Mass resistance: Maryland gun store backs off from poison-pill ‘smart gun’

Mass resistance: Maryland gun store backs off from poison-pill ‘smart gun’

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A Maryland gun store owner who was standing by his decision to sell the Armatix iP1 smart gun on May 1st has done an about-face and announced on May 2nd that the gun will not be for sale.

The pushback from customers and gun rights advocates was simply overwhelming.

Oak Tree Gun Club in California tried to sell the smart gun and faced a similar backlash from law-abiding gun owners.

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The Maryland gun store is Engage Armament, and Maryland’s most recent gun control laws have put the business under such strain that store owner Andy Raymond was willing to try to anything to stay afloat. However, according to The Washington Post, after enduring a day “of protests and death threats” on May 1st, Raymond threw in the towel. He will not be selling the Armatix smart gun.

The catch with the smart gun is that New Jersey has a 2002 law in place which makes it clear that once a viable smart gun is available for retail sale then smart guns are all that will be legal in New Jersey. …

There were many who feared an even partially successful debut of the smart gun in Maryland would lead to a non-smart-gun ban in New Jersey.

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