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The Police Loophole is doing a great job, alongside An NC Gun Blog, of detailing the growing list of companies refusing business from police or government agencies in states such as New York which have enacted onerous restrictions on their residents.  That list now stands at nearly seventy and is growing almost exponentially.

An then there’s Illinois’ Armalite.

One of their sales reps, Pat Raley, sent a caustic reply to one gun owner asking if Armalite would join these other companies in declining sales to New York State.

Dear concerned gun owner,

First of all I would like to say thank you for filling my email with all this spam email.

Second, I am not sure where you got this blanket email from to send out as spam, but please stop it.

Third, The manufacture is not the one you need to convince.

You need to convince the law enforcement agencies and the common people about their mistake in electing these officials and have them removed. Again NOT the manufacture.

AR Stands for ArmaLite…


Pat Raley


Then their president, Mark Westrom, pictured above, published two damage-control posts “clarifying” the salesman’s asinine reply.

All he did was succeed in digging the hole MUCH deeper.

His posts on the issue can be summed up in one line:

2. We do not halt sales to individual officers even in problematic states.


He’s not going to halt sales to individual officers who will enforce these onerous and unconstitutional laws aimed at disarming gun owners who were law-abiding before this year.

Ironically, cops in New York State are not exempt from the new law, nor can they get special consideration because they are cops.

Armalite’s position has earned that company millions of dollars in negative publicity as the story has gone national.  It’s even been picked up on the Drudge Report.

Here’s one of many stories and commentaries bouncing around about Armalite.  With publicity like this, you don’t need any enemies…

Armalite tries to play both sides of the developing gun war

by Bob Owens

It’s a simple matter of sanitation: you don’t sh*t where you eat.  That common-sense message was apparently lost on firearms manufacturer Armalite.

…In other words, Armalite is trying to play both ends against the middle. They want to say they are on-board with the boycott (sort of) to placate gun owners, but they aren’t; they’re still going to continue selling to individual police officers… just not to the departments.

Armalite will sell to every individual officer in the department that wants an AR-15, but they won’t sell to the department’s official purchasing agent. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

Westrom’s policy is condescending to gun owners, and is more insulting than a simple and honest, “no, we won’t stop sales to states that have made gun-owners second-class citizens.”






5 thoughts on “Armalite sells out gun owners and gets unwanted national publicity”
  1. All those selling out should be called out for doing so.

    Selling out the right to keep and bear arms in favor of the right to pay for and apply for a permission slip is selling out too.

    We wouldn’t want to be pots calling kettles names, right?
    Just tryin’ to keep it real, y’all.

  2. I agree with Mr. Owens. Would have been some better with a simple no.
    Always seem to be one in the bunch that wont go along with the rest. I would be ashamed to be seen shooting an armalite rifle after this.

  3. Located in ILLINOIS…need anyone say more?

    Boycott them by not purchasing their products. Simple as that.

    When the citizens of IL finally awaken to their self-caused ills, maybe they can rectify many of the problems contained in Springfield and Chicago…that is if it’s not already too late!

  4. Let me get this straight, ….New York state’s new (un)”Safe Act”- law prohibiting “assault style” rifles does not exempt anyone to own or buy certain products, but armalite will continue to sell to law enforcement officers, even though they too are prohibited from owning these restricted firearms.
    Are they not now publicly stating they are conspiring to break said law? Are they not now involved in a “criminal conspiracy”? Could they be prosecuted under a “RICO” act for their conspiracy since it would be across state lines?

    I think maybe armalite could be getting in worse trouble than disrespecting their former customers, and they would get what they deserve if they were prosecuted for those crimes. Good-by armalite and good riddance!


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