Serbu Firearms Refuses to Sell .50 Cal Sniper Rifles to NYPD

By on March 27, 2013

by Max Slowik

Serbu Firearms, a manufacturer of bolt-action and semi-automatic .50 caliber sniper rifles, is refusing to sell their wares to the NYPD. Their reason, of course, is that owing to unfair gun laws, they will not support law enforcement in New York.

Serbu is one of almost 150 companies that has officially refused to sell to law enforcement in New York following the passage of the SAFE Act, the controversial gun control package that has been met with scorn by gun owners across the nation.

The company posted the NYPD’s inquiry as well as their refusal to their Facebook page, with names omitted.

Company founder Mark Serbu said, “Unfortunately, we have a policy of selling to state law enforcement agencies only what is allowed to be sold to private citizens in that state. Since the passage of the NY SAFE act, the BFG-50A is considered an assault weapon and as such is no longer available to private citizens in the state of New York. Therefore we have to respectfully decline to supply your department with BFG-50A rifles.”

He also said he felt bad about not being able to outfit the officers, because although he would like to get his guns into “as many police departments as possible,” his decision is a matter of principle.

“Because of a stupid law the venerable NYPD won’t have the best tools for the job.”

What’s interesting about this is that while Serbu makes a fine firearm and impressive .50 BMG rifles, they’re not a first-tier company in the sniper rifle world and are perhaps best known for their compact Super-Shorty shotguns.

Two of the biggest names in sniper rifles, Barrett and ArmaLite, have already stated that they will not sell to the police departments of New York. If the NYPD is calling Serbu, we have to wonder how many other companies have told them to keep walking.

Serbu is the 137th company to halt sales to New York law enforcement according to the unofficial official New York Boycott list, which is now up to 142 companies (at the time of writing) and likely to keep growing.

The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, an NRA affiliate, along with the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, Blueline Tactical Police Supply and several other plaintiffs have filed suit against the state of New York and the SAFE Act.

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  1. Marc

    March 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Looks like a nuclear power plant in the pic, therefore I would presume it’s safe to say that’s a member of the OST (Office of Secure Transportation) which falls under the security of the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration).

    Anyone want to take a guess why they were heavily involved in the ground zero response and clean up in NYC?

    * 5.7 M Richter requires ~100 KT in TNT yield equivalent.
    * 100 KT will create 100 meter detonation cavities @ ground zero
    * 100 KT will required almost a full year to cool down which was witnessed.
    * 100 KT will pulverize to micron-sized dust 1 billion lbs of structural steel.
    * Ground zero was positioned underground to create its detonation cavity and upwards directional pulverization wave to crush the tower to dust so no EMP, classic fireballs or sound because *no air*.

    GROUND ZERO: “The hypocenter of a nuclear blast”.
    ~Websters dictionary, 1999.

    • Anon

      March 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Are you f**king stupid? 9/11 was not a f**king nuke.

  2. chris

    March 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Why is there an action figure in the picture?

  3. Harvey Henkelmann

    March 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    This boycott needs to extend to the ‘Big Names’ too, such as Glock, Smith & Wesson, etc.

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