Looks like @Magpul_HQ is going to leave CO because some crazy gun law changes. KY would be a great place to move your company! We love you!!—
Shaun Davis (@superdavis78) March 19, 2013
As Twitchy reported, Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign into law Wednesday a handful of new gun control regulations, including a bill banning magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds. Hickenlooper spokesman Eric Brown had said that ”large magazines have the potential to turn killers into killing machines,” but the ban is also bound to turn into a job-killing machine as manufacturer Magpul readies a move out of state.
The full statement as posted to Facebook received more than 10,000 likes within the first two hours.
Apparently Gov Hickenlooper has announced that he will sign HB 1224 on Wednesday. We were asked for our reaction, and here is what we said:
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.
If Hickenlooper is indeed planning a Wednesday signing ceremony, there’s still time left to lobby for a veto. It’s not likely, of course, but opponents of the legislation aren’t giving up yet — nor are those lobbying to be among that “multi-state operation.”