Desert Tech, an Utah gun manufacturing company, said they have refused to supply weapons to Pakistan.
The company recently walked away from a $15 million deal to sell precision rifles to Pakistan, the dollar amount is equal to one year in sales for the company.
Nick Young, of whom is president of Desert Tech, did not want the weapons to fall into the wrong hands. He was afraid the weapons would be used against U.S. troops. Young said that the Pakistan Government is angry at their refusal to sell, and Pakistan is now refusing to communicate with the company.
Response has been very positive from current and former military personnel, the company said. President Obama, who has a strong opinion on weapons in the U.S., has not commented on the decision.
The U.S. does have an Arms Deal with Pakistan, however companies are free to make their own decisions.
Desert Tech’s Sales Manager Mike Davis said it was a hard decision because $15 million is a lot of money for any company.
Desert Tech’s mission statement reads:
“Desert Tactical Arms was founded in May of 2007, the company was created to protect the freedom of the United States of America, our allies and people by providing the most compact, accurate, and reliable precision weapon systems in the world. Desert Tactical Arms strongly supports civil rights, especially the right of every individual to own firearms to protect themself, their family, and their property and the use of firearms in defense, hunting, and shooting sports.”
Davis said, ” Basically it was just our company’s stance and we are sticking with our founding principles, and that is to keep the American troops safe, that’s all the decision really was about.”