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Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby Shane Goddard on Thu 09 Apr, 2009 1:22 pm

March 14, 2008

Chief Boisse Correa
Honolulu Police Department
801 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Dear Chief Correa:

I am Ronnie Barrett, President of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc. In 1982, I invented a rifle and started producing it in my gravel-floor garage. Through hard work and financial risk, my company has grown into a brand that is known around the world for its products and services.

What began for me as a personal sport shooting rifle has evolved into one that is used by many sportsmen throughout the country, the United States military, law enforcement agencies and by nearly 50 American allied countries around the world.

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, like all U.S. small arms defense contractors, has a combination of civilian, police and government defense sales in order to sustain its business life. This is the only way we can stand ready when products are needed in both peacetime and during war.

Simply put, the small arms defense industry in America would not survive if not for commercial sales, which are a significant part of our business. Unless the government is ready to bring back its manufacturing arsenals that were finally closed in 1968, it needs to guard and protect the privately-owned businesses that provide these essential products.

The act of a governmental entity banning commercial sales of legal firearms, such as my .50 caliber rifle, not only violates the basic principles of the United States Constitution, but also puts national security at risk by ending the delicate balance between the government and the private sector. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that endangers the future of other vital defense contractors.

How important is this particular rifle? In 2004, the United States Army named the Barrett M107 Rifle as one of the Top 10 Greatest Inventions for helping our brave service men and women do their jobs. The free enterprise system allowed me, a civilian sportsman and manufacturer, to perfect that rifle and get it into the hands of those who use it to defend freedom.

I am, of course, aware that you are receiving exaggerated and untrue information that is originating from the Violence Policy Center. For many years The VPC has claimed an urgent need to ban powerful rifles by predicting some attack will soon happen that would result in preposterous destruction. Well, as much as they promote the attack idea, they don’t happen, as this is not the type of weapon our enemies are using against us.
VPC’s call for urgent action is in hopes that no time will be spent in factual research that easily reveals the irrationality of these exaggerated claims. All of these tactics have failed to work in Washington, D.C. Now, the VPC’s plan is to continue this deception at the state level.

I was in law enforcement myself for several years. There is something that bothers me, and I believe it should bother you as a police official. Sir, your general testimony and statements must be based on factual evidence. All police work in this great nation must be firmly grounded in facts, collected evidence, and the solid truth.

Throughout history, when police work was contaminated with innuendos, fabrications and fear tactics, the society was doomed. Now, I must ask you how many murders can you report that were committed in your jurisdiction with a .50-caliber rifle? How many robberies? How many .50-caliber rifles have you found at crime scenes? The answers should be the true facts; anything else is the destroyer of our society, our great republic.

It is the law. Barrett Firearms Manufacturing cannot sell our products to those who break the law even though the officials responsible may not yet be indicted. Barrett will not support a state or local government that is obviously in violation of the United States Constitution thereby jeopardizing the safety and security of its citizens.

Be aware there are more companies that will respect this position. If Hawaii or any state bans the sale of the .50-caliber rifle, we will immediately stop the sale and service of all Barrett products to that state’s government agencies. We will also welcome all small arms manufacturers to take the same action.

Sincerely,

Ronnie G. Barrett
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby paulyfly on Mon 20 Apr, 2009 5:26 pm

Ronnie Barrett is right up there with Paul Revere! A true American Patriot!

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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby darksoldier300 on Mon 20 Apr, 2009 7:55 pm

ronni is my hero
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby Think_Again on Tue 21 Apr, 2009 5:44 am

Very well done. Kudos to Barrett. And thanks from another American.
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby Yeadon on Tue 21 Apr, 2009 10:25 pm

darksoldier300 wrote:ronni is my hero


+1 on that!!!!!!!
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby Hognuts on Wed 22 Apr, 2009 12:07 am

Would be great if he makes it on the board with NRA, me thinks that would be beneficial to all of the fifty owners in the country.....he's got my vote.
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby DEDMNKY on Wed 22 Apr, 2009 12:40 am

And my vote also Ronnie is my hero
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby SuperDuster on Wed 22 Apr, 2009 2:07 am

Glad you moved this over. Having lived here for as long as I have and having to listen to the chief of police's hypocrasy drives me and every other gun owner here nuts! Only his buddies or family members get concealed carry permits, as he has the power to issue them to whom he chooses, so it is nice to see someone put this guy in his place. He probably does not even care, though, as he probably has little knowledge of firearms or their proper uses. He probably considers himself above all of us, anyways. It is sad because there are a lot of good law enforcement officers here who are in touch with the reality of firearms and their uses. Thanks for sticking up for us, Ronnie!
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby tbuck on Wed 22 Apr, 2009 6:39 pm

Yes stand on your own two feet and speek your peace. There are no freebies good call Ronnie Barrett
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby davey101 on Thu 21 May, 2009 11:30 am

QUESTION: DID MR BARRET EVER GET A REPLY FROM HONOLULU POLICE CHIEF??
IF MR BARRET HAS RECEIVED A REPLY, WILL HE SHARED IT IN THIS FORUM?

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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby cby on Thu 21 May, 2009 1:56 pm

Ronnie Barrett for Prez in 2012!!!
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby LeoAtrox on Tue 16 Jun, 2009 1:56 pm

I love this letter. Makes me want to manufacture firearms just so I could refuse to sell them to Hawaii in support of the .50-cal, Barrett, and other firearms companies.

(Seriously, I was considering a manufacturing FFL just so I could buy parts to assemble for myself. Local FFL said not to though; because if I don't have a business--i.e. if I don't make a profit on sales to gun shops and/or distributors--BAFTE will terminate the license.)

I'm curious though why California didn't receive the same type of letter ... (Did they?) Do they get the same prohibitions against their government agencies? Just curious; I don't know the answer.
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby Shadow on Wed 17 Jun, 2009 12:21 am

LeoAtrox wrote:I'm curious though why California didn't receive the same type of letter ... (Did they?) Do they get the same prohibitions against their government agencies? Just curious; I don't know the answer.


Here ya go... This was one written in 2002. There may have been others, but I actually remember this one being discussed on the various forums. You need to read the whole thing (carefully) to get the full impact.

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.
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby Shadow on Wed 17 Jun, 2009 12:33 am

Here's another.........

June 30, 2003

Chairman, Public Safety Committee
State of California
Sen. Bruce McPherson

Via: Fax (916) 445-4688

Dear Senator McPherson,
United States defense contractors such as Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc., Murfreesboro, TN USA rely on orders from the US Military as a primary source of income but this government income for most contractors is only part of the necessary income for long term survival. Commercial or civilian product sales are also a main source of income that makes payroll and for good working conditions for their employees. We must support these defense contractors in both peace and war and allow them to operate, market and sell their products under the rules, regulations and law of the Federal Government. There is a balance of customers among defense contractors that is necessary for sound, long term business and by eliminating commercial sales in California this balance is disrupted. To vote against .50 cal rifles puts jobs of your constituents as risk, the lives of your police at risk, and in the end the safety of the State of California at risk. Are you willing to jeopardize this?

The defense industrial base in America is at risk of being unable to fully support our country in time of need without adequate opportunity for commercial sales of various products. In the Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc situation the civilian legal Barrett .50 cal rifle is at risk in the state of California. The attempt to ban a legal firearm not only violates the basic principals of the US Constitution but sets a precedence that endangers many vital defense contractors. In the Barrett case it also endangers California law enforcement agencies from having a proven and important tool in the fight against terrorism.

* W. Hays Parks, Special Assistant to the Judge Advocate of the US Army wrote: "The M82A1 Barrett... are manifestations of the important historic cooperation played by private citizens and small business in the United States in the development of weapons and munitions necessary for the US Armed Forces to perform their mission to protect the national security interests of the United States by fighting and winning, with as few friendly casualties as possible." This statement sums up the vital role both government and commercial business play in the sound business practices of various defense contractors of which Barrett is one.

The Barrett .50 cal rifle was ascertained by the troops on the front lines in Iraq as the best performing small arm and they have the private defense contractor to thank for that weapon. Ban .50 cal rifles in California and you take this tool from your police also. The war on terror is not over! The Barrett .50 cal rifle has been in the hands of competitive shooters, hunters, and collectors for over 20 years and is a mainstay of the long range competitive shooters matches. It also serves on Police SWAT teams as the primary long range anti-sniper weapon.

It is the Barrett position that we choose not to support in anyway state or local governments who are against the US Constitution and the safety and security of this nation. If California were to ban the sale of the Barrett .50 cal rifle we will stop the sale and service of all Barrett products to all State Law Enforcement agencies of the state of California immediately and ask all small arms manufactures to consider similar action. Re-classify the .50 cal rifle and you align yourself and the State of California as being part of the very terrorists who are attempting to destroy this great nation of ours.

Please vote against banning or re-classifying .50 cal rifles.

Respectively,


Ronnie G. Barrett
President
Barrett Firearms Mfg., Inc.
Murfreesboro, TN USA

* Quoted from: Memorandum for Staff Judge Advocate, US Army Special Forces Command, (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC Sept 7, 1999
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Re: Letter from Ronnie Barrett to Honolulu Police Chief Regardin

Postby Stitch on Wed 17 Jun, 2009 7:08 am

Thanks for sharing Shadow!
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