LAFAYETTE -- "No regrets." That's how Jax Mercantile President Jim Quinlan feels three weeks after making a controversial decision to stop selling assault rifles and high-capacity magazines throughout his outdoor gear retail chain, including the store in Lafayette. He doesn't deny that a fair number of customers were angry enough that they pledged never to shop Jax again, but Quinlan said the bulk of the reaction he has received has been from those applauding the stand he took in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. The killer in the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting that left 26 people dead -- 20 of them students -- used a Bushmaster .223-caliber AR-15 rifle, classified by the federal government as an assault weapon. Until mid-December, Jax sold the popular AR-15 model rifle. The chain also no longer sells magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.So basically this...gentleman...Quinlan thinks we're all to blame for a psychopath? I strongly suggest that we avoid this man's stores like the plague. Jax Mercantile has in the past given gift certificates to matches as prizes--I even won one. Here is my deal...if you are a match director, DO NOT deal with this man! Your shooters and your other sponsors deserve better than a gift certificate from this quisling. I suggest if you have such a gift certificate, it makes excellent toilet paper!
Please feel free to let me know what companies are still being sold in Mr. Quinlan's stores so I can speak to them directly and very personally at SHOT! Jax is a small, local operation...he deserves to fail. Let's help him!