Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Glock Under Fire: NSSF Senior VP Calls for Congressional Investigation

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Larry Keane, the senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), expressed strong criticism regarding the lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago against Glock, which Everytown Law supports. The lawsuit accuses Glock of enabling the illegal modification of its pistols into machine guns with switches. Keane revealed that Everytown’s leadership has been openly discussing this lawsuit, suggesting an attempt by the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, led by former Everytown lobbyist Rob Wilcox, to pressure Glock into redesigning its highly reliable pistols.

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Keane highlighted that Glock has been proactive in combating the misuse of switches, collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security and initiating legal actions against those illegally producing and importing such devices. He accused the White House, Everytown, and the city of Chicago of conspiring against Glock, pushing the lawsuit as a means to hold the company responsible for criminal misuse of its products. Keane suggested a congressional inquiry into what he perceives as undue influence and coercion exercised by Wilcox and the White House.

Concerning the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) stance, Keane suggested that similar pressure might have been attempted by the ATF and warned that ATF Director Steve Dettelbach could potentially reclassify semi-automatic firearms as machine guns, based on their potential for illegal modification. Despite this possibility, Keane remains skeptical of any immediate changes but cautioned that a second term for Biden could lead to more aggressive anti-gun measures.

In response to the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) current limitations, Keane mentioned the establishment of the Protect Liberty PAC by NSSF to support Second Amendment-friendly candidates in the upcoming elections. He called for public support to compensate for the resources the NRA might not be able to contribute this election cycle due to its internal issues. Keane emphasized the importance of collective action in defending Second Amendment rights against what he sees as the most anti-gun administration in U.S. history.

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