to do the same with federal agencies. Despite a successful court action by NSSF to counter the threat at the time, the idea was kicked up again in 2010 by disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who suggested that gun makers must cease and desist the sale of ALL semi-automatic firearms to escape this punishment.

The battle to defend and extend Americans’ Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms continues.

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123 Responses to Mayors Against Illegal Guns Threaten Gun Buy Boycott Over Gun Control

  1. avatarC. Walther says:

    Joke’s on them. All of the Texas agencies I’ve seen make the cops buy their own!

  2. avatarJoe Grine says:

    Tiger by the tail? Who has control over who? If the gun / ammo manufacturers refuse to sell to cities whose mayors are members of MAIG, etc., then it seems that they could create a big problem for these cities.

    • avatarDale H. says:

      Thank you! I wish the NSSF would organize the manufactures and stop sales to cities and states that don’t support the 2nd. Then lets see what they have to say when their personal security detail runs out of ammo,parts and service.

      • avatarJoke & Dagger says:

        Easy to say when it’s not your money coming out of the gun manufacturer’s pockets.

        • avatarKeithF says:

          Only 60 cities? Many officers purchase their own equipment? I think the manufacturers can find the sales with other departments and the civilian market.

          However if manufacturers refuse to sell to a department that wants to buy based on anti-2A city policy… then the city is SOL. The stink of it is officers who want to do their jobs would then be neutered by their city’s policy… but they could still buy privately (Poor NYS cops with 7 rounds, better than nothing though).

          Most officer’s I know have or plan to switch to personally owned firearms just for the simple fact they choose it to fit them and they have greater control, care, and confidence in and over them.

    • avatarWild Bill,nc says:

      If the Banks can refuse business of Gun dealer and manufactures , then why can’t the distributors dictate who gets guns and ammo? Fireworks are already regulated this way, and most can’t ship anything worth while to California,,,,so now we discriminate for safty of our children, lets see them find fault with that…

    • avatarBlaine Holzer says:

      Rybak is an IDIOT. It’s very clear that they need the gun makers MUCH MORE than the gun makers need them. Most of the US gun makers are privately held. And, Ruger and S&W might as well be – they are so successful. They have a bunch of sources for capital. Do the cities have as many sources for arms, ammo and parts? I don’t think so. I’d LOVE to see this turn around and BITE them. It couldn’t happen to nicer people! They are so used to throwing their weight around they forget when they are out of their league.

    • avatarAJ says:

      What an idiot. IT would not take long for the various arms and ammo manufacturers to reciprocate. And the brief drop in sales tothe LEO market would be more than made up for by sales to non-LEO purchasers. Maybe this guy missed the memo about cutting off the nose to spite the face, or killing the golden goose.

  3. avatarBrandon says:

    Good, let them do it, more ammo for the rest of us. Then we boycott the companies that play along and see which ones go under first. I think the People of the Gun will keep arms manufactures in business better than government. Then we can watch these traitors fall into their own trap as their supply of arms and ammo dries up.

    • avatarSoccerchainsaw says:

      +1
      The gun industry needs to remember the example of the tobacco industry. They can work together and fight this or they can fight it separately and lose big. Not that I’m a big tobacco fan but I thought that when Florida bought the first suit against the tobacco companies, those companies should have banded together and stopped shipping all tobacco products to FL. This would have sent a message to the other states as well. How long would it have taken for the politicians to cave amidst the howls of the smokers with nicoteen withdrawal? In this case, the gun industry should stop shipping products to State and Local agencies until the PoPo start exerting pressure on the politicians to stop with the nonsense. No guns, no gun parts, no ammo, no assessories, no billy clubs. Time for hardball.

  4. avatarMichael B. says:

    They can all go to hell. I will boycott any gun or ammo manufacturer that goes along with this ****. I will reward any that defies them as best I can.

  5. avatarBill Josten says:

    Sure he would. And as someone who lives by Minneapolis, this idea terrifies me. Especially given the recent trend back toward the “Murderapolis” of yesteryear. Instead of Rybak threatening to boycott gun manufacturers who lobby against “common sense gun control” (read: victim disarmament), which should be pretty much all of them, he should be trying to ensure his officer’s have every tool in their arsenal they need to protect themselves and the public.

    You want my .02? It’s the manufacturers who should be refusing to do business with MAIG mayors who want to destroy their livelihood.

    • avatarROger.45 says:

      +1

      So, if they won’t buy from American suppliers who will they purchase from Red China? Russia? Venezuela? Cuba?

      Eventually they will need ammunition and their firearms will need up-grades or replacement.

      I can see it now, ” MAIG city’s police forces using AK-47′s”… just like the rest of the Communist countries.

    • avatarBlake says:

      Federal has a huge ammunition factory in Anoka, MN. According to Wiki (grain of salt) the plant employees 1500 people. Probably also explains why ammunition is still available in Minneapolis and surrounding areas.

      For the uninformed, Anoka is a suburb of Minneapolis. (although, on 20 below night, suburb is probably a little generous)

      Rybak is an idiot.

  6. avatarScott D. says:

    Please stop selling ammunition to municipalities. Then maybe I could have a chance to buy some.

  7. avatarBenjo says:

    800 grand over 8 years? Even a small gun shop has sold that much or more inventory in the past year.
    I hate to tell this doofus but he is chump change compared to the private sector.

    • avatarGC says:

      Not to mention that joe schmo pay’s full price while LEO contracts are typically heavily discounted. So, $800,000 in a LEO contract is probably $1.2 mil in civilian sales.

      • avatarAlphaGeek says:

        $1.2M? Very likely it’s more. Have you SEEN the discounts SIG Sauer gives Mil/LE buyers versus what we serfs pay at the gun store?

        Then again, I don’t think Glock gives LE buyers a >50% discount, so there’s that.

        • avatarMark N. says:

          Glock gained its dominant market position by heavily discounting its LE sales, before anyone else did. It worked.

  8. avatarBlehtastic says:

    If firearms companies acted morally, they wouldn’t sell any guns to a government agency that a citizen living under that government could not buy, but capitalism is amoral.

    • avatarKevinBensema says:

      Actually, capitalism is morally neutral. It’s not strictly a way to maximize money-wages, but a system in which everyone seeks to satisfy their ends. In a ‘capitalist’ society, those who have the moral end of equal access to firearms will refuse to sell to the government. Those who have the end of making money and the belief that angering private buyers will get them less money will not sell to these governments. Free enterprise allows to to act morally – or not – as you will.

      • avatarFrank says:

        ‘Amoral’ doesn’t mean what you think it means.

      • avatarJake says:

        If you live in the US and are under 100 years of age you have never seen institutionalized capitalism. Never. You may have traded baseball cards here and there as a kid, or maybe made someone a a dining room table in exchange for 60 feet of copper pipe and a half pig, but personal capitalist interactions are the exception to the corporatist rule. And corporatism is corporate fascism, not capitalism. Massively overpowered corporations as they exist at the behest of government today would not be capable of existing under a capitalist system. They would collapse under their own dead weight as the government has been to “prevent” by running this country into the ground so the donors and friends of politicians can keep their bonuses.

    • avatarBadger 8-3 says:

      Err, capitalism is immoral like my carry piece makes me want to do evil things. Capitalism just is. It requires a moral, or at least principled, people to produce the best results.

      Can you suggest a better alternative that is impervious to corruption, greed, and abuse?

  9. avatarjwm says:

    Ok, you own gun company A. You might lose the 800,000 over eight year that the city gives you for goods and services. But how many millions of dollars from pissed off gun owners are you going to lose for knuckling under to the grabber mayors?

    All gun and ammo companies, look what’s happening to CTD for just price gouging and caving on EBR’s. Do you want that in your future?

    Let the cities that support this anti business arm twisting make their own guns and ammo. See how long they last without resupply.

    • avatarMike in NC says:

      Let’s hope that manufacturers remember the Clinton era example of then British held S&W. I think there would be more swift and pronounced reaction today considering the changes in the internet over the years.

      • Exactly. The financial damage these companies would suffer at the hands of Joe and Jane Gunowner if they cooperate with civilian disarmament proposals is orders of magnitude worse than anything these cities can inflict on them. Just ask Smith & Wesson’s former owners.

    • avatarCR Cobb says:

      I couldn’t have written it better. Where’s the LIKE button?

  10. avatarMr aNINNYmouse says:

    This is blackmail, pure and simple.

    And it’s being used to disarm civilians and arm these nutjobs.

    • avatarrangered says:

      The Progressive/Liberal agenda is based on what they believe is best for you…not necessarily for themselves, but for you-the masses.

      They can not win approval for their programs by the ballot box.

      For years they have depended on activist judges who do not interpret the law in relation to what the Constitution allows but rather, what the judges “feel” the law should be.

      Even that has not worked, or at least not worked fast enough, so now they bludgeon corporations who manufacture and sell legal products with tactics that has filled our jails when the Mafia tries them.

      Since they can not win in the court of popular approval for their ideas, they resort to thug tactics to disarm the masses….while keeping their own protective details and their own weapons.

  11. avatarMoonshine says:

    Rybak can eat it. We already refuse to sell to New York, including LEO purchases. We can add Minneapolis to the list quite easily.

    • avatarMichael B. says:

      Hear, hear. What can I do to help?

      • avatarMoonshine says:

        If you live in MN, contact your state senator and congress critter and let them know that this sort of legislative bullying is completely unacceptable. Consider attending the committee hearings next week if you can. If you live elsewhere, make your critters aware that this sort of jackassery is not acceptable in your state.

        • avatarcrm114 says:

          I don’t know how much state senators can help, but we Minneapolitans can be sure to tell Rybak where to go when he announces his next candidacy (he’s a lame duck by choice right now). Fortunately, the next mayoral election will be ranked choice, so maybe we can get a more mainstream candidate elected.

  12. avatarmountocean says:

    I hope they try it. I’m sure HK would be happy.

  13. avatarstormchaser says:

    Do we believe we can count on the manufacturers to stop sales to these departments?

    So far we have heard nothing but crickets in relation to the state of New York.

    • avatarMoonshine says:

      Here’s a louder cricket: I work for a firearms manufacturer, and we refuse to sell or ship to New York, period.

      • avatarAlphaGeek says:

        If you don’t mind sharing, how long has the policy been in place, and what was the pivotal event that caused it to be created?

        • avatarMoonshine says:

          Since the day NY rammed through their latest gun control legislation. I just answered both questions.

      • avatarNew York Stagehand says:

        I don’t know who you work for but tell them THANK YOU! When we are free or I move, I will buy their products. For now shut them down COLD!!! I say that from inside the boycott!

        • avatarMoonshine says:

          I wish I could say who I work for, but I am not an authorized source. Think central MN, though.

      • avatarrightontheleftcoast says:

        tell your marketing people this is one loyal customer who will be buying more from you as a result. it would be nice to hear something strongly worded in responce to that nitwit ryback next door but coming from the midwest myself sometimes its best to say nothing if you cant say something good about someone…

  14. avatarGabriel says:

    How does any of this stop the next Lanza/Holmes/Loughner/Cho? That’s right, it doesn’t. Which isn’t the point with these people anyway.

  15. avatarGC says:

    If I were a gun or ammo manufacturer, I would simply refuse to sell to the MAIG city’s. Of course, I would also revoke the distributor rights of any distributor caught selling to those cities as well. Finally, any other city caught as a middle man for a MAIG city would be black listed as well.

  16. avatarRKBA says:

    Even closer to Civil War 2.0

    Keep it up……

  17. avatarBilly Wardlaw says:

    Problem is he can’t prove anything he is doing reduces gun violence, so its a setup-to-fail scenario.

    I say the ammo companies should play hardball, as the market demand is on their side.

    • avatarMichael B. says:

      This is not about reducing violence, Bill. This about control. This is about disarming the opposition so they can try to destroy them. These cretins will stop at nothing.

    • avatarJoshinGA says:

      “I say the ammo companies should play hardball, as the market demand is on their side.” You could say that. Ive been actively trying to hunt down ammo for the past month and a half. Almost nothing to be had in any handgun caliber, zero .223, and zero 22lr. I think consumer demand right now is enough to keep them occupied for the rest of the year at the minimum.

  18. avatarCasey T says:

    So this genius is advocating for business to work against their self interest and is advocating for potentially violating procurement laws. This guy is asking for trouble. Thanks for showing you are the scum you are.

  19. avatarTim says:

    I guess no one told them that police sales are a trivial part of most gun companies revenue. Not to mention police departments with their limited budgets try to nickle and dime manufacturers thereby reducing the profit margin. Gun companies make FAR more money selling their wares to individuals.

    I suspect most, if not all, gun companies will tell these 60 moronic mayors to go pound sand.

    • avatarMichael B. says:

      I can’t wait to see what they think. By the way: love your videos!

    • avatarSIGCDR says:

      Based on market segment info published by IBISWorld which is the world’s largest independent publisher of U.S. industry research and covers 700 different market segments. it would appear that Small Arms and Small Arms ammunition is about a $6.2B market when military only weapons and ammunition is netted out of the $11.7B total market that small arms is included in.

      The breakout by customer segment is 60% citizens, 25% LEO, 15% military. Since only the military buys military only weapons and ammo that means that the preponderance of small arms and ammo is bought by citizens with a ratio of exceeding 4 to 1. The balance between ammo and arms is roughly 50-50.

      Graphs and info appear here in Dec 2012 Washpo article.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/19/seven-facts-about-the-u-s-gun-industry/

      Secondly the largest gun manufacturers and ammo manufacturers are not aligned in such a way as to make the Scumberg mayoral threats very credible. The largest gun manufacturers in the industry are Ruger, S&W, and Freedom Arms. With only Freedom Arms providing ammunition. While ammo manufacturing is concentrated in a few companies anyone of which caved would automatically stand to lose far more than they gain from a few corrupt big city LE agencies. How many rounds do NYC cops shoot during training with anyway based on their performance at the Empire State Building shooting.

      As for gun manufacturers Ruger sells very few firearms to LE and S&W trails Glock by a long shot with their margins probably being highest on revolvers that are not bought by LE. Freedom Arms probably still sells way more shotguns and long arms to citizens than LE. Premium manufacturers like Sig who sell to both LE and citizens probably have more to lose if they PO America’s gun owners and risk not being able to sell a large inventory of MSRP $2500 P210s to the SIG addicted (guilty as charged).

      The small arms companies likely to knuckle under would be those highly dependent on government business in the US like Colt (overpriced), H&K (they hate you anyway), Glock (60% of LE own Glocks), Beretta-Benelli (M9 & M4), FNH USA (too bad about Browning and Winchester if they fold). Also the last time I checked none of these government tit suckers sell much if any of their products through the US’s largest gun seller Walmart. I think anyone of the above would cave except they risk so much to sell so little to MAIG agencies. For instance Sig would probably love to eat H&K’s (because you suck and they hate you) lunch with their next gen SMG with a large agency like the Texas DPS or other Red State agency.

      Also there are still lots of Red States and cities that will have nothing to do with this type of extortion so appeasers can’t be sure that they won’t lose even more than they win by caving.

      Finally they know all to well what happened to S&W and Ruger who caved to Clinton as recounted in the WashPo article.

      “When Smith & Wesson struck a deal with the Clinton administration in 2000, agreeing to a long list of changes to its products and business practices—including limiting the size of magazines for its semi-automatic weapons and avoiding dealers who sold a disproportionate number of guns later used in crimes—the gun lobby howled. It led a boycott of Smith & Wesson that nearly killed the company; in a span of just two years, the number of guns manufactured by Smith & Wesson fell by 44 percent. “They just beat the crap out of Smith & Wesson for a while, then let them back in,” says Diaz. Colt Firearms and Sturm, Ruger have been similarly punished for crimes against the Second Amendment.”

      I hope my analysis is right but any manufacturer that caves will be poison to me, including my beloved SIG if they surrender to the gun banners.

  20. avatarTim says:

    I think it would be poetic justice if the gun and ammo makers could come together and agree not to sell guns or ammo to those police departments that make public anti-gun statements. It would hopefully force them to shut their traps about politics and be the public servants they are supposed to be.

    • avatarMark N. says:

      LA and San Diego would top the list, followed closely by San Francisco. We can always hope! (It doesn’t seem to be the rank and file, just the leadership at the top.)

  21. avatarWilliam says:

    Did I get this right? They want to work with GUN MANUFACTURERS to REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE?

    I’m just an ordinary guy, but it seems to me they’re trying to work with the wrong people!

    How about doing something with CRIMINALS to reduce gun violence? You know, the ones who are COMMITTING IT?

    • avatarjp says:

      Gotta stop thinking logically. As a Chicago resident its painfully obvious gun control does not work. 40 deaths this year already and its not even February yet. Yet we have some of the strictest gun control laws. Our little ballerina rahm is trying to force banks to stop dealing with gun manufacturers in our state. This is straight up Mafia tactics. It doesn’t matter to them as long as they get what they want.

    • avatarMOG says:

      Oh no, that would be wrong. To punish some poor, disadvantaged yute over the oatmeal being cold and sending him/her into a murderous fit. Or, whatever reason they can come up with to blame it on everybody else.

  22. avatarscottlac says:

    So cops in those cities will be relegated to sidearms made by no-name fly-by-night companies? I feel sorry for the LEOs.

  23. avatarschizuki says:

    In my dream world, every firearm manufacturer tells them to FOAD…

    …except Uberti.

  24. avatarAPBTFan says:

    That $800k ain’t jack squat to what a manufacturer stands to lose from the shooting community if they play ball which these chucklehead politicians.

    I’d love to see Minneapolis PD decked out with Hi-Points and lead bullets reloads thanks to their elected loudmouths.

  25. avatarSammy says:

    This is getting down and dirty. Mayors colluding to organize boycotts. Brothers I believe the bigger picture is not to destroy gun ownership but the inconvenient constitution it’s self.

  26. avatarMatt in FL says:

    I’m interested to see how this plays out. My guess is after the grandstanding is over, it will quietly go away within a few days, never to be heard from again.

  27. avatarJan says:

    With the rate gun stores are emptying their inventory, who is the bigger market?

  28. avatarPaul M says:

    He talks as if somebody is working to INCREASE gun violence! Every sane person wants to decrease gun violence. What he’s really saying is “do it MY way or else.” If you don’t mind, could you just FOAD!

  29. avatarAccur81 says:

    I would welcome a boycott. As an LEO, I know that we get decent deals on guns and ammo. We burn about 1,000 rounds of ammo per officer per year. Due to liability reasons, reloading is essentially non-existent in the LEO community. If Remington, Winchester, or Federal told us to pound sand due to an anti-2A message, it would start making things pretty simple. Being a gun guy, I’ve purchased the exact same ammo our department uses, as well as stuff that I believe is better.

    Manufacturers don’t make tons of cash from police agencies, it’s more of an image and marketing deal. A lot of citizens would be ecstatic to purchase 5.56 at .75 a round. Citizens and off-duty LEOs are a huge market. Let the mayors and politicians blabber, and see how well that goes.

    • avatarAlphaGeek says:

      A81, do you guys get to use the same ammo for duty carry and range time, or do you switch between JHPs and FMJs with equivalent bullet weights?

      • avatarAccur81 says:

        Same ammo. Premium hollow points for targets. There occasionally frangible ammo, but not often. Those aren’t my ideas – I’d like a bunch of cheap ammo and tons of practice with .22 LR, but to no avail.

    • avatarRalph says:

      100 rounds per officer per year? Accur81, before the ammo crunch, I was burning at least that much per month.

      As an aside, since ammo became unavailable, I’ve used my savings to buy more guns.

      • avatarAccur81 says:

        1,000 ish. Not 100. Minimum of 1 range visit per month with handgun, 4x per year shotgun, and patrol rifle, minimum 1 scenario live fire per year, optional 3-gun style competition, minimum yearly qual with handgun accuracy / time / reload / tac reload, minimum 2x per year rifle and shotgun qual

        • avatarMoonshine says:

          YEARLY qual? I go through what you guys would call a “qual” scenario every Tuesday night during the season…

  30. avatarRizzy says:

    I think they should first reject the offer, and then only offer contracts for “police grade” ammunition, which will happen to be 3x the $$

  31. avatarThomas Paine says:

    ok, let’s boycott taxes. See, it goes both ways. oh, nevermind.

  32. avatarJOE MATAFOME says:

    I’m sure that all the regular gun owners combined buy a lot more guns and ammo than all the police dept. in the entire country. Now if they boycott the companies who sell to law abiding citizens and all these companies decide they no longer need them, then only citizens and criminals will be armed. If they decide to only do business with the cops, their competition will make a fortune and they’ll go broke like the U.S. Postal Service.

    • avatarAPBTFan says:

      Yup. His $100k a year is nothing compared to civilian sales. Plus he may not be familiar with the sort of backlash Ruger, Colt and Smith & Wesson experienced when they tried to placate politicians. I doubt any manufacturer is willing to test those waters again.

  33. avatarLTC F says:

    When The People’s Republic of Kalifornia decided that subjects…I mean citizens, could not be trusted with a Barrett .50 rifle, Barrett ceased doing business with any PRK law enforcement agency. Last I saw Barrett is still in business.

    • avatarLockness says:

      Yeah, Ronnie Barrett is awesome (and a true patriot). Now if only the rest of the firearms manufacturing enterprises were the same.

      • avatarMark N. says:

        Has he announced yet that he will cease to do business with NYS? Or how about the USArmy if the DiFi ban is passed?

        • avatarMoonshine says:

          I would not put it past him. Ronnie was pretty quick on the draw with that Kalifornia thing…

  34. avatarNelson says:

    Fuck’em!

    This is why I keep saying, invoke the “Ronnie Barrett Option”!

    As many of y’all know, back in 90′s or early 2000′s, the CEO of Barrett Rifles denied sales/re-supply/service to ALL Californian govt agencies/agents after LAPD Commish Bratton paraded one of his rifles on TV to push for a state-wide .50cal ban.

    High time ALL guns/ammo/component/accessories manufacturers and tactical training companies did the same.

    Frankly, the biggest push NSSF & NRA could’ve done at the recent SHOT show WAS to get all the guns/ammo/components/accessories manufacturers and tactical trainers, industry titans, both big & small, together, and pledge to invoke the ‘Ronnie Barrett Option’ vs. ANY & ALL States who push for AWB ban or any other 2A limitation.

    Who’s the bigger market? The commercial sales to 150 MILLION gunowners? Or, a TINY 2 million-ish ‘customers’ with GSA Fed contracts and State govt COMBINED market? And no, I’m not talking about F35 or ICBM/submarines/carriers contracts, etc.

    Truly, the MAIG morons clearly illustrate how delusionally econ-imbecilic these statist idiots are. Talk about a non-threatening econ-’threat.’

    Glock, y’all know who buys your shit more. Not to mention larger margins, considering Glock sells to govt at a significant discount, close to wholesale.

    As for Hk, well fuck you. You’ve always lived off govt tits. WhoTF ‘needs’ Hk416 when we got POF, LWRC, PWS, Daniel Defense, Noveske, JP, Rock River, Spike’s Tactical, etc??

    Can y’all imagine if Glock and Sig stopped supplying NYPD?

    Right…

    For now, clearly not likely (esp. Sig, considering they’re a big time Fed Govt-whores).

    But hey, who knows? Stranger things have happened: never thought I’d see the day that someone like Ronnie Barrett would deny LAPD and all Californian govt agencies. Granted, he’s getting plenty off of Fed Gvt military contracts; be that as it may, for someone of Ronnie’s status, within the industry, to take such a bold stance, is a significant symbolic and economic gesture.

    Perhaps soon enough, most of 2A industry will finally see the light and realize that their entire economic livelihood will be threatened with any further 2A infringements, if they LET these sociopathic lunatic political monkeys to continue to run amok.

    One can only hope…

    Regardless, it’s important to always remember that the Anti-gunners have something abstract to ‘gain:’ unfulfilled, unrealistic HOPE of emotional ‘safety.’

    But, clearly, we gun owners have something very tangible, very real physical items to lose.

    And as with all things human, you’ll always fight more to avoid pain/fear of losing something that you already have that you can physically touch and identify, than to fight to ‘gain’ some abstract emotion.

    Obviously, when one is threatened with losing something tangible, physical, something as concrete a private property can get, ie our guns, you’ll protect it more, because you have a visceral, physical ‘thing’ that someone else is threatening to take away from you.

    That reality alone, is why in the end, they’ll lose, and we’ll win, and maintain our rights. IMO

  35. avatarMOG says:

    Let them buy their ammo and firearms from China. More US made for the rest of us. Or, simply disarm the police/security forces of the government, Fed, State, and Local. Gun Free Zones start with them, all you got to have is faith. Set an example dip-wad. Whose army do you have to have all that military weaponry to defend yourselves against?

  36. avatar-Rob says:

    I rather hope the MAIG group goes through with this. Texas could use more manufacturing jobs, when these companies decide to move operations and HQ to a free state.

    Pretty sure the Texas government would find that federal bans don’t apply one whit to guns and ammo manufactured within Texas, sold and distributed only within Texas, and used only in Texas. God knows we could use some ammo availability here in the Lone Star State.

  37. avatarIn Memphis says:

    What is an illegal gun!?

  38. So what I heard the mayor say is, “hey gun manufacturers, are you actively lobbying for laws that would reduce the types of product you could sell as well as reduce the number of people who could buy your product? Don’t defend your answer with some sort of valid constitutionality argument, just answer the question!”

  39. avatarHarold says:

    Any gun or ammo manufacturer that succumbs to this bullying won’t get a dime from me or my family for the remainder of my lifetime. In return, I will boycott these cities whenever possible. I already cancelled a trip to Chicago.

    • avatarAccur81 says:

      I’ve been boycotting NYC and Chicago with no ill effects.

    • avatarAlphaGeek says:

      In the past, I’ve generally avoided transfers through NY airports when traveling from CA to Europe.

      I just added a rule to my corporate travel profile that prevents our agency from booking any of my flights with a stopover in NY without my express permission. Which will be forthcoming when NY repeals the SAFE act, though I didn’t tell the travel folks that.

      If they can’t treat US citizens with respect, between fscking over the residents of their own state AND arresting people in transit for having legally checked firearms in their luggage, they’re bloody well not getting any of my transit fees or airport concession spending.

      • avatarCarlosT says:

        Now just move your company up to Washington state, with it’s much, much better firearms laws, and your business support of the Second Amendment will be complete.

  40. avatarSteve says:

    I would love to see a list of Ryback approved vendors. It’s always good to know who the enemy is.

  41. avatarJim6pack says:

    If the manufacturers “get together” and decide to tell them to FOAD, the next step will be prosecuting the mfgs for “collusion” or “price fixing” or some new crap they just make up.
    It would be great if the mfgs would tell them to piss off, but I doubt it’ll happen.

    • avatarJarhead1982 says:

      Procedural disobedience is a wonderful thing, no written letter giving directions to do so, word of mouth, accidental shipments or misplaced shipments, the more expensive version, twice as long as needed, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc wont take long to get the point across when the cops start running out of bullets!

      Then again, the act of that Mayor falls under the Hobbs Act, named after Congressman Sam Hobbs (D-AL) and codified at 18 U.S.C. § 1951, is a U.S. federal law enacted in 1946 that prohibits actual, attempted, or contemplated robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce.

      Section 1951 also proscribes conspiracy to commit robbery or extortion without reference to the conspiracy statute at 18 U.S.C. § 371. Although the Hobbs Act was enacted as a statute to combat racketeering in labor-management disputes, the statute is frequently used in connection with cases involving public corruption, commercial disputes, and corruption directed at members of labor unions.

      The Hobbs Act criminalizes both robbery and extortion. Whereas robbery is the taking of another’s property without his or her consent, “traditional” extortion occurs when a person wrongfully uses force, the threat of force, or fear to obtain a recognized property right from another person without that person’s consent.

      In interpreting the Hobbs Act, the Supreme Court has held that the statute employs the fullest extent of federal authority under the Commerce Clause. Thus, the lower federal courts have recognized that an actual effect on commerce is sufficient to satisfy the federal jurisdictional element even if it is slight or de minimis.

  42. avatarRoadrunner says:

    Wonder if that’s a RICO violation? Threatening lawful businesses in an organized attempt at extorting their submission. Hmm. Sounds like racketeering, just from guys on the other side of the podium.

  43. avatarRalph says:

    If any of you think that this “boycott” is the brainchild of a lame-duck mayor from Minnesota, you’re crazy. This has billionaire Mayor Scumberg’s prints all over it.

    If Ryberg is a member of MAIG, he’s suckling on the Bloomberg t!t. Or maybe a different organ.

  44. avatarBullitt.44 says:

    Some small thing overlooked. Cities run short of ammo and go to Obama. Obama gets his AG to start an eminent domain case against the manufacturer of what the cops need. To recoup the cost the feds would enact a safety tax for all to pay and the cops get free ammo and guns at our expense. Besides that the company is now government run with more federal SEIU overpaid employees. I wouldn’t put it past them to do this.

    • avatarJarhead1982 says:

      Just Compensation The last element set forth in the Fifth Amendment mandates that the amount of compensation awarded when property is seized or damaged through condemnation must be fair to the public as well as to the property owner (Searl v. School District No. 2 of Lake County, 133 U.S. 553, 10 S. Ct. 374, 33 L. Ed. 740 [1890]). Because no precise formula for determining it exists, just compensation is the subject of frequent litigation.

      The courts tend to emphasize the rights of the property owner in eminent domain proceedings. The owner usually has not initiated the action but has been brought into the litigation because his or her property is needed for public use. The owner must participate in the proceedings, which can impose an emotional and financial burden.

      The measure of damages is often the fair market value of the property that is harmed or taken for public use. The market value is commonly defined as the price that reasonably could have resulted from negotiations between an owner who was willing to sell it and a purchaser who wanted to buy it. The value of real property is assessed based on the uses to which it reasonably can be put. Elements for consideration include the history and general character of the area, the adaptability of the land for future buildings, and the use intended for the property after its taking.

      Hence the manufacturer could force the govt. to buy at current market value, $2,500 for an AR-15, $100 for a 30 rnd magazine, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc….as this is not a contractual agreement but a litigation and there is no civil or legal liability to accept a forced undervalue of your product even though it is the govt.

      But if they do such a thing, then they have taken the gloves off and the civil war would start in the very near future. Hope they got big enough balls to finish what they start if they do!

  45. avatarJim D says:

    That picture shows a bunch of constipated wimpy little people. The useless Mayor and Police Chief of Milwaukee to hizonner’s left. They would trample over anything constitutional to advance their own careers. Could not get a real job……

    • avatarJustin says:

      Yup, you’d think Barret would have had a revelation after he got beat with a lead pipe a few years ago in our oh so safe and fine city, but no such luck.

      MPD carries M&P’s, Smith better not cave to this pressure…

    • avatarAPBTFan says:

      I’d like to see them slinging 20 pounds of tools running 8″ conduit in an eight foot deep trench in the middle of a Phoenix summer. They’re a bunch of soft handed pussies that would crumple doing a real job.

  46. avatarRandy Drescher says:

    Let those dumb F mayors belly up to the gun counter & buy Lorcins etc because they pissed off the higher quality manufacturers. They sure are grasping at “anything”, Randy

  47. avatarpat says:

    Do you think somebody would be crazy enough to take the law into their own hands regarding these treasonous Mayors? I worry about their safety if someone feels that they are undermining the constitution.

  48. avatarSilver says:

    Ah, modern America, where treason is a daily occurrence and no one cares. Is there still any reason at all to feel pride in this country?

    • avatarpat says:

      There is (a reason to feel pride in America), it is shown in our fight against (or so it feels) overwhelming odds.
      Aint that the definition of exceptional.
      Never stop, my friend (if only to not give the PIGS the satisfaction).

  49. avatarLevi B says:

    I bought more guns last year than my local PD.

  50. avatarMolon Labe says:

    I think private sales are far greater the any police agency sales and we pay full price. From the looks of guns sales who cares? Tell them to go pound sand!

  51. avatarAPBTFan says:

    I think a fitting tune for these politicians would be PIL’s 1984 “Order of Death”. “This is what you want this is what you get, this is what you want this is what you get…….”

  52. avatartdiinva says:

    Private sales dwarf sales to police agencies and most companies don’t make the weapons the police buy in any number.. Without a civilian market most firearms and ammunition manufactures will go out of business. They are going to yawn and continue with business as usual. I could see Glock caving into the threat because of their large volume of government sales but beyond that it’s an empty threat. I am sure Springfield Armory would be happy to see a civilian boycott of Glock.

  53. avatarKeith says:

    Step aside R. T. (if that is your real name), and don’t worry gun and ammo manufacturers, we, the 2A-loving public will pick up the slack.

  54. avatarelnonio says:

    Let’s see the Mayors have a “Barrett” pulled on them. Don’t like our firearms for your citizens? Then none for you. Have a nice day.

  55. avatarmike says:

    Apologies for being extremely picky, but it should be “toe the line,” Robert.

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