Firearms Manufacturer Cuts Off Sales To New York Over Gun Restrictions

Firearms Manufacturer Cuts Off Sales To New York Over Gun RestrictionsOlympic Arms, a manufacturer of semiautomatic rifles and AR-15-style firearms, announced Tuesday it will no longer be doing business in New York as a result of the state’s new ban on assault-style weapons, according to the Times Union.

‘Exceeds the authority granted’

The company explained its decision in a post on its Facebook page: “Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines. We feel as though the passage of this legislation exceeds the authority granted to the government of New York by its citizens, and violates the Constitution of the United States.”


‘Misdemeanor charge’

New York Gov. Cuomo last month signed into law tough legislation aimed at strengthening state laws on assault weapons, gun-magazine capacity and reporting potential harmful behavior. Though the law allows law enforcement agencies to purchase assault-style weapons, Olympic says it will no longer serve the state’s first responders.

The law also restricts ammunition magazines from 10 to seven bullets and current owners of higher-capacity magazines have a year to sell them out of state. An owner caught at home with eight or more bullets in a magazine could face a misdemeanor charge. Cuomo cited the December killings of 20 first-graders and six educators at a Connecticut elementary school as one of his motivations for pushing the gun legislation.

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Source: Fox News

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Ichiro Thanks ‘Ichimeter Lady’ With Surprise Gifts

Ichiro Thanks 'Ichimeter Lady' With Surprise GiftsMidway through the 2004 season, Amy Franz came up with the idea to bring an “Ichimeter” to games at Safeco Field as a way of tracking Ichiro Suzuki’s progress toward breaking George Sisler’s record of 257 hits in a single season. The Seattle Mariners superstar would break the mark with 262 that year with Franz’s sign often being featured on television as the total climbed.

‘Local celebrity’

The original “Ichimeter” would land in the Hall of Fame after that ’04 season, but Franz made sure that another version was a constant presence in the right-field stands as Ichiro continued to post 200-hit season after 200-hit season for the Mariners. Franz became a local celebrity of sorts, running a Facebook page for the sign, bringing it on road trips and even adopting an @ichimeterlady Twitter handle that reflected how she was known by many fans at Safeco.


‘Special package’

Then, last July, Ichiro was traded to the New York Yankees. An era had ended in Seattle as had Franz’s need to tote the sign to her seats in right field. The Yankees were in Seattle when the swap went down so Ichiro came over in his New York uniform to thank Franz for her support through the years and to autograph the Ichimeter. It was the final chapter in the Ichimeter story.

Only, it turns out that it wasn’t. Franz received a special package on Tuesday afternoon and tweeted that she almost “passed out in the middle of the living room” after opening it. Inside the package was a special thank-you note from Ichiro as well as an autographed bat and pair of cleats. Needless to say, that’s one of the best thank-yous a player has ever given a fan and just an all-around great gesture from Ichiro.

Are you also a fan of Ichiro? Do you envy Amy Franz for the personalized presents she received from her favorite player?

Source: Yahoo Sports

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