"I didn’t want my shop burned down."
May 6, 2014 9:32 AM Subscribe
posted by tonycpsu (391 comments total)
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A Maryland gun store owner recently spent the night in his store
to guard against retribution for his store's (now-reversed) decision to sell the Armatix iP1 Smart Pistol
, the first smart gun to be marketed in the United States. Andy Raymond, co-owner of Engage Armament in Rockville, Maryland, initially supported the iP1 as a way to reach "fence-sitters", but backed down
after receiving death threats
This follows a similar about-face
from the Oak Tree Gun Club in California, which initially showed enthusiasm
for the gun's crossover appeal, only to backtrack
after widespread opposition
from gun owners, including personal threats against Belinda Padilla, Armatix's president of U.S. operations. The gun lobby has expressed concerns about the reliability and higher cost of these weapons, as well as a New Jersey law
that would prohibit the sale of all "non-smart" firearms in New Jersey within three years of a smart gun going on the market anywhere else in the U.S.
Last night's episode of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes
devoted three segments (1
) to the controversy, interviewing Padilla, Raymond, and several other principals involved in the California and Maryland smart gun efforts, and breaking the news that New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg would introduce legislation to repeal the New Jersey smart gun law
if the gun lobby drops its opposition to allowing the guns to reach the U.S. market elsewhere.