Smith & Wesson Betrayal
Abandoning Gun Owners by Putting
Profits Before Principle Leads to Massive Boycott of Smith & Wesson
March 27, 2000
Update: Since this article was written, Smith & Wesson has been sold. As a direct result of the agreement discussed in this article and the righteous indignation of gun owners, Smith & Wesson lost 40% in sales and was forced to close two factories. The British Owner, Tomkins, who originally paid $112 million for the company, received only $15 million on the sale, representing a $97 million or 87% loss. This shows that the real power of gun owners is not in the guns they carry, but in the wallets they carry.
Although the new owner, Saf-T-Hammer, continued to implement certain safety features on Smith & Wesson guns (that was their business before buying the company), they renounced the agreement with the Clinton administration and no longer limited their sales, which was the ominous part of the agreement.
We at ActionAmerica want to remind our readers that there is nothing wrong with safety features on guns. What is wrong, is the government and a private corporation conspiring to force everyone to buy guns with safety features that they may neither need nor want.
Wesson announced that they had made a deal with the Devil... I mean the Clinton-Gore crowd, to give the government massive new gun
control powers over, not only their own operations, but ALL
of their dealers as well, the Gun
Owners of America (GOA), the only
no-compromise gun lobby in Washington, announced that they are endorsing
a boycott of all Smith & Wesson products. If this deal
had only affected Smith & Wesson's operations, it could be argued
that they had no choice. But, this deal between Smith & Wesson
and the Clinton-Gore anti-2nd Amendment crowd goes far beyond their
own doors and amounts to nothing less than a blatant BETRAYAL
by Smith & Wesson of both their customers
and their dealers and seriously
undermines both the Constitutional rights and the God-given rights of
both groups. GOA is asking
all Americans who seriously cherish and believe in the God-given
right (this goes far beyond 2nd Amendment rights) of individual
self defense, to disassociate themselves from the firearms manufacturer
and BOYCOTT all Smith & Wesson products.
America is proud to join with the GOA
in urging your enthusiastic support for this Boycott
of Smith & Wesson products.
Smith & Wesson has clearly placed corporate profits
ahead the basic human rights, not
to mention the Constitutional rights,
of those law-abiding Americans who have kept them in business for years
through buying their products. This is such a serious BETRAYAL
of our human rights, that any gun dealers who do not immediately disassociate
themselves from any and all affiliations that they may have with
Smith & Wesson, should themselves, be considered no less guilty
than Smith & Wesson. In fact, this deal makes it very difficult
for gun dealers to continue selling Smith & Wesson products.
had an excellent relationship with Smith & Wesson for 40 years. But
the bottom line is this agreement will force dealers to discontinue
the sale of Smith & Wesson handguns, plain and simple."
-- Bill Carter, owner of a hunting
and firearms chain and one of the nation's largest S&W dealers.
In fact, according to a GOA
statement on Friday, March 24, 2000, RSR
Wholesale, who are reportedly responsible for about 25 percent
of Smith & Wesson sales, has already indicated that it will stop doing
business with Smith & Wesson.
America salutes RSR Wholesale for their patriotism!
Through the censored reports in the liberal media, we
have all heard about some of the requirements placed upon Smith &
Wesson under this agreement. What most people are not aware
of is the autocratic requirements placed upon Smith & Wesson's
dealers and retail customers under the agreement.
Few people realize or have even heard of the agreement's insidious
restrictions that will actually drive the cost of guns into the stratosphere.
The media, in an attempt to glaze over the real threat to our rights,
that this agreement represents, has concentrated upon the trigger
locks and smart gun technology. If that were all that it entailed,
it would not be nearly so bad. Let's take a look at some of
the requirements placed upon gun distributors and dealers.
This disgraceful agreement establishes a "Code
of Conduct" for Smith & Wesson dealers,
which is enforceable both as a court order
and as a contract. Remember
that if you violate a court order, you can go to jail. Under
the "Code of Conduct,"
Smith & Wesson agrees to sell only to authorized dealers and distributors
and allow their authorized distributors to sell only to authorized
dealers. According to the press release on the HUD web site
(link now expired), the "Code of Conduct"
places the following requirements upon Smith & Wesson's authorized
distributors and dealers.
(Action America comments are in
Gun shows: make no gun show sales unless
all sales at the gun show are completed only after a background
This means that private sales at gun shows
would have to undergo background checks as well as dealer sales.
That means that this part of the Smith & Wesson agreement
affects YOU, even if you are only buying a lever action
rifle or a shotgun, and you are buying from an individual seller.
This part affects YOU directly.
Brady checks: wait as long as necessary
for a completed Brady check showing that the purchaser is not
a felon or otherwise prohibited before selling a gun to the purchaser.
If the FBI's Brady computers were to just
happen to suffer serious outages from time to time the "Instant"
background checks could often end up taking weeks. The "accidental"
failure of an operator to activate a UPS system might cause a
loss of data from which it could take weeks to recover.
Of course, if we are to believe the lying Clinton-Gore crowd,
who say that it will take three years and millions of dollars
to recover the lost Al Gore emails, then it might take a decade
to recover from just one power outage at the FBI. In the
mean time, you would not be able to buy a gun. Think what
this would do to gun dealers across the country.
Safety training for purchasers: transfer
firearms only to individuals who have passed certified safety
course or exam and demonstrate to purchasers how to use all safety
devices and how to load, unload, and safely store the firearm
before completing the sale.
The agreement does not specify any limits
upon what requirements may be placed upon course "certification."
Changing requirements for "certification" could drive
the cost of getting certified to prohibitive levels. In
a few years, you might pay a few hundred dollars for a handgun
and then have to pay $1000 or more for a "certified"
course. See where it goes?
Multiple handgun sales:
of multiple handguns to take only one handgun from the store on
the day of sale, at which point a multiple sales report will be
filed with ATF. The remainder of the guns can only be collected
after 14 days.
Here again, they are directly affecting
YOUR rights. If you should some day feel threatened
and decide to buy one gun for your home and one gun for your business,
the dealer would tell you that you can only take one gun with
you. Furthermore, by buying more than one gun at a time,
the report that the dealer is required to file with the BATF makes
YOU the target of a BATF investigation. This
smacks of other recent attempts to subvert the 4th Amendment by
requiring non-government businesses to report information on individual
citizens to the BATF that the BATF is legally restrained, under
the 4th Amendment, from obtaining on their own. Most notable
among these subversions is the FDIC's infamous Know Your Customer
(KYC) rules (see our article
on Bank Spying).
Employee training: require all employees
to attend ATF-approved training and to pass a exam on firearms
laws, straw purchasers, illegal trafficking indicators, and gun
Again, there are no limits placed upon what
the term "ATF-approved" may be construed to mean.
As with the purchaser "certification," changing requirements
for "approval" could drive the cost of this training
to such levels that dealers could easily be required to, as much
as, double their prices.
Insurance: carry liability insurance where
available, with a minimum coverage of $1 million for each
R E A D T H
I S C A R E F U L L Y ! ! !
This one is a real problem. Should insurance be required
of all gun dealers, then every time someone is shot, even in if
the shooting victim was a criminal shot by a rape victim in self
defense, the gun dealers will be sued by the survivor or his relatives.
This would drive the cost of the insurance up, which would likewise
drive the cost of guns up by more than ten times.
(Think medical malpractice insurance.)
Inventory control: maintain an electronic
inventory tracking plan within 24 months.
This is to enable future lawsuits against
those $1 million insurance policies. Remember on
the previous bullet point, when I said that the insurance requirement
could drive the cost of guns up by more than ten times and you
likely thought that might be a little much? It isn't sounding
so unlikely now, is it? Keep reading. It gets worse.
Security: implement a security plan for
All reputable dealers already do this.
The disreputable dealers are almost all gray market dealers who
are not authorized dealers for any manufacturer and are, therefore,
not affected by the "Code of Conduct."
Child access: require persons under 18
to be accompanied by adults in gun stores or gun sections of stores.
This will require department stores like
Wal-Mart to hire security guards to keep the kids who roam the
store while mom is shopping from wandering too close to the gun
section. You can expect the BATF to make a number
of early examples of stores that don't comply, by sending in undercover
agents and some unescorted 17-year olds, to make a few headlines.
The liberal media will be more than glad to play it up.
This used to be called entrapment.
Weapons attractive to criminals: not sell
large capacity magazines or semiautomatic assault weapons.
Here is another point that affects YOU
directly. This is very clearly a back door attempt at further
limiting "ugly looking guns." Read that statement
carefully! If a dealer sells Smith & Wesson guns, he
cannot sell a high capacity magazine OF ANY BRAND, without
violating the court order! The Smith & Wesson agreement
could prevent you from buying a rifle or magazine, OF ANY BRAND,
that is considered perfectly legal to purchase under the law.
Even though Congress says that it is OK, Smith & Wesson will
say "NO" to the purchase and that "NO" will
have the power of a court order.
Compliance: provide law enforcement, government
regulators, and the Oversight Commission established in this Agreement
with access to documents necessary to determine compliance; cooperate
fully in the Agreementís Oversight mechanism.
Again, those of you familiar with the FDIC's
infamous "Know Your Customer" rules will recognize
this part. They are setting things up to require gun dealers
to act as spies and report "suspicious activity" of
individual citizens to the BATF that the BATF is legally restrained,
under the 4th Amendment, from obtaining on their own. This
approach is fast becoming a staple of the treacherous Clinton-Gore
Crime gun traces: maintain an electronic
record of all ATF trace requests and report trace requests to
This is again to further aid in establishing
legal cases against those $1 million insurance policies.
Did I say that those $1 million insurance policies would
drive the cost of guns up by more than ten times.
Perhaps I was a little premature. Maybe I should have said
that the cost of guns would go up by more than 15 or 20 times.
They are not only requiring the insurance policies, but making
it easy and enticing to file suit against dealers that hold those
policies. And every suit, won or lost, will drive
the cost of those policies up, with the resulting increase in
cost of guns. Look at medical malpractice and then you
decide how far it might go.
Indicted dealers: forgo firearms sales
to licensed dealers known to be under indictment.
R E A D T H I S C
A R E F U L L Y ! ! !
This is another grave part of the Smith & Wesson agreement.
Note that the key word here is not "conviction,"
but "indictment." This means
that all that the government has to do to shut down a legitimate
dealer is to bring an indictment against him for some imaginary
crime or for an entrapment case that will never hold up in court
and then delay the court date until the dealer has no inventory
to sell. No more gun dealer. Even though the former
dealer may eventually prove his innocence, he will have lost his
business. This is serious! Hey!
Maybe we could apply this same criteria to Bill Clinton and Al
Gore. We could make them both set out the rest of this term.
Straw purchasers: not to make sales to
This is another invitation to a BATF entrapment
case. Dealers are expected to read the minds of purchasers.
This is designed to be an easy way for the BATF to establish a
case for the indictment of legitimate gun dealers (remember
that distributors and other dealers will be prohibited from selling
to a dealer who is under indictment), in order to put them out
of business under the provisions of the "Indicted dealers"
Smith & Wesson took the bait offered by the traitorous
Clinton-Gore crowd. In their greed, Smith & Wesson failed
to see the long term implications of what they were acquiescing to.
This agreement was cleverly crafted by the traitors in the White House
to give the anti-gun lobby a way to drive the cost of compliance so
high that it will drive most gun dealers out of business in a few
years and the only people who will then be able to acquire a gun will
be the very wealthy and those who are willing to steal their guns.
The Clinton-Gore crowd and the antigun lobby will have achieved the
complete subversion of the 2nd Amendment
without a single line of legislation having been written. Let
me repeat that last statement.
have achieved the complete subversion
of the 2nd Amendment without
a single line of legislation having been written.
That is why it is imperative
that the BOYCOTT of Smith & Wesson
be complete and permanent.
Nothing less than a complete replacement of the Board of Directors
of Smith & Wesson should be accepted. Gun owners and Constitutionalists
must send a message to the Clinton-Gore crowd and other gun manufacturers,
that we will not tolerate any more "Deals
with the Devil," even if it means driving Smith &
Wesson completely out of business. Some may say that driving
Smith & Wesson out of business only plays into the hands of the
Clinton-Gore crowd. But, that is most certainly NOT
The Clinton-Gore crowd
does not want that to happen, yet.
If Smith & Wesson closes its doors now, it will only solidify
resistance to further attempts at gun control and since the target
of the agreement would no longer exist, the agreement that they worked
so hard to put in place would become moot. For Smith & Wesson
to go out of business now, or even reorganize, would be the last thing
that the antigun lobby would want to see. They want to use this
agreement to force EVERY gun
manufacturer and dealer out of business.
every patriotic American to not only BOYCOTT
Smith & Wesson products, but to also boycott those
dealers who continue to carry Smith &
Reverse Boycott - Help Those Who Defend Our Rights
America also encourages
anyone who may be thinking about buying a gun later in the year to support
one or more of those patriotic gun manufacturers
and dealers, who continue to place our rights before their
own profits, by making that purchase soon. Let's call this a Reverse
Boycott. So we will BOYCOTT
Smith & Wesson and dealers who continue to carry Smith
& Wesson, while we REVERSE BOYCOTT the
patriotic manufacturers and dealers.
Contact Smith & Wesson
and tell them that you are boycotting their products and why.
Also tell them that you are contacting your local gun dealers to
inform them that you are boycotting any dealer who continues to
carry Smith & Wesson products. Please feel free to use
the sample letter
Action America site.
or call them at
Customer Service phone: 800-331-0852
Public Relations phone: 413-781-8300 ext. 299
Snailmail: Smith & Wesson, 2100 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield, MA
Follow through on what you told Smith & Wesson
and contact your local gun dealers
and let them know that you will no longer do any business with a
gun dealer who continues to carry Smith & Wesson products.
That would mean boycotting a whole department store that carries
Smith & Wesson products. The sample
on the Action America site is written so as to be sent
to either Smith & Wesson or their dealers.
a handgun from one of the remaining PATRIOTIC
gun manufacturers. But, make certain that the dealer
that you buy it from no longer carries Smith & Wesson products.
Contact House Speaker Denny Hastert (R-IL) and tell
him that we need his active support of the movement to defund the
administration's enforcement of the Smith & Wesson agreement.
This would constitute an effectual "repeal" of this sell-out agreement
and will become law. Rep. Hastert's support in this is critical.
Rep. Hastert can be contacted as follows:
Capitol Hill switchboard: 888-449-3511
Direct phone: 202-225-2976
contact House Majority Whip Tom DeLay's
office and ask him to do everything in his power to ensure, in his
role on the HUD Appropriation subcommittee, that the HUD budget
contains no funds for enforcing the Smith & Wesson agreement.
Rep. Delay can be contacted as follows:
Email: (use http://www.house.gov/writerep/
Capitol Hill switchboard: 888-449-3511
Direct phone: 202-225-5951
- or -
Kolbe's office and ask him to include language in the Treasury budget
providing that no funds will go towards enforcing the Smith & Wesson
agreement. Rep Kolbe can be contacted as follows:
Email: (use http://www.house.gov/writerep/
Capitol Hill switchboard: 888-449-3511
Direct phone: 202-225-2542
Remember that from now
on it is imperative that you make your gun purchases ONLY after confirming
that the manufacturer and dealer that you are supporting are both solidly
committed to standing firm against this Clinton-Gore attack upon our
Check the Gun
Owners of America web site for the latest information on which manufacturers
are holding the line against the treachery of the Clinton-Gore crowd
before making your purchase. After all, things are changing almost
daily. While you are at it, Action America encourages you to donate
generously to GOA to help them keep up the fight for YOUR rights on
Other good Pro 2nd Amendment
organizations that can use your help are the NRA
and the Second Amendment
KEEP AMERICA FREE!
Support the Smith
& Wesson Boycott!
2000 John Gaver
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