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.