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Letter from Barrett firearms to LAPD
California NRA Members' Councils ^ | 12-11-02 | Ronnie Barrett

Posted on 02/04/2003 6:32:45 PM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan

Chief William J. Bratton
Los Angeles Police Department
150 North Los Angeles Street

Re: LAPD 82A Rifle, Serial No. 11**

Dear Chief Bratton,

I, a U.S. citizen, own Barrett Firearms Mfg. Inc., and for 20 years I have built .50 caliber rifles for my fellow citizens, for their Law Enforcement departments and for their nation's armed forces.

You may be aware of the latest negative misinformation campaign from a Washington based anti-gun group, the Violence Policy Center. The VPC has, for three or so years, been unsuccessful in Washington, D.C. trying to demonize and ban a new subclass of firearms, the .50 caliber and other "too powerful" rifles. This type of nibbling process has been historically successful in civilian disarmament of other nations governed by totalitarian and other regimes less tolerant of individual rights than the United States .

The VPC's most recent efforts directs this misinformation campaign at your state, attempting to get any California body to pass any law against .50 caliber firearms. In March 2002 the VPC caused the California State Assembly, Public Safety Committee to consider and reject the issue by a 5 to 0 with 1 abstaining vote.

Regrettably, the same material has been presented to your city council. I personally attended the council meeting in Los Angeles regarding attempts to bar ownership of the .50 caliber rifle in your city. I was allowed to briefly address the council. The tone of the discussion was mostly emotionally based, so the facts that I attempted to provide were ineffective to the extent they were heard at all. The council voted to have the city attorney draft an ordinance to ban the .50, and further, to instruct the city's representatives in Sacramento and in Washington D.C. to push for bans at their respective levels.

At that council meeting, I was very surprised to see an LAPD officer seated front and center with a Barrett 82A1 .50 cal rifle. It was the centerpiece of the discussion. As you know, there have been no crimes committed with these rifles, and most importantly, current California law does not allow the sale of the M82AI in the state because of its detachable magazine and features that make it an "assault weapon." This rifle was being deceptively used by your department. The officer portrayed it as a sample of a currently available .50 cal rifle, available for sale to the civilians of Los Angeles. One councilman even questioned how this rifle was available under current laws, but as I stated, facts were ineffective that day.

Your officer, speaking for the LAPD, endorsed the banning of this rifle and its ammunition. Then he used the rifle for photo ops with the Councilmen each of whom, in handling the firearm, may have been committing a felony. I was amazed.

Since 1968, with the closing of the U.S. Springfield Amory, all of the small arms produced for the various government agencies are from the private sector. Every handgun, rifle or shotgun that law enforcement needs comes from this firearms industry. Unless the City of Los Angeles has plans of setting up its own firearms manufacturing, it may need to guard the manufacturing sources it has now.

When I returned to my office from Los Angeles, I found an example of our need for mutual cooperation. Your department had sent one of your 82A1 rifles in to us for service. All of my knowledge in the use of my rifle in the field of law enforcement had been turned upside down by witnessing how your department used yours. Not to protect and serve, but for deception, photo opportunities, and to further an ill-conceived effort that may result in the use of LA taxpayer monies to wage losing political battles in Washington against civil liberties regarding gun ownership.

Please excuse my slow response on the repair service of the rifle. I am battling to what service I am repairing the rifle for. I will not sell, nor service, my rifles to those seeking to infringe upon the Constitution and the crystal clear rights it affords individuals to own firearms.

I implore you to investigate the facts of the .50, to consider the liberties of the law-abiding people and our mutual coexistence, and to change your department's position on this issue.

Sincerely,
BARRETT FIREARMS MANUFACTURING, INC.

Ronnie Barrett
President


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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Not unlike the freddies and the moose parading around the variety of semi auto rifles
and their inacurate portrayel of their (the rifles) being particularly deadly compared to any other rifle of rifle of similar or larger caliber...

But then truth is not the weapon of choice for gun grabbers and others who hate Americans and their freedom...
21 posted on 02/04/2003 8:05:20 PM PST by joesnuffy
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To: Mulder
I've been wanting to buy one for a while, just because the gun grabbers don't want me to have one.
22 posted on 02/04/2003 8:13:04 PM PST by FreedomPoster (This space intentionally blank)
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To: joesnuffy
"But then truth is not the weapon of choice for gun grabbers and others who hate Americans and their freedom..."



Connecting the War on Guns & Drugs [my title]
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23 posted on 02/04/2003 8:23:21 PM PST by tpaine
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To: dd5339
LAPD & SR of Kalifornia vs 50BMG, Barrett and THE TRUTH!
PING
24 posted on 02/04/2003 8:33:47 PM PST by cavtrooper21 (Shoot 'em if they stand, cut 'em if they run!)
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To: Shooter 2.5
The battle won't get to me...at least not anytime soon. Luckily most places in my neck of the woods are a good fifty years from even thinking about being like "progressive" California. Mind you, I feel for those good people who are left in communist states such as CA.
25 posted on 02/04/2003 8:35:05 PM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace (The one and only.)
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Since 1968, with the closing of the U.S. Springfield Armory, all of the small arms produced for the various government agencies are from the private sector. Every handgun, rifle or shotgun that law enforcement needs comes from this firearms industry. Unless the City of Los Angeles has plans of setting up its own firearms manufacturing, it may need to guard the manufacturing sources it has now.

I say that the firearm manufacturers refuse to sell to state agencies like California, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. The states with harsh gun control laws take the customers of these manufacturers and will most likely file lawsuits against them in the future. Let the cops go unarmed and see how long the order of state holds together without evil guns.

26 posted on 02/04/2003 8:36:50 PM PST by 2nd_Amendment_Defender
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
The battle won't get to me...at least not anytime soon. Luckily most places in my neck of the woods are a good fifty years from even thinking about being like "progressive" California.

The battle may come to you sooner than you think possible. Harsh federal gun control laws could be put in place that could nationally destroy the 2nd Amendment in the future.

27 posted on 02/04/2003 8:44:56 PM PST by 2nd_Amendment_Defender
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Since 1968, with the closing of the U.S. Springfield Amory, all of the small arms produced for the various government agencies are from the private sector. Every handgun, rifle or shotgun that law enforcement needs comes from this firearms industry. Unless the City of Los Angeles has plans of setting up its own firearms manufacturing, it may need to guard the manufacturing sources it has now.

When I returned to my office from Los Angeles, I found an example of our need for mutual cooperation. Your department had sent one of your 82A1 rifles in to us for service. All of my knowledge in the use of my rifle in the field of law enforcement had been turned upside down by witnessing how your department used yours. Not to protect and serve, but for deception, photo opportunities, and to further an ill-conceived effort that may result in the use of LA taxpayer monies to wage losing political battles in Washington against civil liberties regarding gun ownership.

Please excuse my slow response on the repair service of the rifle. I am battling to what service I am repairing the rifle for. I will not sell, nor service, my rifles to those seeking to infringe upon the Constitution and the crystal clear rights it affords individuals to own firearms.

I implore you to investigate the facts of the .50, to consider the liberties of the law-abiding people and our mutual coexistence, and to change your department's position on this issue.

ATTA BOY RONNIE!

Now if the other manufacturers could demonstrate a lick of common sense and switch on to the FACT that this is one of the most effective tools (free enterprise) to protect all of our rights, the howling of screechy little communist anti-American rights-robbers of the anti-gun clicks will fall on VERY deaf ears!

28 posted on 02/04/2003 8:45:02 PM PST by TLI
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
My response would be: "Fix it yourselves. Also, no further orders for my firearms will be accepted from the LAPD."

But that's just me.

Thanks for posting this Harry.

L

29 posted on 02/04/2003 8:47:39 PM PST by Lurker (A 230 grain JHP at 900 fps means never having to say your sorry.)
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
"Anyone who voluntarily lives in Kalifornia deserves what he/she gets in my humble opinion.

It's coming your way so don't gloat

30 posted on 02/04/2003 8:48:13 PM PST by alphadog (die commie scum)
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To: Beelzebubba
"Our militarized "law enforcement" has become the standing army our founders feared"

Best quote of the day...IMHO

31 posted on 02/04/2003 8:55:25 PM PST by alphadog (die commie scum)
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
These [insert caliber here] type guns are too dangerous, they kill people! They must be banned!
32 posted on 02/04/2003 9:00:42 PM PST by gilor
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Wow! What a letter. To bad some of us have to suffer out here in the peoples republic of commifornia!
33 posted on 02/04/2003 9:02:02 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (A penny saved is a liberal governmental oversite!!!)
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
I found out it takes only five people on a town council to make a person put their house up for sale.
34 posted on 02/04/2003 9:02:36 PM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: Squantos
Big bump, and congratulations, Barrett!
35 posted on 02/04/2003 9:05:38 PM PST by MonroeDNA (What's the frequency, Kenneth?)
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To: Beelzebubba
Our militarized "law enforcement" has become the standing army our founders feared.

Couldn't have said it better myself. War is coming.

36 posted on 02/04/2003 9:12:09 PM PST by Noumenon
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Here's what the VPC says: Criminal Use of the 50 Caliber Sniper Rifle
Two of the instances they list:
Branch Davidian cult members fired 50 caliber sniper rifles at federal agents during their initial gun battle on February 28, 1993. The weapons' ability to penetrate "any tactical vehicle in the FBI's inventory" prompted the agency to request military armored vehicles "to give FBI personnel adequate protection from the .50 caliber rifles" and other more powerful weapons the Branch Davidians might have had.

On February 27, 1992, a Wells Fargo armored delivery truck was attacked in a "military style operation" in Chamblee, Georgia, by several men using a smoke grenade and a Barrett 50 caliber sniper rifle. Two employees were wounded.

37 posted on 02/04/2003 9:14:17 PM PST by zx2dragon
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Wow ! Harry ole Buddy when you pop up here and there you do so with a bang ! Great Read......

Time to buy a new Barrett any Barrett ...... Now if S&W, Colt, SIG and Glock et al would grow some balls and do likewise versus diggin their own graves per se......

Stay safe !!

38 posted on 02/04/2003 10:15:30 PM PST by Squantos (RKBA the original version of Homeland Security .....the one proven method that works !)
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To: MonroeDNA
Thanks for the PING MonroeDNA.....hows the Marine ? Anything we can send him to make his "stay" easier ?

Stay Safe !

39 posted on 02/04/2003 10:17:36 PM PST by Squantos (RKBA the original version of Homeland Security .....the one proven method that works !)
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
If properly worded a ban on .50 cal weapons, can also include any shotgun larger than .28 ga.
40 posted on 02/04/2003 10:29:17 PM PST by c-b 1
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