They say history repeats itself. It certainly seems to in the firearms industry. Long ago, Bill Ruger supported magazine capacity limits. Back in 2000, Smith & Wesson threw in with the Clinton administration on expanding gun control. Much more recently, Springfield Armory and Rock River Arms…well…you probably know all about that. The latest gun maker that’s sure to to draw the ire of America’s gun owners: Accuracy International.
AI head honcho, Tom Irwin, doesn’t like the idea that Americans can buy bump fire stocks. As the Evening Standard is reporting,
The British maker of the most accurate sniper rifle in the world, on Friday called for greater gun controls in the US after the latest series of tragic attacks.
Speaking as he reported rising sales and profits, Tom Irwin, chief executive of Accuracy International, said it was “ridiculous” that you could legally buy devices to turn semi-automatic rifles into automatics, which are illegal in the US. Such devices were used in the Las Vegas shootings.
OK, Tom. Anything else you’d like to add about what Americans should and shouldn’t be able to own in the way of firepower?
Asked whether semi-automatics — still capable of firing rapidly — should be legal as well, he said: “Personally, I don’t think so. I can’t see the benefit.”
Have you found your pitchfork yet? Gotten on social media to try to organize a boycott of Accuracy International’s rifles? Good luck with that. You’re not in Irwin’s target market anyway.
AI makes some of the best precision bolt guns on the planet. They’re primarily sold to military and law enforcement customers all over the world and they don’t come cheap (see our reviews of the AT rifle here and two of their AX series guns here and here). Their rifles start in the mid four figures and go up from there pretty quickly.
So Irwin coming out for more restrictions on what civilians in the United States should be “allowed” to own won’t affect his company’s bottom line much at all. Retail sales represent a minuscule part of AI’s revenue. Still, it’s always good to know who’s on our side and…more importantly…who isn’t.
UPDATE: See our post regarding Tom Irwin’s clarification of his comments here.