Dana Safety Supply Stops Selling Semi Auto Rifles to Civilians So Sheriff Pulls out


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Carpedium
January 3, 2013, 10:39 AM
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Well, another vendor has joined the ranks of those that fail to completely honor the Second Amendment.

Dana Safety Supply has stated that they will no longer sell self loading rifles to civilians and will reserve those rifles for sale only to law enforcement agencies.

According to numerous reader reports Dana Safety Supply has issued the following statement which suspends their sale of semi automatic rifles to civilians.

http://gunssavelives.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/IMAG2065.jpg

This would put Dana in the company of several other companies who have adopted the same policy in recent days.

Well hey, at least they have their law enforcement sales to keep them in business, right?

Wait, not so fast?

One Sheriff in Oconee County, GA begs to differ. Sheriff Scott Barry tells us:

Well, I have done business in the past with DSS and found them to be an excellent source of products that we buy…however, I just sent them this email

Sirs,
It is my understanding that you have stopped selling self loading rifles to members of the general public in favor of selling them to law enforcement officers only.
I deeply regret that decision. As such, this agency will no longer seek bids from or purchase from DSS.
Thank you for your time and attention to this email.
Sheriff Scott Berry
Oconee County Georgia Sheriffs Office

Kudos to Sheriff Berry for standing up for the civilian right to bear arms.

If anyone is interested the following companies are also owned by the same people who own Dana Safety Supply:

Dana Safety Supply, Atlanta, GA
Southern Firearms, Greensboro, NC
Palmetto Firearms, Columbia, SC
Central Firearms, Tampa, FL
Dana Safety Supply, Miami, FL
Duval Honda
Duval Ford
Duval Acura
Duval Mazda at the Avenues
Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville
Subaru of Gainesville
Tampa Honda Land
Countryside Ford of Clearwater
Countryside Mazda of Clearwater
U.S. Auto Credit
Scott-McRae Advertising
Cause to Communicate
Commercial Landscape Solutions

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Tommygunn
January 3, 2013, 12:02 PM
Good for Sheriff Berry!!!!!!

I like it when LEOs do something positive to stand by the civilians whom they're sworn to protect. I've always respected police for their willingness to do a job that involves a great deal of really unpleasant nonsense -- to say nothing of the dangers involved.

As for the store, I hope they get smart real soon. I would urge everyone in their vicinity to search elsewhere -- even if it's a Wal Mart or other big box store.
Semiauto rifles have been around 100 years.
The brouhaha over guns is getting absurd. Police asked to leave at a Denny's....proposed bans that do nothing.... now this.

Ryanxia
January 3, 2013, 12:21 PM
That's ridiculous.

I would point out however that your title says not selling to civilians when in fact they are still selling to law enforcement which is still civilian.

Skribs
January 3, 2013, 12:26 PM
Ryanxia, in terms of firearms, there's military, LEO, and civilian sales. Some things are open to LEO that aren't to civilians.

Companies that do this make me sick, and I'm glad for this sheriff. I think its hilarious when a company neuters itself by limited the scope of potential customers on purpose.

cane
January 3, 2013, 01:44 PM
Just to clarify terms, remember dictionary's? My Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary defines "Civilian" as one not on active duty in a military, police, or fire fighting force.

TenDriver
January 3, 2013, 02:20 PM
Just posted a message on their Facebook page. I'm not the only one either.

twofifty
January 3, 2013, 04:25 PM
Just to clarify terms, remember dictionary's? My Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary defines "Civilian" as one not on active duty in a military, police, or fire fighting force.
Cane I'll certainly agree that dictionaries are useful. Look up how the letter s pluralizes a word without preceding it with an apostrophe.

psyopspec
January 3, 2013, 04:53 PM
Some things are open to LEO that aren't to civilians.

Can you provide some examples? I hadn't given this much thought, but I'm racking my brain and unable to come up with anything.

Fryerpower
January 3, 2013, 05:13 PM
Can you provide some examples? I hadn't given this much thought, but I'm racking my brain and unable to come up with anything.
Magazines over 10 rounds during the 1994 AWB for starters.

Jim

Deus Machina
January 3, 2013, 05:19 PM
In some states LEOs can buy a taser where a normal citizen can't, can buy stronger pepper spray and, of course, the agencies can buy fully automatic weapons.

Kristensdaddy
January 3, 2013, 05:46 PM
Sheriff Berry is in my neighboring county. Strait up good guy. I wish I lived where I could vote for him.

Skribs
January 3, 2013, 06:23 PM
Psyopspec, there is the obvious NFA that most companies advertise specifically to LEO/military. Go to the page of some brands that makes a lot of military weapons (HK and FN, for example) and you'll find the "civilian" section and the "military/LEO" section. Keep in mind that civilians can't legally buy a SMG/assault rifle made after 1986, so maybe that's not the fault of the manufacturer. Smaller companies will have the NFA items available with "standard NFA restrictions apply".

To further the issue, try to buy a NIB FNS with no manual safety as a civilian. I recall that one user on (may have been this) forum sent a letter/email asking why that model was not available to civilians, and it basically boiled down to "because you suck, and we hate you." I know it's an HK meme, but I had to use it for FN. They basically said civilians can't be trusted without a safety, but that it's low profile so if you don't want to use it you don't have to.

I know it's a small example, but it is an example of a company (and a major company at that) refusing to sell a certain model of weapon to civilians even though it is completely legal. Of course, it means that instead of getting a FNS with no manual safety, I bought a M&P with no manual safety, so that's FN's loss.

wannabeagunsmith
January 3, 2013, 06:30 PM
If it comes down to it, we will rally behind LEO's such as him *if* the UN comes for us....

JustinJ
January 3, 2013, 06:49 PM
If it comes down to it, we will rally behind LEO's such as him *if* the UN comes for us....

And that's why gun owners are so commonly seen as paranoid.

M-Cameron
January 3, 2013, 07:01 PM
can someone tell me whats with all the hullabaloo over "semi-automatic" weapons currently?

is it because the CT shooter used a semi-automatic firearm? hell, just about every shooting for the last century has been a semi-auto, why is it just now everyone got their knickers in a bunch?

Fryerpower
January 3, 2013, 07:17 PM
And that's why gun owners are so commonly seen as paranoid.
How does that old saying go?
"Just because I am paranoid does not mean they are not out to get me!"

jakk280rem
January 3, 2013, 07:35 PM
Is it possible this may be a little less caustic than it seems? Is it possible DSS suspended sales to civilians to ensure an adequate supply of duty rifles to an incoming class of LEO's? I mean that literally, I don't know, the letter doesn't give many details. Could DSS be running so low on patrol quality rifles and gear that it has suspended sales in order to preserve stock on hand in order to provide public safety officers a chance to buy one?

Skribs
January 3, 2013, 07:40 PM
It's possible, however unlikely Jakk. If it were to conserve the existing stock for LEO, they should have mentioned it was due to the fact that they have a limitted supply they need to ration to police. Without mentioning that fact, it makes it look like they're joining the ranks of companies that are jumping on the "reasonable" bandwagon. Whether intentional or PR blunder, it looks bad for the company and I would be behind the Sheriff 100% if I lived there.

JustinJ
January 3, 2013, 07:42 PM
How does that old saying go?
"Just because I am paranoid does not mean they are not out to get me!"

Actually, if people were actually out to get you then you wouldn't be definition be paranoid.

But no, the UN is not out to get us.

Ms_Dragon
January 3, 2013, 08:13 PM
I would be making my feelings know on the face book pages of every business they own.

Most businesses have a YELP page as well where you can rate the business and write a review.
Makes sense to give other people the heads up.

Gtscotty
January 3, 2013, 08:40 PM
Hurray for my home town (county) sheriff!

Scott Barry has been the sheriff in Oconee since I was very young, and has a great reputation with the residents. Its great to see some LEOs standing up for our rights. All too often, the only LEO voices we hear on gun control issues are the ones trumpeted on the news questioning why civilians need such "assault weapons", and claiming that our rights compromise their officer's safety.

p.s. - With Clyde Armory right down the road, I think Sheriff Barry will have no problem procuring top equipment for his department.

Fryerpower
January 3, 2013, 08:44 PM
Actually, if people were actually out to get you then you wouldn't be definition be paranoid.

But no, the UN is not out to get us.
I don't remember saying I was paranoid. I believe I quoted a common saying from the 60's hippie culture.

Jim

Bayou Redd
January 3, 2013, 08:46 PM
Now there's a Sheriff with Intergrity!!!

xnmw
January 3, 2013, 08:46 PM
Dang... I bought my last car from them, too.

Al Thompson
January 3, 2013, 10:39 PM
Is it possible DSS suspended sales to civilians to ensure an adequate supply of duty rifles to an incoming class of LEO's?

Absolutely not. The SC store is just down the road from my house and I used to work for the previous corporate owner. The parent company is not gun friendly at all and forbids the employees from carrying or possessing firearms on company property.

There are better choices and places to shop.

IdahoSkies
January 3, 2013, 10:42 PM
Wow. I will have to cross PSA off my list then. That really sucks. I like their stuff.

Al Thompson
January 3, 2013, 11:02 PM
Whoa!

This is not Palmetto State Armory! We lurve our Palmettos here and have lots of companies with that in the name. PSA is a totally different corperation and recently won me back by selling AR lowers for pre massacre prices when they could have gouged.

IdahoSkies
January 3, 2013, 11:06 PM
You know. I should have caught that. Thanks for the heads up and sorry to put bad (if mistaken) press out on a great company.

Saddlebag Preacher
January 3, 2013, 11:10 PM
As a retired LEO, I can tell you that before KY became a CCW state, it was (and still is) an open carry state. I was in a very bad spot on a rural hwy one night and a citizen who OC'd helped me instead of driving by. I have always been a pro Gun and am thankful one chose to have one that night.

The sheriff sounds like he took his oath to "uphold the constitution" seriously, as I did. He's making a good point to this store.

I see a lot of anti-cop talk here and there, but to be honest, most "fly-over states" cops aren't brainwashed into believing only Military and Police should have guns. BUT, most CITY police Chief's are appointed and follow the Mayor's talking points to keep their jobs. County Sherrrif's answer to the people.

God bless 'Em

heeler
January 3, 2013, 11:12 PM
Glad to get that clarified because I was considering ordering some Blazer Brass 9mm from PSA just the other day due to an e-mail from them and was aghast to think they were owned by this group.

BlueBronco
January 3, 2013, 11:46 PM
As a retired LEO, I can tell you that before KY became a CCW state, it was (and still is) an open carry state. I was in a very bad spot on a rural hwy one night and a citizen who OC'd helped me instead of driving by. I have always been a pro Gun and am thankful one chose to have one that night.

The sheriff sounds like he took his oath to "uphold the constitution" seriously, as I did. He's making a good point to this store.

I see a lot of anti-cop talk here and there, but to be honest, most "fly-over states" cops aren't brainwashed into believing only Military and Police should have guns. BUT, most CITY police Chief's are appointed and follow the Mayor's talking points to keep their jobs. County Sherrrif's answer to the people.

God bless 'Em

SaddlebagPreacher, As a private citizen, this has been my experience regarding Sheriff's offices vs. city police agencies. There have been some exceptions of course.

TexasGlock23
January 4, 2013, 06:10 AM
their FB page is being blown up

Ranald
January 4, 2013, 06:28 AM
So, How many "PSA's" are there? which one is the bad guys?

Al Thompson
January 4, 2013, 09:48 AM
Palmetto Distributors is the Columbia South Carolina retail store for DSS. There are other stores in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. They do not have internet sales.

Palmetto State Armory is completely different, owned by different folks and is in no way related to the offending corporation.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/

ZXD9
January 4, 2013, 12:05 PM
Sheriff Berry is my local Sheriff. A great no BS guy. Runs a great operation.

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