While some worried about the purchase of Tennessee-based and very pro-2A Barrett Firearms by a company from notoriously anti-gun Australia, early signs point to business as usual. 

Founded by Ronnie Barrett in the 1980s to sell black rifle accessories and his "Light Fifty," the latter of which launched a revolution in how .50 caliber BMG individual rifles are seen today, in 2005 Mr. Barrett fired off a public letter to lawmakers and law enforcement agencies in California. At the time, the state had just moved to implement AB50, the "50 Caliber BMG Regulation Act of 2004," which outlawed the sale of such guns to consumers in the state and required those already in circulation to be registered with the California Department of Justice. 

One notable carve out for AB50 was for law enforcement, which curiously could still buy as many "dangerous" .50 cals as they wished. Barrett made sure to close this exception as per company policy. 

"Barrett cannot legally sell any of its products to lawbreakers," said Mr. Barrett in his letter. "Therefore, since California’s passing of AB 50, the state is not in compliance with the US Constitution’s 2nd and 14th Amendments, and we will not sell nor service any of our products to any Government agency of the State of California."

This, according to Mr. Barrett at the time, included telling the LAPD SWAT team to come pick up an un-serviced rifle sent in for repair work, saying, "because I refused to assist anyone or any organization that is in violation of the United States Constitution."

Now, with news that Barrett Firearms has been acquired by Australian defense contractor NOIA, many have rightfully wondered if the company's stance on gun control would pivot to a more toady platform, after all, the Australian government has been very adamant on stripping once-legal firearms from its populace over the past several decades. 

Among the comments posted on Barrett's social media page in response to the news: 

"Guess they're gonna start selling to LEO's in ban states now..."

"Very disappointing. Relax you can own as many New World Order approved neutered 'pest control' guns as you want in Australia, once you get your permission slip that is."

"I'll just be frank. Australia who has taken its citizens rights away to own and bear arms having Barrett? Absolutely pathetic."

"So a company that resides in a country that literally took away the people’s right to keep and bear arms is now owner of an American firearms company…"

Well, in a simple message on its social media page, NOIA Group CEO Rob Noia over the weekend wrote, "Team, make no changes," referencing the original 2005 statement.


Barrett 2005 California 50 cal letter
Photo: Barrett


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