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Fearing ban, Americans buying legal $900 flamethrowers

Fearing ban, Americans buying legal $900 flamethrowers

By Cyrus Farivar for arstechnica UK

In the wake of two companies now selling the first commercially available flamethrowers in the United States, at least one mayor has called for increased restrictions on their use. And to no one's surprise, the prospect of prohibition has driven an increase in sales.

"Business is skyrocketing higher than ever due to the discussion on prohibition," Chris Byars, the CEO of the Ion Productions Team based in Troy, Michigan, told Ars by e-mail. "I’m a huge supporter of personal freedom and personal responsibility. Own whatever you like, unless you use it in a manner that is harmful to another or other’s property. We’ve received a large amount of support from police, fire, our customers, and interested parties regarding keeping them legal."

Byars added that the company has sold 350 units at $900 (£600) each, including shipping, in recent weeks. That's in addition to the $150,000 (£100,000) the company raised on IndieGoGo.

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