Now I am fairly certain elected officials promulgating even stricter gun control restrictions did not expect the backlash that is growing across the country.
No, I am not talking about the hundreds of sheriffs departments and state sheriffs associations who have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unlawful gun control measures.
No, I am not talking about the growing number of state legislatures who are taking measures to protect their states and their citizens from encroaching gun control laws
No, I am talking about a growing number of firearm firms in the US are vowing to reverse-boycott local and state governments that enact any new infringements on the Second Amendment. Vowing to close what they're calling "the police loophole," at least 50 US companies, ranging from gun machinists to gun shops, are now saying publicly they'll refuse to sell weapons and gear to police in places where governments have banned the use of the same gear by civilians.
So in an unexpected development, companies are threatening to stop all sales to state and local law enforcement agencies any items that cannot be sold to civilians in those states. These include semi-automatic weapons intentionally misnamed “assault weapons”, standard capacity magazines for pistols and rifles above 10-rounds as well as various other parts and accessories. The current list of manufacturers can be found here:
While this might inconvenience some law enforcement agencies, the biggest sting will be felt in states where such manufacturers no longer feel welcome and decide to take their operations and their jobs with them to friendlier locales. There are all manner of companies being discussed in that context in Colorado, New York, Maryland, California and even here in Connecticut. I might write about that at some future date.
Chalk this up as one of those "unintended consequences" of legislative over-reach. Stay tuned.