HiViz Shooting Systems confirms plans to leave rights-infringing Colorado; Magpul gives shout-out

Can you hear them now, Governor Hickenlooper? Twitchy has extensively reported on gun manufacturer Magpul’s plans to leave the “occupied territory” of Colorado. The governor recently signed three anti-gun bills into law.

That’s right: HiViz Shooting Systems has announced its plans to leave as well.

From HiViz’s FaceBook page:


As a result of the recent changes to the Colorado state gun control legislation, HiViz is announcing plans to move out of the state. Talks are currently under way with officials of a neighboring state regarding the move.

Phil Howe, HiViz President and CEO stated, “I make this announcement with mixed emotions. Colorado is a beautiful state with great people, but we cannot in clear conscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base.” He notes that prior to the changes in law in Colorado, he made several attempts to persuade state officials via emails and telephone calls to proceed slowly with gun control legislation that would impact individual shooters and the shooting industry as a whole.

Magpul gives HiViz a Twitter shout-out in solidarity.

Twitter users also offer support and welcome them to other states.

Rep. Stockman reaches out as well.

Speaking of jobs: Heckuva job, Hickenlooper. Again.


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  • Brian H (wackobird)

    Actions have consequences….

    • angeleyez

      Does Colorado have trouble with the truth ?
      ▲ Y E S
      ▼ N O

      • angeleyez

        OOPS . . . . . SMALLER IMAGE

        • BeautifulAmerica

          I liked the first one; it’s in-your-face, Colorado.

  • Spatial Awareness

    Hear that Colorado? You are about to become California. #Congratulation ~_^

    • TugboatPhil

      I think the reason is that so many Californians came there and brought their voting habits with them. Libs aren’t content to just sh*t in their own well, they want to sh*t in everyone else’s too.

      • Stupid Republic

        I would agree. Left there in ’97, after the first wave of Californians came in. I got real sick real fast of the newbies going “in California, we blah blah blah blah blah.”

        • waltzingmtilda

          They do it everywhere they go. We’ve had a wave of Dems move up from the city over the last 15 years, after having thoroughly trashed it. Now they want to do the same thing in the suburbs. Sad part is, they could afford to move away from the mess they made, leaving behind a dependent class that is rapidly depleting what little resources (read “tax base”) are left.

          • Ron Rider

            That’s what we have been saying here in the South for years. Nice weather, low taxes, indepentent thinking, God fearing people that we are, and then here comes the northern folks. Trying to enjoy what we have, but then they want to change it…

          • waltzingmtilda

            Trust me, when we finally make the move, it will be because we like the South just the way it is.

          • WayneLLewis

            As the saying goes, “difference between a Yankee and a damned Yankee is the later stays”

      • Anderson

        That sums it up perfectly. I have nothing to add.

        • NotaLemming

          I think the best analogy is CANCER!

      • CR

        Just like any cancer, when they have destroyed one area they need to spread to find healthy spots to destroy as well. And just as destructive.

      • SD Wheeler

        Removal is the only way.

  • CR

    Hmm. It’s almost like democrat politicians WANT to destroy all jobs leaving no option for people other than government welfare. But no, that would be crazy. Obviously, they just have absolutely no concept of the law of unintended consequences. Maybe they taught that the same day they taught the constitution and the politicians were absent for both…

  • detroit19

    SC would LOVE to have you both!

    • Miss Clairee

      Yep! Come to South Kakalaki! They won’t EVAH take our guns!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • R.C.

    HiViz, Magpul, this is what democracy looks like.

    • McCarty Griffin

      Actually, that’s what bankrupting a state looks like. Just ask California.

      • R.C.

        Some laboratories initiate dangerous experiments.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Remember, we are a Republic….and proud of it.

  • CatHerder

    Wherever you decide to settle, make sure the political climate reflects a long-term concern on the part of the citizenry to demand and retain Constitutional rights.

    Like…ummm…Texas, maybe?

  • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

    MagPul & HiViz don’t back down LEAVE!

  • Anderson

    They were put out of business today anyway so what other choice do they have.

  • Mojeaux

    This is a problem. If those industries leave and take with them conservatives, that leaves less resistance for the leftists in the state to contend with. The swing state goes blue. That’s less chance for a conservative. In the end we will have large numbers of bankrupt socialist states like California and a few red states doing wildly successful like Texas. And with the debt/deficit spending cycle it attracts undocumented democrats in droves. This is the right thing to do for HiViz, but it’s the wrong thing for our country.

    • Garth Haycock

      An honest question – when was the last time Colorado as a swing state actually helped a conservative to be elected as POTUS?

      • Mojeaux

        You can say that of many states. Pretty soon it will be in the blue column and there won’t be a chance.

    • Julie Jewels

      If we can get most conservatives into two or three neighboring states then the possibility of secession becomes higher. I say screw the liberals and let them lay in the beds they made.

      • Mojeaux

        Wish we could. But that is no longer an option.

  • TocksNedlog

    Colorado, you’re gonna have to collect a whole lotta taxes on weed in order to make up for all of those lost jobs & business taxes & real estate leases & utility usage & license fees & all of the associated economic activity & …

    • SD Wheeler

      Just a measly $1.5 billion annually……but hey….who’s counting.

      • TocksNedlog

        The Coloradoans that voted these idiots into office had better count on their sales, income and property taxes all being increased to cover the shortfall — all so they can ‘feel’ safer.

  • bigkahuna9

    How many jobs now in total are leaving 500-600 ?

    • SD Wheeler

      Pushing 1000 if you include the Outdoor Channel shows that are not going to be filmed in Colorado.

  • Gkiter

    Hope all guns manufacturers move out the country actually. Guns are useless if nobody have them but more guns call for more guns to the profits of manufacturers. We don’t want blood tainted jobs.

    • Garth Haycock

      You don’t have to buy a gun. Why do you want to deny the rest of our Constitutional right?

      • tredglx

        Because that’s what liberals do. Rights for me, not for thee.

      • Gkiter

        The Constitution should be changed. Owning a fire arm was making sense back in the days but not anymore.

        • Garth Haycock

          I don’t know if you are a genius troll or a gun-grabbing idiot. Based on other comments you’ve made, I’ll go with the latter.

          • Gkiter

            I don’t know if insulting someone who has a different opinion is a sign of intelligence or stupidity, I’ll go with the latter.

        • Edel Snow

          So don’t own one. Funny, we have a lot of birth control on the market and yet, we still have so many deaths from abortion.

    • Exgunman

      Rest assured that the people who have them are not your friends.”When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SD Wheeler

      How about you tell us all your plans to get the criminals to hand over their guns.

      We’ll wait.

      • Gkiter

        That’s the job of law enforcement not citizens.

        • Julie Jewels

          So you and the anti-constitution left have absolutely no plan. Much like the president during the last election or now with your president with no budget.

          • Gkiter

            I don’t need a plan, I’m not a politician.

          • Julie Jewels

            You truly are a total retard. When you finally realize that the government that you support does not support you, I hope your end is at least quick.

          • Gkiter

            What a stupid comment. What you’re saying is that the citizens need guns so they can fight against the government and some ghost bad guys? You watched Jerocho too much, I suggest you turn off Fox news or your TV all together, maybe you are one of these preppers nuts too? If you want to live in fear that’s your problem but I don’t and that’s why I don’t need a gun.

          • Gkiter

            I suppose you heard at church that Jesus is coming back and the end of the world is soon so you prep with ammunition and buckets of dry food and bottled water in your garage against civil war and angels from the sky who will take non believers away and those left will have to start over and be able to defend themselves. Maybe you even have an anti-atomic shelter in your backyard, I could see that. I don’t go to church and don’t live in fear, that’s why I don’t need a gun.

          • Julie Jewels

            Actually no, I’m an atheist. But I am also a student of history and I know that without protectors that it repeats itself. If you do any research you would find that Hitler was elected with a huge majority and within years he turned on his supporters. He rounded up everyone who he and his elite did not approve of and murdered them. There are so many correlations between then and now that survivors of the Holocaust are warning us of the signs of what is coming. I will die fighting, you will probably die happily at the hands of your jailers.

          • Gkiter

            “Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY.”
            Hermann Goaering.

            This quote fitted like a glove to W and Dick when they were in power, now it fits very well the the NRA and guns supporters. That is history repeating itself over and over. What we really need in this country is get rid of the corruption, left or right. Until about 150 people continue to provide 60% of the funding to politicians campaigns the country will sink and sink and sink. We need the Republic back, we need the democracy back, the democracy where people have an impact with their votes, where the politicians work for the people and not for their funding providers. But the tea party does not want that, because they are themselves funded by the top elite, the 0.005% of the population who controls most of the money, politicians and media, that’s the reality.

          • Julie Jewels

            I see that you are extremely confused as your president got all his funding from the top 1% and foreign governments. Nice try. I will vote and I will terminate any threats to my liberty.

    • alanstorm

      I’m sure you have a point to make somewhere in there, but I can’t find it under the mangled syntax.

  • Rulz

    O’Malley/Hickenlooper 2016 for the democrats…..

    We should start pushing weaker dem candidates.

  • Chase C.

    I hope they were talking about Utah as that neighboring state.

  • Voting Female

    Hi-VIZ Pulls Up Stakes In The Latest Lib Trash State.

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    Elections have consequences

  • Jarhead83

    Not sure if anyone’s pointed it out yet, but neither company is a “gun manufacturer”, although they do manufacture gun accessories. Whatever the case, more power to them…

  • SD Wheeler

    Did Oblamo tell Hickenlollipop how to regain that $1.5 billion they will be losing ANNUALLY due to gun industry leaving Colorado?

    No? Oh…..too bad. So sad. Jackasses

  • David Johnson

    Arizona would welcome either company or both HiViz or Magpul!

  • MikeRios

    With their Hitleresque laws enacted Colorado is not only losing manufacturing companies to other states they are going to lose a multi million dollar out of state hunting industry.

    I was planning to go deer hunting in Colorado this year but now I wouldn’t hunt for an out house in that Soviet State.

    If any body wants to hunt in Texas, we don’t have a limit on magazines or magazine capacity when hunting. C’mon down.
    For those in Colorado who are beginning to long for freedom, Texas is still free. There is no state income tax and we are not jailed for protecting are personal property. Kinda like America used to be.

  • Tequila

    Ya’ll come on down to Georgia for some southern hospitality. Glock just recently expanded their manufacturing plant to something like 90K sq ft and one of the few gun shop owners, Adventure Outdoors, who so far has been able to stick a finger in the eye of Nanny Bloomberg when he sent his state storm troopers down here a few years ago to make illegal gun purchases and then prosecute the store owners, has also expanded and is going strong. My favorite gun store is Wild West Traders. Both those gun shops have indoor ranges, offer classes, and have knowledgeable staff on hand and all are in Smyrna, Georgia. Granted deep pockets Bloomberg managed to run some out of business just because they didn’t have the money to fight him and we still can’t figure out how he got by with making illegal purchases and didn’t get prosecuted himself.

    Finally we now have 2 cities which require the head of household to own a gun for self defense. There is no penalty for not owning a gun, but the crime rate in both towns is remarkably lower then that of similar sized towns.

  • agroulx

    Now I think Michelle Malkin should get the hell out of Colorado too. It is not worthy enough of receiving her family’s tax dollars.