Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) recently presented Ronnie Barrett with the Joe M. Rodgers Spirit of America Award. Ronnie is the founder and CEO of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc., located in Murfreesboro, TN. The honor is given to a businessman who has demonstrated the best of the spirit of America through significant contributions in government, education, and/or civic and charitable organizations.
Ronnie Barrett is a Murfreesboro native whose entrepreneurial drive and self taught firearms knowledge led to a multi million dollar business that serves all branches of the US military as well as over 73 different allied governments. Mr. Barrett has been involved in many local and national philanthropic causes and donates time to students of the MTSU Business College by engaging in speaking events to encourage entrepreneurial minds by telling his American success story.
Past recipients of the Joe M. Rodgers Spirit of America Award have been:
• Charlie Daniels
• John R. Ingram
• Joel C. Gordon
• Jack O. Bovender Jr.
• Andrea Loughry
• Governor Winfield Dunn
• Tommy Smith
• Bud Wendell
• Jack Vaughn
• Aubrey B. Harwell Jr.
• Bob Corker
• Marvin Runyon
Meet the Barretts at the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits.
On May 3 and 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Ronnie Barrett, his son Chris and daughter Angela, will be in in booth #2247 to meet fans, take photos and sign autographs.
The NRA Show will feature more than 500 exhibitors covering over 400,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, educational seminars, celebrities, and fun filled special events.
Barrett is a family owned and operated company specializing in high performance rifle systems and accessories. Barrett manufactures rifles, ammunition and optic accessories in addition to training for civilian sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, the US military and more than 73 State Department approved countries across the world.
Barrett’s Position Regarding the Assault on Liberty
February 20, 2013
Barrett opposes those who are illegally disarming the American public from their efficient arms and creating superior armed elitist government agencies.
Elected state officials of New York, having been sworn to protect our Constitution, have instead committed an offense against it and their citizens by stripping inalienable rights duly protected and guaranteed under the Second Amendment. By their deliberate and sinister actions, these officials now cause their state and local policing agencies to enforce these unconstitutional and illegal so called “laws”.
By current law, Barrett cannot be an accomplice with any lawbreaker, therefore, cannot and will not service or sell to New York government agencies. Barrett also applies this stance to the individual elected official who, as a matter of public record, has voted for or created regulation that violates the constitutional rights of their citizens. This is an expansion of our 2002 ban against the California government due to their second amendment infringements, and shall apply to any future violators.
In the course of world history there have been officials that strip inalienable rights from the people that were given to all by our Creator. Most of these officials inevitably come to trial, some do not.
Intentionally violating constitutional rights by officials that have sworn to uphold them should have severe prison sentences.
With the clear vision of horrible events in history repeating itself, all manufacturers of firearms or related equipment remaining in partnership with such violators should have a respectable fear of being found with the guilty on their day of trial.
During this era of assault on liberty, Barrett will remain steadfast in our efforts to serve law-abiding citizens of all fifty states, and stands together with you in the struggles we will fight and win.