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The number of gun companies who have decided to stop selling to anti-second amendment state governments has grown to 44.

Pushback: The number of gun companies who have decided to stop selling to anti-second amendment state governments has grown to 44.

None of the companies listed include any of the big gun or ammo manufacturers, but give it time. The government is sometimes their biggest customer, so to sacrifice that income requires a level of commitment they might not yet be ready to make. Nonetheless, I expect it is only a matter of time before some of the heavy players join this effort, if only to apply pressure to state governments. And when a few do, all will feel pressure to join in.

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Pzatchok

    Even if the big companies don’t join in all that has to happen is the FFL holders can refuse to order from them anymore.

    If no local gun dealer agrees to bring the guns into the area the local police forces would have to go elsewhere. And importing a firearm across state lines without involving an FFL is next to impossible.

  • jwing

    This may explain the unprecedented purchasing of ammunition by federal agencies. Think of it as a covert form of influence over ammunition manufacturers that subtley lets them know where their bread is buttered now and in the future, as long as they don’t make any waves about the Obama administration gun grab and 2nd amemdment trashing.

  • Pzatchok

    No the purchase is only a little over what they normally buy each year.

    Its just that normally each division would try to buy its needed ammo off the local market. And now the feds think they can get a better deal if they buy it all at once for bulk discount.

    I will only fear the feds if they stop the import of ammo.

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