After cnn.com reported that the owner of X-Products would not be averse to a licensing scheme for purchase/possession of its “high capacity” ammunition magazines, TTAG checked the company’s website and called X-Products for clarification. We weren’t successful. Since the comments went viral, others have been more successful at contacting X-Products. TTAG reader G. Anderson received this reply to an email to the company . . .
First and Foremost our company does not believe in licensing or restricting the sale of High Cap.
Mr Malarkey was interviewed about several items in a long discussion during Shot Show and CNN has taken two very out of context answers to multiple questions. Then they broke them up and spliced it into something that cleverly seems to favor some kind of support for their premise.
Mr Malarkey regrets having ever discussed/interviewed with CNN at all, and will not do so in the future. This is clearly not a position X Products believes is rational or viable.
We support the 2nd amendment rights of all citizens and are already saddled with bans of our products in multiple states now, we would not support any further limitations.
VP of Sales & Operations
In addition, TTAG reader Derek elicited this statement on from Mr. Malarkey himself on X-Products Instagram account.
Just so you guys know my side of the story, the quote below is completely out of context and not what I said at all. The interview I had was 30 minutes long and I was asked a variety of questions and they just took bits and pieces from the segment. The only thing I said was I would consider a step licensing law where we had access to everything… But it was the only thing I’d consider as a middle ground if there were no other options, I didn’t agree that we need licensing. That’s down right nuts, I’m a magazine manufacture, it would be detrimental to my business, I already lived through through the 1994-2004 ban , I like you don’t want to go through it again. You’ve got to remember this is mainstream media, they manipulate the story to fit they’re agenda. Heck they didn’t even quote our company’s location properly. Let me know if have any other questions and pleas feel free to share my response.
We look forward to talking to Mr. Malarkey for further clarification. We’re in touch with CNN reporter Aaron Smith who says he was not contacted by Mr. Malarkey. He’s considering making a statement on the accuracy of his piece.
At this point, Mr. Smith stands by the text, which remains as originally published at CNN. There is no mention of the controversy on X-Products’ website.