The simple truth is that unless you placed your order for one at least three months ago, and if not six months ago, you are not buying an AR-pattern rifle in the near future. The parts simply do not exist, the companies cannot produce parts fast enough to even keep up with their direct orders, and I can only imagine how long the total backorder list is.
However, if the time were to ever come where I could place an order for an AR-15 or similar rifle and expect for it to actually arrive before the entropic death of the universe, I will not be purchasing something Armalite makes, and when it comes to kitting out the bare receiver I still have in my safe, none of its parts will come from Armalite.
Why? Simple: Armalite seems to believe that police officers either are, or should be, a higher class of citizen, and they are rather rude in the expression of that belief.
What I do not understand is the cognitive dissonance of Armalite’s position, as expressed by Mark Westrom, the company’s President. On the one hand, they "will not sell to those states which deny it’s honorable citizens the right to own ArmaLite’s" (sic), but on the other hand, they "do not halt sales to individual officers even in problematic states".
Individual police officers and law enforcement officers are as much organs of "the state" as their employing police departments and sheriff’s offices, and as much representatives of "the state" as those representatives we elect and re-elect from time to time. Those police officers freely chose, and continue to freely choose, to work for "the state" as official, badged, sworn employees, and, as such, are very much a part of their respective states’ overall government bureaucracy. No, those police officers have no more say in the laws and regulations that are passed in their state than any other average citizen contained within the state’s boundaries, but the same can be said of their police departments, which makes the distinction one without any difference whatsoever.
If a state decides that its residents cannot be trusted with "assault weapons", then why should police officers be trusted with the same? They are residents of the state, so why should the same laws not apply to them as they apply to everyone else?
Why are some animals more equal than others?
And, more specifically, why is Armalite all too willing to perpetuate that inequality? Their motivations aside, it is certainly their right to engage in whatever business they so desire, just as it is my right to choose to abstain from engaging in any business with them whatsoever, until such time as they re-evaluate and change their position. Given that recreational shooters far outnumber police officers in this country, it should not be hard to financially enlighten them as to the mistake they have made.
Sean has already added Armalite to the "Naughty List" at his New York Boycott page, but the good news is that numerous companies, including Bullwater Enterprises, West Fork Armory, Smith Enterprise, Alex Arms, and Spike’s Tactical, have all decided that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. I get the impression that this could be something of a positive feedback scenario – as more companies join that list, even more companies will be encouraged to do so.
One can only hope.