A Maryland gun shop is backing out of plans to sell German smart guns, which can only be fired by the owner, after it received death threats from alleged gun enthusiasts.
Andy Raymond, the co-owner of Engage Armament, which makes custom assault rifle called it a “really tough decision.”
“How can the NRA or people want to prohibit a gun when we’re supposed to be pro-gun? When we’re supposed to say that any gun is good in the right person’s hands?” Raymond said in a video response to those protesting the sale of the smart gun. “How can they say that a gun should be prohibited? How hypocritical is that?”
The NRA is opposed to the selling of the Armatix iP1 handgun, stating that the technology encroaches on Second Amendment rights.
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The smart gun is made by a German manufacturer and American gun makers have reason to believe it could make their firearms look like rotary phones next to an iPhone.
The gun is activated by an electronic chip inside a matching wristwatch that must be within 10 inches of it to fire.
“I still stand by it,” Raymond said in the 12-minute video. “If you’re pro-gun does it matter when kind of gun the person has?”
“Obviously I received numerous death threats today,” he said. “I really f---ing appreciate that. That’s f---ing classy. That’s a great thing for gun rights – when you threaten to shoot somebody.”
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Reports earlier this week said the Belinda Padilla, president and CEO of the U.S. division of firearm manufacturer Armatix, was stalked and received death threats for trying to bring smart guns into the American market.
Opponents of the gun say if the smart gun is sold it will trigger a New Jersey law that requires all handguns be personalized, the Washington Post reported.
Raymond, who refers to himself as being on the “right-wing vanguard of gun rights,” says that law is not his problem or the gunmaker’s problem.
“This is not Armatix screwing over the people of New Jersey,” he said. “It’s the legislature screwing over the people of New Jersey. Bushmaster didn’t screw over the people of Newtown. Adam Lanza did. It’s just disgusting to me to see pro-gun people acting like anti-gunners. What is free if it’s not choice?”
“I did not know I would be screwing you over,” he said to New Jersey residents. “I’m terribly sorry...You don’t have anything to worry about from me.”