Speer Takes Much Different Approach than Hornady When It Comes to Police Ammo Sales
“The New York City Police Department recently awarded Speer with a long-term contract for its 124-grain, 9mm Luger +P Gold Dot Duty ammunition,” Vista Outdoor announced in a Monday press release. “This five-year contract, up to $18 million, reflects the company’s industry-leading technologies and longstanding commitment to excellence in manufacturing Law Enforcement ammunition.”
Speer Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink elaborated on the contract:
“We are proud to support a majority of the nation’s law enforcement agencies and we will continue to focus on providing the best ammunition to their officers each and every day. We are honored to be the ammunition brand of choice for the nation’s largest agency, the New York City Police Department. Speer Gold Dot duty and training rounds have a 20-year history supporting more than 35,000 NYPD officers who protect and serve their communities.”
Those officers also enforce New York City’s draconian “gun control” edicts.
Consider the hoops a citizen must jump through just to apply for permission to own a handgun.
Take a look at the application and note the $340.00 and $ 89.75 are non-refundable should you be denied. If you’re not, prepare to wait up to half-a-year. And this is just to own a handgun – forget applying for a carry permit unless you’re rich, famous, politically-connected and/or all three.
But wait, there’s more. And since we’re drilling down further to talk ammo, consider:
“It shall be unlawful for any person not authorized to possess a pistol or revolver within the city of New York to possess pistol or revolver ammunition, provided that a dealer in rifles and shotguns may possess such ammunition. [and] It shall be unlawful for any person authorized to possess a pistol or revolver of a particular caliber within the city of New York to possess pistol or revolver ammunition of a different caliber.”
That means you would be arrested for “illegally” possessing Speer ammo.
And don‘t forget all New York State restrictions and bans apply, including on so-called (and thus demonized) “assault weapons.”
Now consider a very different approach taken with New York by another ammunition manufacturer, Hornady:
“While it may not make a difference to New York, Hornady will not knowingly allow our ammunition to be sold to the State of NY or any NY agencies,” President Steve Hornady pledged in reaction to Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressuring New York financial institutions to ostracize the firearms industry. “Their actions are a blatant and disgusting abuse of office and we won’t be associated with a government that acts like that. They should be ashamed.”
That’s the same approach taken by Ronnie Barrett, President of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, after the LAPD, endorsed banning the .50 caliber rifle and its ammunition. He did the same thing with the State of California, Hawaii and New York.
It’s an approach more gun and ammunition manufacturers need to take if they expect Second Amendment defenders to choose their products over those of their competitors. All things being more or less equal in terms of performance and price, would you rather buy from someone who is “proud” to service those who would disarm you, or from someone who isn’t afraid to do the right thing and tell their bosses to shove it?
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