Smith & Wesson is a Massachusetts-based weapons manufacturer, founded in 1852, that sells guns and other equipment to US police forces, the US military, as well as individuals. (Smith & Wesson also sells handcuffs and restraints.) The company markets assault rifles to the broad public, with marketing materials that are clearly meant to cater to young, white American men, and to increase profits by selling more guns. Indeed, in 2018, the 19-year-old who murdered 17 people (and injured 17 more) in Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, did so using a Smith & Wesson M&P15, a semi-automatic rifle.
Smith & Wesson has received federal funding, including a $474,172 purchase of guns, in 2020, from the US Department of Treasury.
Smith & Wesson also sells its weapons to Israel via the following distributor:
In 2021, Smith & Wesson has announced that it will relocate its headquarters, in 2023, from Massachusetts to Tennessee.