If there was ever any doubt about the market influence California has in the gun industry, it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt this past weekend. After the surprising ruling from Judge Benitiz in Duncan v. Becerra, not only did he reverse almost 2 decades of oppression by the CA state DoJ, but he was able to get the CA state Attorney General to admit that any magazine purchases made after the March 29, 2019 decision were legal! That however is not the point of this post.
The point here is how much influence the CA gun market can have. After the historic ruling was handed down, word spread like wildfire amongst the pro-2A community, not just in California, but across the USA. Soon retaliers across this great nation of ours were posting/announcing/emailing/etc. that there were accepting and shipping orders for 10+ round magazines to Cali. Overnight retailers sold out of inventory (which was in the thousands of units) and were calling their distributors for resupply to the tune of additional thousands of units. I was seeing posts on other websites telling stories of how distributors had sold out of 150k plus inventories overnight! That was one distributor!
Over a single weekend every magazine retailer large and small had seen sales volume like never before. Orders that are typically processed in a day had taken 2 or 3 to get shipped simply due to the sheer volume. While we may never know the exact count of magazines sold to California this past weekend, we can safely assume it is over the one million mark. I am going to go out on a limb and say that we as a single state in a single weekend have generated more business for the magazine industry than the past year combined for the rest of the country (gov’t contracts excluded). Now if we can only get as organized on election days, California could be made great again.
I recently retweeted a story about a 2A business pulling their booth from the annual NRA conference. They took this action as a sign of protest to the recent stance the NRA took on the bump-stock ban implemented by the US DoJ. At the time I was being bombarded with letters and phone calls from the NRA warning me that my membership was about to expire and the cost was going to be increasing in a couple months. I decided to follow suit and not renew my membership to the NRA.
At the time I too was unhappy with how the NRA was supposedly fighting for my (and your) 2nd Amendment rights. I was befuddled by their seeming continuous stream of lawsuits arguing the exact same legal reasoning time and again, and each time being shot down (anyone know the definition of insanity?). I too wondered how the largest organization of so called “supporters of gun rights” could say they agreed with the unconstitutional banning of a non-firearm item? At that time I decided I couldn’t justify giving them my money.
But a few months later, I can’t help but wonder if refusing to give the NRA my money is the wisest decision in the grand scheme of things. I mean lets face it, there is an all out war in the media over the 2nd Amendment. And the NRA is the largest pro-gun lobby group. The NRA has helped get 2 supreme court nominees confirmed in the past 2 years. They also have very deep pockets to help fund some campaigns. So there is some good the NRA has been doing for the gun rights community.
I feel my decision might have been a little brash back then. Yeah I am still upset over what I perceive to be poor legal arguments and somewhat spineless response to left-wing attacks on our constitutionally guaranteed rights. But they are still a driving force in American politics with a lot of money to spend and there is value to them staying as mainstream as possible. When you take the emotional (OK mostly anger) factor out of it and try to look at the NRA’s existence objectively I find that the NRA still does more good than harm for gun owners and still probably deserves my $35 a year membership due.