“The battle over the nation’s first smart gun has shifted to Maryland, with a Rockville dealer saying he will sell the Armatix iP1 after a California gun store removed the weapon from its shelves to placate angry gun rights activists,” washingtonpost.com reports. “Andy Raymond, the co-owner of Engage Armament, a store known for its custom assault rifles, said selling the handgun was a ‘really tough decision’ after what happened to Oak Tree Gun Club, which was lambasted by gun owners and National Rifle Association members who fear the new technology will be mandated and will encroach on Second Amendment rights.” That might have something to do with the fact that . . .
Once a “smart gun” is commercially available anywhere in the United States, New Jersey law mandates that all handguns for sale in the Garden State must be “smart guns” in three years.
Given the ferocious blowback that Oak Tree experienced when they stocked the Armatix iP1, what yutz would put his gun business on the line to promote a reviled product? A realist?
“If the same reaction happens here, we’ll be out of business,” [co-owner Andy] Raymond said in an interview.
He’s willing to risk that because Maryland, with its strict gun-control laws, “has already essentially put us out of business.” He also believes that firearms like Armatix’s will expand the market to people who want an ultra-safe gun.
Raymond said he’s on the “right-wing vanguard of gun rights” but is vehemently opposed to gun rights activists arguing against the idea of a smart gun — or any gun.
“To me that is so fricking hypocritical,” Raymond said. “That’s the antithesis of everything that we pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment people should be. You are not supposed to say a gun should be prohibited. Then you are being no different than the anti-gun people who say an AR-15 should be prohibited.”
No one said the P1 shouldn’t be sold. Well, not many people. But gun rights guys and gals aren’t likely to hail the gun stores that do so, are they? Given the New Jersey thing and the possibility that other states or even Uncle Sam could follow suit, destroying the market for “conventional guns” and opening the possibility of a government-controlled “on-off” switch. Andy?
“This is not Armatix screwing over the people of New Jersey,” he said. “It’s the legislature screwing over the people of New Jersey. Bushmaster didn’t screw over the people of Newtown. Adam Lanza did. It’s just disgusting to me to see pro-gun people acting like anti-gunners. What is free if it’s not choice?” . . .
“If this gets more people, especially those on the fence, to go out and enjoy their Second Amendment freedoms, to go sport shooting and realize how much fun it is, then I am all for it,” he said. “This is really not a bad thing.”
Yes, it is. As Mr. Raymond is no doubt discovering as I type.