Mayors of sixty US cities are trying to influence gun manufacturers. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has introduced a way for cities to gain leverage in their efforts to pass stricter gun control laws across the country.
Rybak told members of the City Council’s Public Safety and Civil Rights Committee that he and mayors from approximately 60 cities are taking a closer look at the companies that manufacture the guns and ammunition that cities buy for police officers.”
Following the lead of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, these leftists are trying to use the purchasing power of their police departments to affect the political stance of gun and ammunition suppliers. How is that going to work out for them?
Ronnie Barrett, founder of Barrett’s Custom Firearms, has positioned his company to refuse to sell to, repair, or otherwise deal with Barrett products sold to California governmental agencies because CA chose to refuse to allow Californians to own one of Barrett’s guns. California is a very populous state but Barrett is willing to do this in defense of legal ownership of his product. Will other suppliers follow suit?
Some will. That will leave the police departments of those sixty cities more poorly armed than their citizens. It will also tell the bad guys where they can go to stalk. And it will leave these Mayors constituents less safe, less protected than people in other cities.
What will be the outcome of this?
My guess, they will back down one by one.