Facing high-capacity magazine ban, Magpul fights to stay in Colorado; Other states welcome with open arms

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is spearheading the effort to pass a sweeping national ban of 150 “weapons of war,” made no secret of the fact that her goal is to “dry up the supply.” We know that Democrats have trouble understanding the basics of the free market, including the forces of supply and demand, and as demand for firearms surges, suppliers are giving notice that they intend to meet that demand.

Twitchy told you yesterday about Sen. Ted Cruz’s visit to Texas-based rifle manufacturer LaRue Tactical, where he called recent gun-grabbing efforts both “cynical” and “wrong.” Today, Rep. Cory Gardner toured Colorado’s Magpul Industries, which last week threatened to move out of the state following the Colorado House’s vote to enact a ban on magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds.

In a press release, Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick wrote, “Our company could not, in good conscience, continue to manufacture our products in a state where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from purchasing and owning them. The passage of this bill will do nothing to enhance public safety, but will force us to immediately begin taking our business to another state.” And no, he’s not bluffing, as he made clear in a post to Facebook.

We’re hearing some rumors that the Gov and the Dem caucus think we are bluffing. Just to clarify for them, then…we’re not a political company. We dont play political games. We’ve made our position very clear, very publicly. We would not survive lying to our customer base, nor would we ever consider it. If you pass this, we will leave, and you will own it. We’ve already got plans in place to get PMAG manufacturing moved rapidly, and the rest of the company will follow. We will make sure to at least have a small remain-behind operation through the 2014 elections so that we can remind folks why we are gone.

Plenty of other states have offered to welcome Magpul with open arms. Despite the invitations, Magpul management have said they want to stay in Colorado and keep jobs in the state. They also want to keep Colorado free, and have issued a sticker to spread the word.

Look who else isn’t bluffing. Gov. Hickenlooper?

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    YES.

  • American.Vet

    If Magpul backs down and stays, they can kiss their business goodbye. They will be boycotted by every firearm owner for not standing up for what is right.

    • Garth Haycock

      Agreed.

      While it shows a lot of integrity on their part to want to remain in
      Colorado so the employees will continue to have jobs, Magpul should do
      what would be best for Magpul and leave Colorado. They will not help themselves by staying and it would eventually cost everyone at that company to lose their jobs, from hourly employees to officers.

  • peteee363

    this will be great, move out of colorado, but also refuse to sell to states with restrictive gun laws. but if the clowns in d.c. pass a dumb law, then no state will be safe. will somebody stop this madness in it’s tracks, and return us to a great nation again?

  • freeinaz

    Arizona welcomes Magpul or any other 2nd amendment supporters. This even includes you Californians that have seen the light……

  • Jefferson Tea Party

    Californians flee California for Colorado and immediately change Colorado to California! Beware infiltrated states!

    • Rodney Brungardt

      That is why I relocated to South Dakota 20 years ago. Thought about going back, but after all this anti 2nd amendment garbage, I will STAY right here and tolerate the cold winters!!!!

      • Michael Anderson (WB)

        Yep, I’ve only been here 5 years (6 winters). The only good thing about California was I married my wife there. In South Dakota we’re very free.

        • Hiraghm

          I know it sounds silly, but this is why we really need to be desperately pursuing the manned conquest of space. There are people who not only will put up with harsh winters, but downright lethal climates to build a future in a place that’s free, even if it has to be under a dome to a blackened sky.

          If we don’t find a way for the natural pioneers and adventurers to get off this planet, pretty soon the authoritarian, total-government “progressives” will have Earth so sewn up you won’t even be able to pee w/o permission.

    • Dick Beninya

      THIS^^^^

    • liquidflorian

      I’m from CA, and every time I hear something like this I know its this CA’s fault. I feel like Gandalf in Lord of the Rings before he falls into the pit; “Fly you Fools!”

      • $27789750

        Do you think CA will end up with no middle class like Detroit? Seems headed that way.

        • liquidflorian

          Yeah, all that will be left are the ultra rich liberals and illegals. Outside LA and the Bay Area California is a red state. I can’t imagine those people staying though. You have to read about what happened to Victor Davis Hansen on his family farm.

          • GaryTheBrave

            The far north part of California (north of Lake Shasta) call their area The State of Jefferson.

        • liquidflorian

          Yeah, all that will be left are the ultra rich liberals and illegals. Outside LA and the Bay Area California is a red state. I can’t imagine those people staying though. You have to read about what happened to Victor Davis Hansen on his family farm.

      • $27789750

        Do you think CA will end up with no middle class like Detroit? Seems headed that way.

  • NetizenKane

    #Magpul…You’re welcomed with open arms (no pun intended) in Alabama! We’ll get you some tax breaks!!!

  • GaryTheBrave

    Understand that Magpul has already made arrangements which means they likely have picked the place. I’m betting its WY with no business income taxes.

    The four bills voted on by the House still need to be voted on by the Senate so it’s not a done deal yet.

    Hickenlooper is a lib but even he may realize these laws won’t help. I hope he visited Magpul with my Congressman. He will realize what the loss of tax dollars will mean by the loss of one business.

    Colorado has been in the running, and lost, for the HQ’s of several corporations over the years. Boeing, Ziff-Davis Publishing, and a couple of others decided to go elsewhere. When word gets out that companies are leaving because of political as well as economic considerations then no company will want to move here.

    (Edit to correct spelling of Magpul. Blasted autocorrect!)

    • Murray

      and Wyoming is just a couple miles up the road. Plenty of space for a large and respected manufacturer. I already have a couple prime locations picked out for you.

    • walterc

      Campbell County in NE Wyoming has been in contact with Magpul. No state income taxes to contend with. and if some of their Colorado employees want to make the move, it’s not very for to go back and visit relatives.

      • GaryTheBrave

        County seat is Gillette. They don’t have enough room for the oil & gas workers that have moved there. What is unemployment there?

        • walterc

          Unemployment is about 5 1/2%. We have enough people and empty apartments to take care of it.

    • walterc

      Campbell County in NE Wyoming has been in contact with Magpul. No state income taxes to contend with. and if some of their Colorado employees want to make the move, it’s not very for to go back and visit relatives.

    • robcrawford2

      “Hickenlooper is a lib but even he may realize these laws won’t help.”

      Immaterial. Gun control isn’t about crime, it’s about control.

    • robcrawford2

      “Hickenlooper is a lib but even he may realize these laws won’t help.”

      Immaterial. Gun control isn’t about crime, it’s about control.

  • Maxx

    They say “elections have consequences.” Here is yet another prime example.

    For those who sat it out in November, unhappy that your conservative of choice didn’t win the nomination, I get it. I really do. But Mitt on his worst day would have been better than this gun-grabbing President on his best. If Romney was in office right now, do you think you would be reading all of these stories? Do you think you’d have to go to auction sites to buy your ammo? Do you think a FNH Five-Seven would be selling for $2,000 when in October, it could be had for $1,050? How about a Kel Tec PMR-30 that fires a freakin’ .22 plinker for Pete’s sake…that last summer, was available for $275 but now, due to it’s 30-round magazine, is now selling for $900….IF you can even find one. You can thank the guy who is now in office for this mess.

    You’re damn right elections have consequences. I say to Magpul….I feel your pain but hang on…the mid terms are coming and I’m hoping those who sat out 2012 will have finally had enough as well. If libs think November 2010 was a tough year, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      Can’t be said any better than the way you just did.

    • Hiraghm

      No, we’d be reading similar stories, however. More importantly, we’d be reading these same exact stories in 2016 or 2020. Romney is on the same path to total government, he just wants to take the scenic route.

  • fivegreatkids

    We’re right over here Magpul! Still in the tops of the mountains, fantastic skiing, gun rights and great work force. Come to Utah, leave the strong anti gun lobby behind…..

    • Vennoye

      Of all those tweets, the one from Mike St James from Utah’s waving and blowing kisses was the best!! Loved it!

  • mary kile

    We’re waiting with open arms in Texas. Here are the reasons why Co. move to TX from D Magazine: http://realpoints.dmagazine.com/2011/11/sarah-payne-why-companies-are-relocating-to-texas/

  • $27789750

    MA has done/is doing same to NH. Breaks my heart. However, in NH, the libertarians are challenging them. Have not decided which I dislike the most, but libs are in the lead.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Yeah, I’m down here in the Massachusetts SSR and have thought about moving up to NH for several years, but hardly seems worth the effort now. Maybe Texas or Wyoming, but I don’t know about Wy. for work.

      Hell, can you still defect to Russia?

  • $27789750

    MA has done/is doing same to NH. Breaks my heart. However, in NH, the libertarians are challenging them. Have not decided which I dislike the most, but libs are in the lead.

  • Biff Sarin

    Honestly, the estimate of 600 jobs and $85 million is probably much lower than the true number. A company like Magpul has a habit of fostering other business nearby. For instance, a spring company that might manufacture their magazine springs by the millions. A local company like that would also likely loose jobs and revenue if Magpul left.

  • BeeKaaay

    Democrats don’t care about your job. They only care about themselves and their cronies.

  • SFerggie

    There is a chance Tx could go blue the next election I think Id or Wy might be a better choice.

    • Hiraghm

      Well, there ain’t a Chinaman’s chance in hell that OK will go blue next election…

  • Hiraghm

    Serendipity? Irony? While reading this article, I’m watching the movie, “Firecreek” with Jimmy Stewart. – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062975/

    “Johnny Cobb:
    [to Whittier, who is reluctant to give him a gun]
    Search for a place where there are no bruises and tie it up with a
    ribbon, and tell yourself that what’s inside is the sum total of your
    life, and what I didn’t see was the day a man decides not to face the
    world is the day he better step out of it. Now give me that gun!”

    “It gets to be a habit not to take a stand”.
    “Once people take a stand, there won’t be anyplace for the Larkins to hide”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7exS3LJnkY

    Right now Americans are facing the dilemma the losers of Firecreek were facing. Give in to the bullies and hope they’ll be satisfied to take what they’ve taken, or to stand up and risk losing everything we’ve got left to stop them once and for all. Problem is, I don’t see where have a Johnny Cobb as “Sheraf” to fight for us.

  • DrSamHerman

    Magpul, Beretta, Remington and who next? I can imagine every red state’s business development officials are gearing up for trips to Maryland, Colorado and other states where firearms businesses are under attack by their own stupid Democrat legislatures.

    How much do you want to bet that some Democrat sphincter in their legislature is already proposing a law to make it a criminal offense to move a business out of their state?