Hornady pushes back on New York's anti-gun rights policies

  • 1 May 2018
  • jwoodie

The pushback against the anti-gun forces is underway. Hornady, a family-run ammunition manufacturer said it will no longer do business with New York government agencies in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's growing hostility to gun rights:

Steve Hornady, the company’s president of manufacturing, announced on social media on Friday that the ammo maker will halt sales of their products to Cuomo’s state government or agencies in the Empire State. The move comes after an order directed by Cuomo earlier last month that cautioned banks, insurance companies and lenders against involvement with the National Rifle Association and similar organizations. Slamming the Governor’s move as one of the most “despicable acts ever perpetrated by any state,” Hornady closed the doors to the state.

“While it may not make a difference to New York, Hornady will not knowingly allow our ammunition to be sold to the Government of the State of NY or any NY agencies,” Hornady said. “Their actions are a blatant and disgusting abuse of office and we won’t be associated with a government that acts like that.”

The move comes after Cuomo directed state-regulated banks and insurers to review their relationships with firearms manufacturers and suppliers:

The guidance issued by Cuomo came from the state’s Department of Financial Services on April 19 in the form of official letters to all DFS-regulated insurers and banks in the state. In the missives, Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo urged financial institutions to examine their relationships with the NRA and organizations that promote guns to take “prompt actions to manage these risks” when it came to protecting their corporate reputations. Pointing to the public backlash on gun rights groups and firearm companies in the wake of a high-profile mass shootings that have dominated the news cycle, Vullo encouraged those regulated by her agency that “Corporations are demonstrating that business can lead the way and bring about the kind of positive social change needed to minimize the chance that we will witness more of these senseless tragedies.”

We have said that each business is freedom to pursue whatever policies they wish regarding the Second Amendment. In this instance, Hornady has decided it is better to take a potential financial hit than continue to be used as a scapegoat -- and potential legal pinata -- for New York politicians, who have decided they have no obligation to uphold all parts of the Bill of Rights.