At least one California gun shop has learned the hard way that people who support the 2nd amendment are some of the most organized, outspoken, and grassroots members of society. And when something threatens their rights, they don’t just sit back and watch it happen.
The Oak Tree Gun Club, located outside Los Angeles, was the first gun store to carry the Armatix smart gun, a .22 caliber pistol that could only be fired with the accompanying wrist watch, which of course was sold separately for an additional $399. The German made iP1 cost $1399.
As soon the so called “smart gun” hit the shelves the gun shop faced severe backlash from the pro gun community, many of whom threatened to boycott the store. And with at least one New Jersey law mandating that all handguns in the state be personalized within 3 years of a smart gun going on sale anywhere in the US, we as pro-gunners have a legitimate concern.
According to the Washington Post, the pro gun community put enough pressure on the gun store for the shop to realize it’s error.
“These people are anti-gunners,” someone said of Oak Tree on the store’s Facebook page, adding, “I will never step foot in this dump.” On Yelp, a user wrote, “If you care about the ability to exercise your [Second Amendment] rights, I would suggest that you do not continue to frequent this place.”
Gun rights advocates and Armatix executives have been mystified by the store’s response, which has been to deny ever offering the gun and apologizing for any confusion in several places online, including to a gun rights advocate at Examiner.com.
The denials come despite Oak Tree owner James Mitchell’s extensive comments about why the gun was put on sale there. Armatix executives also provided The Post with two photos of the gun for sale in a gun cabinet at the facility, as well as multiple photos of customers shooting the iP1 at an event in a specially designed firing range with large Armatix signs.
The Oak Tree gun shop quickly removed not only the iP1 smart gun but all other products from the Armatix company, fearing more backlash and reduction in sales from the gun community. Perhaps they are having flashbacks of 2000, when Smith and Wesson struck a deal with the Clinton administration on smart guns and nearly put themselves out of business.
Oak Tree executives did not respond to numerous requests for comments about the backlash and why they were now denying carrying the gun. Reached by phone, Mitchell said, “Not taking any phone calls. Thanks.” Then he hung up.
Belinda Padilla, president of Armatix’s U.S. operation, described a “mind-blowing” set of events following The Post’s original story. At first, she said Oak Tree officials, who lease her an office at the facility, were “ecstatic” with the coverage, telling her they needed more guns in the store because a TV news crew was coming to film a report.
But that tone quickly changed. Padilla said Mitchell told her that he had received phone calls from gun rights groups questioning the gun’s sale and that he had canceled the TV interview.
Once smart guns become the law of the land regulation becomes all that much easier for an anti-gun agenda that seeks to eradicate firearms entirely. And with guns already being subject to jams and misfires, the last thing someone needs in a self-defense situation is for technology to fail them.
Gun owners are already tired of their rights being trampled upon, but there is nothing smart about “smart gun” technology. It all goes back to more restrictions on 2nd amendment rights, and as long as a gun shop or company is seen as being a threat to those rights, you can look for the pro gun community to shake heaven and earth to see it stopped.
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