WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. House Oversight
Committee has subpoenaed Smith & Wesson Brands Inc for
information on its AR-15 style firearms sales and marketing
after the gunmaker's chief executive refused to appear before
lawmakers last month, it said in a statement.
The panel, led by Democratic U.S. Representative Carolyn
Maloney, cited incomplete data and gaps in the company's metrics
in seeking documents from the firearms manufacturer, citing a
copy of the letter notifying CEO Mark Smith of the congressional
"This subpoena was made necessary by your unwillingness to
voluntarily comply with the Committees investigation, including
your refusal to testify about your companys troubling business
practices ... and your refusal to voluntarily produce key
information about your companys sale of assault weapons to
civilians," Maloney wrote in a letter to Smith.
Representatives for Smith & Wesson did not immediately
respond to a request for comment on the subpoena, first reported
by the Washington Post.
The panel had summoned Smith along with the CEOs of Sturm,
Ruger & Co and privately held Daniel Defense to appear
July 27 following a string of mass shootings as U.S. lawmakers
grappled for ways to address America's gun violence.
At the hearing, lawmakers pressed the two CEOs who did
appear for details on the marketing of assault-style weapons
used in recent shootings at a Texas elementary school, a New
York grocery store and a Illinois Independence Day parade.
Maloney on Tuesday said Smith & Wesson's Smith initially
agreed to appear voluntarily but then "abruptly withdrew" five
days before the hearing.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill
that would ban assault-style rifles but the legislation is
likely to face defeat in the 50-50 divided Senate where it would
need 60 votes to move forward.
Congress, however, in June did approve a bipartisan bill
with some more modest safety measures including tougher
background checks. U.S. President Joe Biden signed it into law
(Reporting by Susan Heavey;
Editing by Andrew Cawthorne, Bernadette Baum and Louise Heavens)