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?

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