Colorado company: New gun law will make us move

Magpul produces high-capacity ammunition magazines, and it says the state's planned 15-round limit will force it to relocate.

By Bruce Kennedy Mar 19, 2013 2:05PM

30-round capacity ammunition magazines inside the Magpul Industries plant, in Erie, Colo., on February 28, 2013 (© Brennan Linsley/AP)Economics and a hot-button political issue are intersecting in Colorado, as the state prepares to enact several new gun laws.

Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the three new laws on Wednesday. The first requires a universal background check for people wanting to purchase a gun in the state. The second says gun buyers must pay for that background check. And the third puts a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines.

But the ban on larger-capacity magazines is gathering the most heat. It turns out that one of the nation's top producers of large-capacity gun magazines, Magpul Industries, is based in Colorado. The company manufactures a line of 30-round magazines for AR15, M4 and M16 rifles, and it says it has sold millions "to military, law enforcement and commercial users."

An entry on the Magpul Facebook page says the company will "start our transition out of state almost immediately," if Hickenlooper signs the bill into law.

In a press release issued last month, Magpul noted it directly employs 200 people and supports another 400 supply-chain jobs, while adding more than $85 million annually to Colorado's economy.

"We could choose to stay in a state that wants our jobs and revenue, but not our products, and lose half the jobs we are fighting to save, or potentially the entire business, when our customers stop buying," said Magpul CEO Doug Smith. "Or, we can take the company and those 600 jobs out of Colorado to continue our growth and the growth of American manufacturing in a state that shares our values. This is not really a choice."

According to the Associated Press, Democrats in the Colorado legislature have tweaked the gun magazine ban to allow companies in the state to produce ammunition magazines of all sizes, as long as they're sold out-of-state.

And others involved in the gun control controversy doubt Magpul's promise to relocate.

"I don't think Magpul is about to pull out," Bill Hoover told AP. Hoover's grandson was one of 12 people killed last summer at a movie-theater shooting in Aurora, outside of Denver. "It's going to cost them a bundle of money."

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Mar 19, 2013 2:27PM

The person who said "it's going to cost them a bundle of money" doesn't have much of an understanding of how the game is played. The governor of Texas has let Magpul know they will be more than welcome in the Lone Star. Along with that welcome will come tax breaks and incentives that will insure they don't lose a dime if they move. In fact they could come out ahead depending on the state they go to and the deal they make.

A company that employs 200 people and pumps $85 million into the economy making a product that has the US government as one its major clients is a prime catch for any state. The states that want them will make sure they are compensated for the "bundle" they are going to lose.

Better wake up and smell the coffee Colorado.

Mar 19, 2013 3:25PM
Three new laws on the books, because gang members and other criminals always obey the law.
Mar 19, 2013 4:01PM
Good for magpul, if in fact they do pull out I will deffintly buy their product and recommend it to others and will find another state to hunt in Those people that loose their jobs should remember why they are jobless and vote and campain  in future elections accordlinly  !
Mar 19, 2013 4:04PM
Samething is happening in Maryland with Beretta.  I live in Maryland and hope they leave... I'm right behind them.  Maryland and Colorado don't deserve their tax revenue. 
Mar 19, 2013 6:15PM

The worst part about all of this is that most Colorado residents don't support what our Democrat-run state government is doing. 


All the power in this state is in the hands of liberal Denver, mostly made up of people who migrated here from California after they destroyed the economy there.


Residents and opponents of the gun bans were give little to no voice in the whole process.  Everything was rammed down our throats by "experts" and outside politicians from Obama's campaign.  Colorado just got steamrolled by Washington.  If they want all this horrible legislation, why don't they keep it in their backyards instead of ours?

Mar 19, 2013 4:19PM
there should NEVER be a tax on a background check...just more ways to make money...the govt is slowly breaking this country...who thought of this, gloomberg?
Mar 19, 2013 9:08PM

Good thinkin Magpul show them what we  real Americans think and are made of.

Mar 20, 2013 12:16AM

One more example of how the Government  "shoots themselves in the foot"..


Particularily a Local (State) shooting themselves in the face....With an Egg.


Betcha Mag's will go South to Okie, Texas or Arizona..

Mar 20, 2013 1:27PM

Definitely come to Texas. Gray county just passed a law saying that basically the federal government can kiss our a$$ that they are not going to comply and we get to keep our guns, ammunitions, etc. with no limitations on magazine capacity, etc. Thank God that we have officials who aren't Obama's minions/morons. Like the new law stated they will NOT follow or enforce anything that infringes on our 2nd, 9th and 10th Amendment rights. By God the 2nd Amendment was created to protect us from exactly what the government is becoming a tyranny. Our officials stated like so many others that Adolph Hilter started the same movement with the Jews and that also England did the same thing. Hopefully people will wise up before it's too late for our country because we're headed straight for hell in a hand basket if people keep letting Obama think he is actually doing this country any good. People say he's the anti-Christ(not too sure about that) but he's daym sure not a president. The man cares more about the Muslim brotherhood and other countries before his own and to state that we are "not" in a debt crisis and he's not worried about balancing the budget  speaks volumes. Just saying.

Mar 20, 2013 1:00AM
We are seeing evidence over and over that the gun "banners', are only that and they could care less about keeping children safe...
Mar 20, 2013 5:46AM
Bill Hoover and everyone who thinks like him is delusioned. These are the same people who will be standing around crying about the government not being there to save them the next time a crisi**** that they did not prepare for. Hurricane victimes waiting for government  are still waiting!
Mar 20, 2013 8:26AM
Come to Hardin County Tennessee we would love to have you. We need the jobs and have several locations sitting empty from all those company's the headed south of the border and overseas after NAFTA was passed.
Mar 20, 2013 1:36PM
I would file charges against Colorado For violation of the Second Amendment, because Congress did not authorize the reduction in magazines or the use of assault weapons. It was never brought to the floor. Hickenlooper is heading for impeachment.
Mar 20, 2013 12:30PM

to ,RN ITs not the magazines I am speaking about. And no I don't hunt with a large magazine.

  It's like the legend of the horse shoe nail,If I don't stand up for you when you need help you want be their to stand up for me.And it's clearly in our best intrest yours and mine that these politicians don't succeed.Because if they do it will surley lead to hard times for this country from which we might neever recover .Look around the world at what has happend after  gun control and confication.look at California and the AG letter to registered gun owners and his comments before registration. Then tell me I am wrong .The only way is to hit them where it hurts in the pocket book  and put them out of offiice . Not to be ugly to you but those crooks will scush you like a bug and never look back .

  call me radical if you will,but like Patrick Henry said "Give me liberty or give me death " It's probably comming to that faster than we think Hopefully I am wrong.If not' are you ready?

Mar 20, 2013 1:33PM
The proposed Colorado law is hypocritical in that the company can stay but cannot produce ammo or magazines for guns already in Colorado.  I would move out ASAP just on principal alone.  They can come to Idaho.  We love such folks.  We have ammo producers here.
Mar 20, 2013 1:31PM

The entire southeast is trying to get Magpul to relocate to their particular state. Incentives galore.

Mar 20, 2013 1:46PM

MR. GOVERNOR YOU SHOULD BE TRIED FOR TREASON. Your trying to do away with the 2nd amendment just like the rest of the democrats. go live in china or the UK. we don't need your kind in our country.

Mar 20, 2013 1:43PM
So the government "tweaked" the law to allow them to manufacture there, but not sell there ?  Sounds kind of hypocritical to me.  "We don't want your product, but we want your tax dollars".  If the government was sincere about this, they would force the company to move out of state to show that their principles were more important than the money the company brings in.  But we all know isn't going to happen.
Mar 20, 2013 1:59PM
What I wish would happen is everyone that owns a gun would boycott Colorado. From hunters, fishermen, to vacationer to skier's. if you own a gun and believe in the 2nd don't spend a dollar in Colorado. I live in Colorado and one thing that they understand is dollars and the lack of them due to their stupidity. If ever gun owner would help us and stand behind us it would send a message to not only to Colorado but every state considering doing something like this. 
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