MD Dealer Backs Down On Selling “Smart Gun” After Protests, Death Threats


A suburban Washington, D.C., gun store owner who said he would sell the nation's first smart gun — even after a California gun store removed the weapon from its shelves to placate angry gun-rights activists — backed down last night after enduring a day of protests and death threats, the Washington Post reports. Andy Raymond, co-owner of Engage Armament, a store known for its custom assault rifles, had said that offering the Armatix iP1 handgun was a “really tough decision” after what happened to the Oak Tree Gun Club near Los Angeles. Oak Tree was lambasted by gun owners and National Rifle Association members who fear the new technology will be mandated and will encroach on Second Amendment rights.

“If the same reaction happens here, we'll be out of business,” Raymond said. He had said he was willing to risk selling the gun in Rockville, Md., because Maryland, with its strict gun-control laws, “has already essentially put us out of business.” He also believes that firearms such as Armatix's will expand the market to people who want an ultra-safe gun. After hundreds of protests on his store's Facebook page and online forums — a repeat of what Oak Tree faced — Raymond released a long video on the Facebook page saying he had received death threats and would not sell the gun. He apologized and took responsibility for the decision. He had sold none of the smart guns and would not, he said.

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