In response to the passage of New York's sweeping new gun law, a Washington state-based firearms manufacturer has decided to stop selling their products in the Empire State.
Olympic Arms, a manufacturer of semiautomatic rifles and AR-15-style firearms, announced Tuesday it will no longer be doing business in New York as a result of the state's new ban on assault-style weapons, according to the Times Union.
The company explained its decision in a post on its Facebook page: "Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines. We feel as though the passage of this legislation exceeds the authority granted to the government of New York by its citizens, and violates the Constitution of the United States."
New York Gov. Cuomo last month signed into law tough legislation aimed at strengthening state laws on assault weapons, gun-magazine capacity and reporting potential harmful behavior. Though the law allows law enforcement agencies to purchase assault-style weapons, Olympic says it will no longer serve the state's first responders.
"It didn't make sense that citizens can't have what police departments have," Brian Schuetz, Olympic's president and co-owner, told the Times Union.
The law also restricts ammunition magazines from 10 to seven bullets and current owners of higher-capacity magazines have a year to sell them out of state. An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge.
The family-run company's decision to pull out of New York will likely have little impact on police departments, John Grebert, the Executive Director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, told the paper.
Still, news of the withdrawal triggered a public outcry on social media. Olympic's Facebook post announcing the decision had over 7,500 "likes" as of Saturday afternoon.
Schuetz told the Times Union he was surprised at the level of attention the announcement has received from the media and online.
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