Working to quell a gun owner firestorm that started after Troy Industries announced it had retained the services of former Chicago Police Superintendant Jody Weis, a company spokesperson told Gun Rights Examiner today that a professional relationship will not go forward.
The outrage erupted on GunsSaveLife.com after Troy announced on August 16 that Weis would be coming on board as an instructor. Gun owners were understandably angry that a company they patronize would retain the services of someone who enforced draconian gun bans, marched in anti-gun demonstrations, and defied court orders to provide documentation of excessive force allegations. Raising particular outrage were allegations of Weis fleeing from instead of responding to a shooting.
“Mr. Weis has no affiliation with Troy Asymmetric or any of its affiliated companies,” Troy representative Allyson Ranelli wrote in an email response to questioning from this correspondent. “It was the intention of Troy Asymmetric to retain him as a contract employee for government-specific programs.
“Troy Industries had no knowledge of Mr. Weis’ political leanings or stance on the Second Amendment as we are not involved in Chicago politics,” Ranelli explained.
“Troy has consistently put its money where its mouth is demonstrating a firm belief of the individual’s right to bear arms,” Ranelli continued. “Troy has turned away tens of millions of dollars in business from a sporting goods retailer who did not support our individual rights following the Newtown tragedy. Troy is the only firearms manufacturer to take this ethical stance on the Second Amendment.
“Our immediate actions today re-affirm our commitment to the fundamental individual right to bear arms,” she concluded.
Gun owners may question how a leading supplier of small arms, components and accessories could be blindsided, but a look within their ranks should answer that question -- different individuals have different interests, and not everyone keeps up with the activism side. That’s a painful lesson Troy appears to be learning quickly, and that others in the industry would do well to heed if they are to avoid situations like this, or even worse, as in the H-S Precision dustup of a few years back when the company featured a testimonial from Ruby Ridge sniper Lon Horiuchi on its catalog.
And that leads to yet one more unresolved personnel issue, as Troy is now dealing on its Facebook page with fallout from their association with another Ruby Ridge Hostage Rescue Team sniper, Dale Monroe, who carries some controversy of his own.
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