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Major Colorado Gun Company Making Good On Threat To Leave If Governor Approves Gun Grab

March 20, 2013 by  

Major Colorado Gun Company Making Good On Threat To Leave If Governor Approves Gun Grab

Colorado-based Magpul, a manufacturer of gun accessories like grips, mounts, sights and magazines, is evidently making good on its pledge to move its operations out of the State if a ban on magazine capacity and other 2nd Amendment infractions is approved by the Legislature and Governor.

The new laws — three separate bills limiting magazine size to 15 rounds, requiring all gun buyers to undergo universal background checks and then requiring them to pay for the privilege — all moved through the State Legislature last week; Governor John Hickenlooper has publicly said he’ll sign each of them into law today.

From the beginning of Colorado’s romance with gun control, Magpul has said it can’t continue to operate in a State that denies its residents the power to own and use its products, even as law enforcement officers remain exempt from the ban.

Likewise, the 14-year-old company has said it’s wrong for Colorado to welcome the tax revenues its estimated $85 million in annual revenues brings in, as well as hundreds of jobs, while hypocritically forcing it to do business outside the State in order to remain viable.

So on Monday, Magpul told its Facebook followers that it had seen enough:

We have said all along that based on the legal problems and uncertainties in the bill, as well as general principle, we will have no choice but to leave if the Governor signs this into law. We will start our transition out of the state almost immediately, and we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first. We expect the first PMAGs to be made outside CO within 30 days of the signing, with the rest to follow in phases. We will likely become a multi-state operation as a result of this move, and not all locations have been selected. We have made some initial contacts and evaluated a list of new potential locations for additional manufacturing and the new company headquarters, and we will begin talks with various state representatives in earnest if the Governor indeed signs this legislation. Although we are agile for a company of our size, it is still a significant footprint, and we will perform this move in a manner that is best for the company and our employees.

It is disappointing to us that money and a social agenda from outside the state have apparently penetrated the American West to control our legislature and Governor, but we feel confident that Colorado residents can still take the state back through recalls, ballot initiatives, and the 2014 election to undo these wrongs against responsible Citizens.

The company has had no shortage of out-of-State relocation invites from elected officials who respect the Constitutional powers of individual gun ownership. There’s Pennsylvania, Wyoming, South Carolina, Texas — and the list goes on.

The company’s stance has earned it a huge boost from individual gun owners as well. And at least two sheriffs in Colorado have said they won’t enforce the laws.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Buster the Anatolian

    Good for Magpul. I know of several locations that would welcome them with open arms.

    • Bpante

      Florida has no state income tax.

      • chuck

        And NO crazy gun laws in FLORIDA, And housing is still cheap, lots of building built during the boom is vacant, and most cities will come up with rewards to new business, Call our governor for a welcome!

      • DaveH234

        The Flip-Flopping Governor of Florida Sucks!

    • Buster the Anatolian

      I should have said locations in Arkansas. A few of them are: Ft Smith (empty ex Whirlpool building), DeValls bluff, Dardanelle, Danville, Plainview. These are just a few of the towns and cities that would be more than happy to have part or all of the Magpul manufacturing in their location.

  • http://personalliberty Alondra

    Ben, you wrote: “at least two sheriffs in Colorado have said they won’t enforce the laws.”

    According to the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) the SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATIONS of the 15 States (including Colorado) and 340 Sheriffs and police chiefs across the country are saying “NO” to ALL unconstitutional policies of the Kenyan EGO-Centric Psychopath.

    There is the link to the CO Sheriff’s Association statement.

    • http://personalliberty Alondra

      This is a list of a 136 companies that are AGAINST gun control and have taken the step to publicly announce that THEY WILL NOT SELL ITEMS TO STATES, COUNTIES, CITIES, AND MUNICIPALITIES THAT RESTRICT THEIR CITIZENS RIGHTS TO OWN THEM; therefore closing the “police loophole” themselves.
      Add your company to the list.

      Spread the Fact and Please PASS IT ON to all your e-mail contacts. Thanks.

      P.S. On 03/10/13 was 126 companies.

  • Harold Olsen

    If this governor is a Democrat, I’m sure he won’t just allow this company to leave. I’m sure he’ll come up with some sort of law that will allow him to seriously fine them if they decide to leave in opposition to him. It seems like Democrats all over the country are taking a page from Obama’s playbook, which is very similar to Hitler’s, and go after their enemies. No one is allowed to oppose them.

    • Vicki

      It would be amusing to hear the argument a governor would make to try and stop a business from leaving the state.

      • http://personalliberty Alondra

        Harold Olsen says: “It seems like Democrats all over the country are taking a page from Obama’s playbook …No one is allowed to oppose them.”

        All DEMONcrats are taking orders his and his administration orders. If they do not comply, so do you remember what the Criminal-in-chief said?

        “We’re gonna punish OUR ENEMIES and reward OUR FRIENDS who stand with us on issues that are important to us.” – Barack Hussein Obama a.k.a. Barry Soetoro a.k.a. Barrack Obama a.k.a. Barrack Dunham a.k.a. Barry Dunham a.k.a. Barry Soebarkah a.k.a. Barak Mounir Ubayd a.k.a. HARRISON J. BOUNEL

        “Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.” (I Samuel 24:13)

        P.S. Do you remember when the “most Transparent ‘president’ in history of the USA” removes the Press before he’ll take the questions from Governors at the White House

      • Dale

        you seem to forget the Obama crowd told Boeing that they could not move to a right to work State

      • Vicki

        Dale says:
        “you seem to forget the Obama crowd told Boeing that they could not move to a right to work State”

        How’d that work out for him?

    • Jeff

      Maybe Obama can instruct his NLRB to enjoin them from leaving.

    • Combat seabee

      Just watch!!!!!!!!

  • TIME

    They are Welcome in Georgia.

    Peace and Love, Shalom

  • Jeff

    The last sentence from MagPul’s statement needs to be repeated and remembered. Capricious limits on our rights are wrongs against responsible citizens.

    You do not make the predator less dangerous by disarming the prey.

    • Vicki

      Jeff says:
      “Capricious limits on our rights are wrongs against responsible citizens. ”

      Said that way is a bit nebulous. To put concrete numbers to responsible citizens makes it all to painfully clear what they are doing. That is why I tell politicians (and gun grabbers) that

      ~300 MILLION Americans didn’t shoot anyone.

      Stop punishing the INNOCENT for the acts of a very few

      Stop it
      Stop it NOW.

      Seen that way the vast number of responsible citizens who are being wronged becomes quite clear.

      Even children know that it is unfair and wrong to punish the innocent. Why do politicians do that? And why do responsible citizens continue to vote them back in?

  • Combat seabee

    Way to go governor huckleberry hound! You and the rest of the dimwits just cost your state jobs, and tourism, which by the way, is way to early to tell the exact financial loss!!!
    I hope you all give yourselves a high five, because your citizens are going to give you thumbs down!!!!

  • T. Jefferson

    You people smoke too much of what you legalized.

    Welcome to Texas MagPul!



      • Bill Henry

        Were you perchance ever aboard the LaSalle?

  • FreedomFighter

    Go for it MagPul.

    Dont like the tax system in KOMMIfornia move out.
    Dont like the pygmy dictator Bloomburg regulating your life and taking your guns – move out

    Remove the tax base from these TRAITORs passing UNCONSTITUTIONAL laws – vote with your feet.

    VOTE THEM ALL OUT – gun owners make up 80-100 million adult voters in this country, show them the power of that…in fact votes on GUN CONFISCATION (gun control laws) have been postponed until after midterm election due to the huge backlash by Americans.



    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • ToughGuy1

      I hear ya brother. Brothers In Arms!

    • Average Joe

      “Remove the tax base from these TRAITORs passing UNCONSTITUTIONAL laws – vote with your feet.”

      …learn to vote with your wallet (Voting in the booth is rigged). Fill out a new W-4 form at your job and file exempt…keep that money in your wallet…not your bank account (keep only enough in the bank to cover your bills, it can be confiscated at any time [think FDR 1934 and Cyprus now]).
      Next, stop buying products from states and corporations that influence our government officials through largesse. Buy only what you need for you and your family to survive.
      The only thing that any of these people understand is…Power and Money…cut off the money and the power dissipates…learn to vote with your wallet…as well as your feet….
      Invest in copious amounts of precious metals…I suggest brass and lead.


  • jdn

    Colorado’s governor could care less if they move and any loss in revenue will be made up by raising taxes on everyone else . Democrat controlled states should run all weapons manufacturing out of their states and close all military bases just on principle alone .


      Between Gov Taft in Ohio and the EPA and OSHA,I watched Ohio slowly go down hill over the decades. As I traveled to other states and then come back to Ohio to see how grey and depressing and trashy the State is I finally got out of there. They run alot of business out of Ohio with taxes and regulation and cost of utilities. Many companies moved either South or clean out of the Country. When the State lost those jobs and corporate taxes, they started raising taxes on the people to make up for the lost revenue.

  • Carl

    I applaud them for their determination and conviction. I also agree, that the state government should not benefit from the tax money generated by a product that they won’t even allow their citizens to use.

  • Tom T

    There is an empty manufacturing plant in Dahlonega, GA that used to be a Mohawk carpet plant. The City would no doubt make a deal to help with Unemployment in the area give them a call Mag Pul or any other company looking to flee these foolish politicians.

  • Ted Crawford

    I was born and raised in Colorado. After I returned from Nam I went to work in the Campaign of Pat Schroeder. After nearly 3 years there I left the Democrat Party! After they engineered the destruction of the last remaining Liberal in the Colorado Democrat Party, Gary Hart in1988, I left the State never to return and never have i regretted the decision!
    It was clear, even then that Colorado would become a mini-California!


    I would venture to think that for a manufacturer of guns or accessories, Texas is likely the best bet to be the last to cave in to federal Government out of all the other States.




      If they done so, I would be willing to buy more of their products to help off set the lose of business from those States. Even if it meant to do twice as much target practice just to use up the ammo and such, in return they would continue to get their business sales and I would benefit with the added practice.If everyone done a little more in order to support these companies, I think it would send a message eventually to these Blue States not to mess with Americans rights or be in the soup lines and line up at the churches for a cot when you lose your homes to foreclosure.


    It will be great if other companies follow suite and do the same thing, and not just for gun issues. States such as NYC bloombergs attack of soft drinks and now cigarettes. Any company, vendor or otherwise that makes the bottles for or labels or packaging or any of the contents whether it be the product or the raw materials should move out of the State in which their business is being attacked or effected by the attacks.

    Take those jobs and tax revenues to a state by which appreciates their business and hard work. Let all the blue States go to h3ll in a hand basket just like Detroit and Chicago and Cleveland is and lets not forget California.

  • Ray Gillespie

    Kentucky is a friendly state with respect to our 2nd amendment rights. Don’t overlook our state…and my compliments in your willingness to fight back against idiot politicians.

  • Bill Henry

    It inspires hope in my old heart to see and hear the amount of cooperation that the patriotic citizenry of the country are getting from law enforcement and businesses in what is becoming a very trying time our countries history. Keep up the good work. Non sibi sed patraie.

  • Tom George

    This govenor must be an Obama crony!!! He’s as much a traitor to the constitution as Obama and needs to be branded as a enemy of this country and our great constitution!!! He needs to go now!!!

  • http://yahoo don

    can you imagine the loss that the state will tahe when hunters go to nebraska , kansas, olklahoma,south dakota, and north dakota to hunt pheasants to hunt pheasants. between all the hunting and tax revenues they will lose their butts. the big game hunters will go dlsewhere to hunt. i hope you dumbas_es lose your royal power and your seats in the state senate. a few petitions and elections and hopefully the people will have their rights back. what happened to land of the free and home of the brave. seems the government wants land of the sheeple and home of the powerless.

  • http://aol CommonSense4America

    I have hunted deer, elk, and antelope in Colorado for ten years. NO MORE!! I have skied in Colorado for twenty years. NO MORE!!

    Hello Utah!! Better snow too.

  • Don 2

    Amazing…..where are all the leftist trolls regarding this story?

  • Jim

    I quit hunting Colorado in 1993, they doubled their elk licnece fee’s to $500 for non-residents. this was the beginning of making it a rich mans activity. It’s the non-residents paying for thie fish and wildlife programs.

  • Wellarmed

    Rock on Magpul!

    This is long overdue. In addition Magpul should also limit the sale to all government agencies in the state of Colorado that are willing to enforce this unconstitutional legislation. When ever there is a ban such as this taking place, I see no good reason why police should be allowed an exemption, as that creates a class system and a dangerous differential of power that is not to the peoples benefit.

    Magpul unfortunately is not the only business that should consider relocation, and I would go as far to say that this should be a wake up call to all of those who wish to remain free. It is not just private enterprise that should take heed of this warning.

    Look at states which respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and move there! These places will be the last islands of freedom in a sea of blue.

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