Ever since New York has passed their anti-second amendment gun legislation, firearms manufacturers in the state are instituting a policy of selling to state and local governments only those guns that are available to the public. Serbu Firearms is the latest to join the list. Here’s an email exchange between the NYPD and the owner of the company:
> Mr. Serbu,>>
My name is XXXXXXXX. I am assigned to the NYPD Firearms and Tactics Section. I have been directed to research a new semi-automatic .50 caliber platform for my department.>> Two weeks ago I spoke to Deanne at your office regarding the possibility of obtaining one of your rifles for test and evaluation.>> If you would please get back to me either way regarding this proposal I would appreciate it.>>
Yes, I got the message and tried to return the call but got no answer. I appreciate your interest in our BFG-50A; I’m sure it would be an excellent addition to your department’s arsenal. 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.
Like someone in the comments said: what the hell does the NYPD need with a .50 caliber rifle? Who are they going to war against?