The Marketplace Disciplines The State

Dave Killion — March 4, 2013

Officer, when I say you cannot buy this gun, I mean it!

Officer, when I say you cannot buy this gun, I mean it!

In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the New York State Legislature has passed regulation further encroaching on the rights of N.Y. residents. In this respect, it is much like many other state, county, and local governments, and like those other governments, the N.Y. Legislature has exempted several categories of its employees, e.g. police officers. In retaliation, over 100 U.S. firearms distributers have announced policies to close this ‘police loophole’, by refusing to sell to those governments any firearm or accessory denied by law to non-government personnel. While some of these vendors limit the restriction to New York State, many others apply their policies nation-wide. Less widely-known is the fact that several distributors (such as Cheaper Than Dirt, Ammo Clip, and Extreme Firepower,) have had such policies in place since well before Sandy Hook. From the Extreme Firepower website –

“The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types of firearms. Law-enforcement agencies are typically exempt from these restrictions. EFI, LLC does not recognize law-enforcement exemptions to local, state, and federal gun control laws. If a product that we manufacture is not legal for a private citizen to own in a jurisdiction, we will not sell that product to a law-enforcement agency in that jurisdiction.”

I hope this is a good move for these vendors, but if not, I still admire their sacrifice. It would be wonderful if Canadian firearms distributors took similar actions, and I will certainly encourage those places at which I shop to do so.

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