Well that didn’t take long. We just reported yesterday about a Maryland gun shop that planned to start selling the first commercially available “smart gun” in the Armatix iP1.
We have since learned that the owner of Engage Armament, Andy Raymond, has decided to back down from plans to sell the smart gun after he realized that selling this gun would trigger a New Jersey gun ban on the sale of all non smart-gun firearms.
We mentioned this in our initial reporting on this story, and a big thanks goes to all of you who contacted the gun shop owner and kindly reminded him of the consequences of these actions.
In a 12 minute video on his Facebook page, Raymond explained why he was reversing his decision to sell the Armatix iP1 smart gun and why he wanted to sell the gun in the first place. He felt it would be a gun for those on the fence about gun ownership and with his shop struggling to make any money after recent gun control laws in Maryland, at the time he thought it was a good idea.
But after backlash from sensible thinking gun owners who reminded Raymond that selling smart guns anywhere in the US would trigger a NJ gun ban on the sale of any firearms that do not have so called “smart gun” technology, Raymond started second guessing his decision to sell the gun.
The Washington Post explained Raymond’s original reasons for wanting to sell the gun:
Raymond said he learned of the gun a few years ago from an Engage Armament client working as an attorney for the manufacturer. Raymond then helped the company import the gun for testing.
The ideal customer, he said, is probably a lawyer in Georgetown with a high income and young children who has been on the fence about getting a gun because of safety fears.
That’s also the kind of customer that the Violence Policy Center, which favors stronger gun regulations, worries will make his or her first gun purchase, thereby increasing the number of guns in society.
Increasing gun ownership is what Raymond said he was after in planning to sell the iP1.
“If this gets more people, especially those on the fence, to go out and enjoy their Second Amendment freedoms, to go sport shooting and realize how much fun it is, then I am all for it,” Raymond said before changing his mind. “This is really not a bad thing.”
We applaud Raymond’s decision to not sell the smart gun and to give up potential sales of the firearm over principle. I honestly think Raymond simply didn’t realize what selling the gun would have done. He made a mistake, and I don’t think a boycott of his store would be appropriate. In fact, if any of you live in Maryland it would be awesome if you visited his store and let him know how much you appreciate his decision.
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