Skip to comments.Jeremy Alcede Gets a Lesson Supply and Demand(TX)
Posted on 08/03/2012 9:01:07 AM PDT by marktwain
It seems a lot of customers have been demanding to know why Alcede publicly supported the Stop Online Ammo Sales bill. And throwing his lot in with dedicated gun grabbers probably caused demand for his products to fall faster than Facebooks stock price. Our post yesterday detailed Jeremy Alcedes eagerness to toss online ammo sellers under the bus thus eliminating some of his competition and putting a few more shekels in his pocket. We tried to reach Jeremy for comment, but he musta been kinda busy handling the blowback that resulted from his radio interview. But reader geekay got a response from the Katy, Texas retailer and forwarded Alcedes email along to us. Make the jump to read it. Just be sure you dont get trampled during all the furious Zumbo-esque backpeddling . . .
First, I want to get it out there that I DO NOT support an ammo sales ban. I am never comfortable with any idea that puts firearms or any firearms related item and ban in the same sentence. I am not a traitor to the 2nd Amendment. I believe all law abiding citizens should be able to possess as many firearms as they want. Fear is used as a tactic regularly and after the most recent scare with the UN Treaty, I must admit that I felt threatened. Threatened that they would sign something into law that banned firearms and this ammo deal seemed like an easy compromise. Here, have the ammo deal but keep your eyes off of my guns.
My opinion on the online sales ban was clearly made out of being uneducated in the way that laws are passed. I honestly did not see an issue with banning online sales of ammo. I have never purchased ammo online, even before I opened this store 2 years ago, so I really didnt think stopping online sales would be a big deal. I said if you give them an inch, they will take a mile and I truly did not believe that this was giving them anything. The phone calls and emails that I have received have told me a completely different story. The outraged citizens that heard my radio interview and took the time to call or email to voice their opinion, also took the time to talk to me, to explain to me where I am missing the point. I had no idea how passing something into law works and how allowing online sales to be banned opens the door for that law to be amended to change the type of ammo, or the amount, or caliber the list goes on and on.
When the comments and emails started coming in after the interview I definitely did not understand the anger. Some people claimed my statement was based on greed, based on profit- and this is absolutely not the case. My prices are competitive with online pricing and in most cases after shipping I beat online prices. I do not gouge our customers like some have speculated. Tactical Firearms is the largest class III dealer in the US, 1 of 3 master distributors of Fiocchi Ammunition, and I strive to offer the best customer service to everyone that walks through the doors. My business runs on volume and the prices are set to drive that volume. My opinion was not formed from fear of competition but the lack of experience with purchasing ammo online and the lack of knowledge of politics.
I am all about protecting our rights, including our right to privacy. When they passed the law that requires the Southern states to file multi-rifle reports I upgraded our FFL to become a manufacturer so that, by law, I was not required to file those reports anymore. I was contacted by the ATF and asked if I would please still file them as a courtesy and I let them know that it wasnt going to happen.
I have posted contact information for our local government on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/tacticalfirearms and urged our customers to contact them and fight for our rights. The idea that anyone believes that I support anything anti-gun is heartbreaking but this experience has certainly opened my eyes and I have learned a lot in these past 24 hours. I see it now. I feel foolish for thinking there was such thing as compromising in this regard. Matt Patrick with 740 AM has invited me back on the show tomorrow morning 8/3/2012 to clear the air.
Maybe a healthy donation to the Second Amendment Foundation, to help with their Chicago lawsuits, would be in order.
zumbo effect now in play.
Question of the Day: Would You Buy a Gun From This Man?
Posted on August 2, 2012 by Dan Zimmerman @ thetruthaboutguns.com
Jeremy Alcede owns Tactical Firearms in Katy, Texas. Click here for a recent interview he gave a Houston radio station. The subject: Lautenberg and McCarthys Stop Online Ammo Sales bill. And heres the ostensible reason hes concocted for giving two of Congresss most dedicated gun-grabbers his support: if we give them this one let them ban on-line ammo sales theyll go away and leave our guns alone. Relax, he isnt really that dumb. Actually its much worse than that . . .
Jeremy knows damned good and well that the only way people like Lautenberg, McCarthy, Schumer, Feinstein, the Bradys, et al. will be ultimately satisfied is when firearms and ammo sales are restricted to police and the military. Period. Alcede isnt so naive as to think theyd go away and he says as much:
I mean, theyre never gonna stop. This is just an ongoing thing that, you know, I dont agree with anything, you know, you give em an inch and theyll take a mile. But if this is gonna shut em up then give it to them.
So if he knows regulating online ammo sales out of existence wont begin to mollify the anti-2A forces, why is he willing to get behind their bill? Because it would be good for business. His business.
No, the only good thing that can come out of this is, you know, its gonna not allow these big online companies to purchase ammo from the manufacturers. So the manufacturers are gonna be overloaded with ammo so guess what that means. Theyre gonna be calling me saying look, Im gonna give you an extra $1.50 off a box, please buy it, please buy it. So it might actually lower the cost for you, the consumer. I know if I get it lower, Im gonna sell it lower to you.
See? All those pain-in-the-ass online sellers like Lucky Gunner, Cheaper Than Dirt, Brownells and the others are only costing you money, Mr. John Q. Gunowner. If we can just eliminate some of Jeremys competition, it will actually save you a few Samolians!
Thats right. In Alcedes world, where the sky must be an interesting shade of chartreuse, more competition means higher prices for consumers. Adam Smith, please call your office.
Make no mistake. Jeremys only too happy to throw a bone to people whod like nothing more than to take your guns away and give them an incremental win if it means a few extra bucks in his collaborationist pocket. As Alcede makes a point of saying when asked about large quantity ammo sales from his store, we dont sell personally to turds. The question is, as someone who values their Second Amendment rights, why would you give any of your money to one?
That right there is all I needed to read.
This guy had better make a serious contrition, or gun owners won't buy from him.
Too many American businessmen have the natural impulse to follow the loudest mouth and that mouth controls ABCNBCCBSPBSCNNMSNBC. Liberalism has a loud and authorative voice, but it is usually elitist and out of touch with truth and reality.