Minneapolis Gun Dealer Tells Mayor He Won’t Be Bullied

The resistance is spreading.

About two weeks after Mayor R.T. Rybak threatened to withhold city business from gun manufacturers critical of the president’s gun control plan, a local dealer had a message for City Hall this week:

“WE DON’T WANT YOUR BUSINESS,” Gary Shade, president of an Apple Valley custom firearms shop, e-mailed Rybak and the Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday.

Shade doesn’t currently do business with Minneapolis cops but wants to make it clear he won’t in the future since “your mayor believes he can bully gun manufacturers with threats of no business.”

“When your police run out of ammunition, or need service parts for their firearms look elsewhere,” Shade wrote.

Shade’s letter said he is joining with Olympic Arms and LaRue Tactical in restricting sales to police departments or cities that support Obama’s “unconstitutional” gun control plan or are “affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Police.”

In an interview, Shade said he sells to other police departments, but only sent the letter to Minneapolis because of Rybak’s strong comments.”


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