Arms dealers market weapons parts and ammunition using a right-wing slogan that is widely understood as a code of profanity directed at President Joe Biden.
The Palmetto State Armory, which operates a 12,000-square-foot gun store in Columbia, SC, the state capital, is marketing a “LETSGO-15 Stripped Lower Receiver,” which is part designed for an AR-15-like combat rifle.
The product description on the company’s website states that the fire selector on the weapon part has three modes: “‘F @ CK!'” (Safe), “‘JOE!'” (Fire), “‘BID!'” (Full-Auto). “
“Love how PSA is in touch with the current Let’s Go Brandon situation,” says one of the comments below the product description. “More than half of America and other parts of the world are singing. The current administration is destroying our country.”
The company did not respond to NBC News’ requests for comment. A spokesman for the US Secret Service, which is investigating threats against the president, declined to comment.
At least two other companies in other states, Culper Precision and My Southern Tactical, are announcing an AR-15 magazine for sale with a “Let’s Go Brandon” sticker.
The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The phrase “Let’s Go Brandon,” has become the right-wing code for “F — Joe Biden.” It stems from a moment during a NASCAR race on Oct. 2 at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, where a driver named Brandon Brown was being interviewed by an NBC Sports reporter. A nearby crowd shouted something that was hard to understand, and the reporter suggested they shout “Let’s go, Brandon” to cheer on the winning driver. But it became more and more clear that they were saying, “F- – Joe Biden.”
A stripped-down lower receiver is the part of the AR-15 rifle that contains the serial number, making it the only part of the weapon to be purchased through an authorized dealer.
Once banned by federal law, the AR-15 has become the most popular rifle in America, making it one of five firearms purchased each year, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. There are 15 million in circulation, weapons groups say.
Law enforcement officials have said variants of the AR-15 were used in mass shootings at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, a synagogue in Pittsburgh, a Texas church, a concert in Las Vegas, a high school in Florida and an elementary school in Connecticut.
The “Let’s Go Brandon” slogan has been used by several Republican politicians. The Associated Press reported that the Republican rep. Florida bill Bill Posey shouted the sentence as he ended a speech in the House on Oct. 21 with a fist pump. Rep. South Carolina Jeff Duncan wore a “Let’s Go Brandon” face mask to the Capitol last week while Texas Senator Ted Cruz posed with a “Let’s Go Brandon” sign at the World Series. Late. Mitch McConnell’s press secretary retweeted a picture of the sentence on a building sign in Virginia, the AP reported.
Southwest Airlines announced Sunday that it was investigating an incident in which a pilot allegedly uttered the sentence over the intercom.