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Salt Lake gun company chooses conscience over cash

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – A Salt Lake gun company is choosing morals over money. Company leaders had an opportunity to make a multi-million dollar deal overseas, but decided instead to follow their conscience and back out.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – A Salt Lake gun company is choosing morals over money. Company leaders had an opportunity to make a multi-million dollar deal overseas, but decided instead to follow their conscience and back out.

You may often hear about companies chasing the almighty dollar. A Salt Lake gun business had the opportunity to make a lot of them. The only problem is company leaders had that nagging voice in the back their head. They felt the deal wasn't right. So instead of following the money, they followed their conscience.

Salt Lake gun company Desert Tech formerly known as Desert Tactical Arms does big business making and selling sniper rifles across the world, but Friday the company is being praised for a financial shot it didn't take.

"I don't feel good about this, and it really got the owner Nick Young to think about it," said Mike Davis, Sales Manager, Desert Tech.

Sales Manager Mike Davis said the company was on the short list for a big gun contract with Pakistan. Desert Tech would've made its biggest sale ever $15 million. But the more company leaders thought about Pakistan's unrest, the more worried they became they might be contributing to the problem. So they turned the opportunity down.

"We don't know that those guns would've went somewhere bad, but with the unrest we just ended up not feeling right about it," said Davis.

As you can guess, the decision wasn't easy.

"$15 million that's a lot of money, how do you turn that down?" said Davis.

Just to confirm they made the right choice, owner Nick Young posted his moral dilemma on the company Facebook page. He got an overwhelming response. Fans made more than one thousand comments praising the company's choice to choose conscience over cash.

“Thank you for being a company that still believes in morals and ethics and doing the right thing for your employees. You have my respect...and my business!” said AK Miller.

“Right decision! Glad to see there is still some companies will take the moral high road above profits. God Bless,” said James H. Brooks Jr.

“A real American company with real American pride and common sense…” said Bob Graff.

Davis said he's grateful people posted. It made their tough decision feel a lot easier.

"If you were ever to walk around our company and see our American pride, I mean everybody is walking a little taller today," said Davis.

Davis tells Reporter Brian Carlson the company wasn't looking for all this attention it's getting.
That was never the point, but he said maybe something good can come out of this too.

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