Jerry Tsai, Editor of 'Recoil,' Apologizes For Saying Civilians Shouldn't Own Submachine Gun

| by Michael Allen

Jerry Tsai, editor of the firearms magazine Recoil, is apologizing for after saying that civilians should not be allowed to buy the MP7A, a concealable submachine gun that penetrates body armor, reports

Tsai wrote in Recoil magazine: "The MP71A [sic] is unavailable to civilians and for good measure,”We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of.”

But many gun owners saw Tsai’s writing as attack on the Second Amendment and mounted a social media boycott to pressure advertisers to leave the magazine.

Numerous firearms companies pledged not to advertise in Recoil, including Bravo Company Manufacturing, Silencerco, Magpul, Haley Strategic Partners, Imminent Tactical Solutions, Panteao Productions and Surefire.

On Facebook, Tsai tried to defend his statement: “Is it wrong that HK decided against selling a full-auto pocket sized machine gun that can penetrate armor from hundreds of yards away? It’s their decision to make and their decision they have to live with not mine nor anybody else’s. I accepted their answer for what it was out of respect for those serving in uniform.”

Those statements spurred more calls for boycotts, so Tsai issued a full apology: "First and foremost, I’d like to apologize for any offense that I have caused with the article. With the benefit of hindsight, I now understand the outrage, and I am greatly saddened that it was initiated by my words. I retract what I wrote in the offending paragraph within this article.”