Sheriff Pulls Business From Dana Safety Supply Because They Stopped Selling Semi-Automatic Rifles To Civilians

Dana Safety Supply, a major distributor of weapons and accessories to police departments and civilians across the United States, has declared that they will no longer sell semi-automatic rifles to civilians. Instead, they will only sell to law enforcement. This prompted Oconee County, Georgia Sheriff Scott Berry to write them an email in which he told them he would no longer be seeking them out to purchase products for his department based on their decision.

This sign was photographed by a customer in Georgia as to DSS' new policy:


Sheriff Berry wrote the following email to DSS:

It is my understanding that you have stopped selling self loading rifles to members of the general public in favor of selling them to law enforcement officers only.
I deeply regret that decision. As such, this agency will no longer seek bids from or purchase from DSS.
Thank you for your time and attention to this email.
Sheriff Scott Berry
Oconee County Georgia Sheriffs Office

A call to the headquarters of DSS resulted in a political answer of "we appreciate your call, but are in the midst of consulting to form a proper response." They would neither confirm nor deny the report when called on Friday. Apparently their website and postings outside their businesses are more forthcoming than their headquarters.

DSS posting on it’s website

DSS posting on it’s website

My hat is off to Sheriff Berry! In fact, Berry popped up on Fox Business for an interview.

In the interview, when asked why he would not longer be purchasing from DSS, Sheriff Berry said that since law abiding citizens couldn't purchase a legal weapon there with money they have, then he wasn't going to "spend their tax money" at such a business and he wasn't going to "spend his personal money there" either. Come on! This guy is my kind of Sheriff!

When asked if it would "make his job easier" if "assault" rifles weren't being sold and "out there," Sheriff Berry responded by correcting the host that they were semi-automatic rifles, not assault rifles. He then went on to point out that there were millions of these weapons in America, but that "statistically an insignificant number of them are used to commit any kind of crime."

Sheriff Berry was right on weapons and people. "Rifles of any type just don't bother me," he said. "Handguns of any type just don't bother me. The truth is that in the hands of criminals they are tools of evil, but in the vast majority of hands, they are owned by law abiding citizens."

When the host asked why take the term "assault rifle" off the table, the Sheriff responded by stating that the definition of the term is as "wide and as broad" as the building he was sitting in. The Sheriff described that an assault weapon was a military weapon that was designed for military purpose. "Semi-automatic rifles just aren't assault rifles," he said. "You can call them that, but that's just not what they are."

The host then asked Berry what his reaction to the Brady campaigns' rating of an 8 out of 100 on Georgia's regulations on firearms was. According to the host, who was citing the Brady campaign, the reasons for the low rating was because there was "no limits on gun purchases, no required background checks for gun show purchases, and no ban on 'assault' weapons," Sheriff Berry said that he was "hoping to shoot for a lower number than that." He did address the issue of the supposed "required background checks at gun shows" by stating that "law abiding citizens can sell guns in the parking lot or on the floor of a gun show." He doesn't know where they get the idea that it's required to do a background check. He was emphatic in stating that he can sell his gun to anyone else no matter where he is at. The Sheriff rightly pointed out that one goes through the same process if they buy a gun through a dealer at a gun show that someone goes through at a standard brick and mortar store to purchase a firearm. He called the Brady statement concerning gun shows a "scare tactic."

Berry said that Georgia believes in the Second Amendment and that means that law abiding citizens should be able to carry and buy firearms.

The rest of the interview is good too, Please watch it below.


In addition, should you be a law-abiding citizen who wants to show your non-support of Dana Safety Supply by not purchasing from them, here are a few more companies owned by the same people that own DSS:

Dana Safety Supply, Atlanta, GA
Southern Firearms, Greensboro, NC
Palmetto Firearms, Columbia, SC (NOTE: This is NOT Palmetto State Armory!)
Central Firearms, Tampa, FL
Dana Safety Supply, Miami, FL
Duval Honda
Duval Ford
Duval Acura
Duval Mazda at the Avenues
Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville
Subaru of Gainesville
Tampa Honda Land
Countryside Ford of Clearwater
Countryside Mazda of Clearwater
U.S. Auto Credit
Scott-McRae Advertising
Cause to Communicate
Commercial Landscape Solutions

UPDATE: I spoke with Sheriff Berry this morning (1/7) via telephone and he appreciates all the support. He also said it was the "farthest thing from his mind" to change the policy of DSS. He stands by his statements and hopes that other sheriffs across the country will do the same.

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  • Max Steele

    I hope all you rednecks touting off about your freedoms voted in favor of same-sex marriage. If you didn't, you're against the constitution just the same as anyone that's against semi-autos. Jus' sayin.

  • opy

    did you know, most gun stores are 'gun free' zones. no loaded guns except the one on the owners hip.

  • ken locke

    Thank you Sheriff Scott Barry!!!!
    True!! , Brave American !!!
    Are you Hiring more Patriots?

  • PastorRuth1

    Continue the fight on the front lines - standing your ground to defend our liberties! God bless you!

  • usagent

    Thank you Sheriff, I hope others will follow your lead

  • Frank E. Vincent

    Why the 2nd Amendment?
    Have YOU asked yourself why we are the benefactors of the Second Amendment? Do you come the conclusion that it was meant to allow Americans the right to "keep and bear arms"? Yes,--- that's the conclusion but NOT the reason. The 1st Amendment not only concerns the freedom of religion and speech but that is also the conclusion. The reason was to restrict any congressional actions against our rights: As it is written; "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Okay, how about the 2nd amendment; why was it so important that it was listed before all the remaining amendments? Because it was the hammer given to the people, if necessary, to protect us from a tyrannical power structure by those who may decide the Constitution is nothing more then a document consisting of twenty six plus one articles that may be disregarded if it conflicts with government's control. Okay now take a real look at the 2nd Amendment: "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the Right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." It is clear, those rights are given to the people to assure the security of a Free State. It gives the people the means to form a militia in order at to protect all of our Constitutional rights. Not the enacted government enforcement, but the people. (A militia is an irregular army comprised of citizens) "I ask Sir, what is the MILITIA? It is the WHOLE people. To disarm the PEOPLE is the best and most effectual way to ENSLAVE them." -George Mason
    Today we have a large faction of Americans who think America is above government control and empowerment, because our elected official have sworn to protect us from becoming a sovereign power structure. Really? We have officials in our elected government who have disregarded the Constitution and stated it is only a piece of history that should be considered no more then a "living document" that requires up to day legislative changes.
    This country was founded on our rights of freedom, but we have those who are willing to give it up because they believe our founding fathers were inept and couldn't imagine the technology of today. Yet, through the last two hundred plus years our countrymen and women have fought and died for our constitutional rights, because they could envision the threats of servitude and autocracy. Our founding fathers looked forward for us, the benefactors, as they penned the Constitution.
    Frank E. Vincent

  • Johnny Geetar

    I LOVE living in Georgia! I should have moved here 20 years ago. Sheriffs all over Georgia carry that same hardcore love of Constitution and particularly the 2nd Amendment. They understand it's significance, especially as it pertains to today's situation with Socialists and Marxists wanting to disarm America. All I know, is if the feds show up in this state to PHYSICALLY confiscate firearms, they'll not see home again.
    Funny; in the 80's I was a touring musician with long hair, and i used to DREAD driving through Georgia. The cops would pull you over and Dick with you. Kinda like profiling, I guess. Now that i'm an adult, HA!, I appreciate them for what they are and what they stand for.

  • fedup in fl

    People, hang tuff. Don't take sh(t off the negro government. Keep your firearms.
    This illegal negro can't stay in office for ever. Even if he changes the admentment
    to get a third term. He does love the life style of being prez, any negro would act the
    same. Stand against the un-lawful rules of this nefro government.

  • Fred Anderson

    I salute you, Sheriff Berry! I am proud of my fellow Georgian. Keep up the good work!

  • socialisimmustgo

    a couple more notes..........Historical Empires go through stages of developement and destruction , we will go down in History as one of the most shortlived empires which gave way to Total domination .........that is what your descendants will live in the legacy of these that what you want for your descendants ? to be at the mercy of any dictater tyrant which the owo elite decide they should be ?.........the myth of a free society will be only a faint memory in their existence! they will eradicate true history being accessed and tell a perverted fabrication of it to your descendants........Jesus to my knowledge .....did not divinely intervene in the world history which is death by government and criminal banking the point is .......short Divine Intervention who is going to come to help us ?........the Russians ? no we didn't help them and they were disarmed and helpless !
    the English ? no,we didn't help them in 1997 and they are disarmed and helpless! The Australians ? no they are disarmed and helpless! The chinese ? more likely to attempt to invade us! So who you going to call ? Canada? they fought a war against us in 1812 and i am sure they are disarmed also.......canada is a police state just like usa, Mexico ? we were at war with them also..........and they won't secure their border with us, so who you going to call ? japanese ? we nuked them! anyhow you get the idea .......just turn your guns in and prepare to be invaded and die.