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Springfield Armory on Gun Control: Quotes from Heated Debate

By    |   Monday, 27 April 2015 04:47 PM

Among the many things that seem to deeply divide politicians, gun control has to be near or at the top of the list. On one side of the gun control battle are gun owners and manufacturers, such as Springfield Armory, who believe in the Second Amendment right to bear arms. On the other end are those who believe there are too many guns that fire too many rounds ending up in the wrong people's hands. The following are five views on gun control that involve the Springfield Armory:

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"We would like the members of our community know that the threat is as great now as it ever was. The end goal is still the game: To get all gun manufacturers out of Illinois and get all guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens."

– Springfield Armory co-owner Tom Reese in 2007 on his company's blog. In that year, the Illinois Senate passed a bill that would make illegal the sale, possession, delivery or buying of a gun that contained magazines that held more than 10 bullets.

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"We do feel a sense of duty to stick around and support all the gun owners. You don't win a war by vacating the battlefield. We're in the fight as long as there is a fight."

– Then-Springfield Armory spokesman Bill Dermody to the Quad City Times during the Illinois gun control debate in 2007.

"Over time, American citizens have gone from high restrictions on being allowed to apply for concealed carry permits to a much fairer system. Outside of Washington, D.C., there are no No-Issue jurisdictions in the 50 continuous states. This marks a stark contrast to 30 years ago when only one-third of the population lived in states where it was possible to apply for a permit."

From the Springfield Armory blog

This quote deals with adhering to conceal carry rules, showing the company's view on how it believes gun control laws have changed for the better.

"It would create a lot of soul searching for us. We would have to make reduced capacity magazines for our guns to comply. It would put us at a significant competitive disadvantage with other gun manufacturers across the country."

Dermody again to the Quad City Times in 2007. His comments also were directed toward the Illinois Senate's bill.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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