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    I'm sadden that Colorado passed anti-gun legislation this afternoon...
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    This may be an even bigger blow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    MAGPUL INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES IT WILL LEAVE COLORADO IF GUN BILL PASSES

    MOVE WOULD COST STATE 600 JOBS, $85 MILLION

    Denver, Colorado – February 15th, 2013 - Magpul Industries, an Erie, Colorado, based manufacturer of firearms accessories, announced today that it will be forced to leave the state if House Bill 1224, which would ban standard capacity magazines, becomes law. The announcement was made to Governor Hickenlooper, state legislators, members of the media, and in a full-page advertisement to appear in the Denver Post on Sunday.

    Richard Fitzpatrick, Founder, President, and CEO of Magpul Industries, said that regardless of any amendments that may be worked into the bill, he will no longer be able to continue to do business in Colorado if his core product is made illegal.

    “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. ” Fitzpatrick said. “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.”

    A proponent of the bill argued that with the amendment language, the choice to stay or leave was up to Magpul. Fitzpatrick responded, "Our relationship with our customers across the country would be severely damaged if this bill passes and we stay. We've already heard word of potential boycotts if that happens. They (legislators) really need to understand that our customer base is as passionate about freedoms as we are, and staying here if this bill passes would cripple the company. Make no doubt about it...we have no choice, and would be forced to leave in order to save the business."

    Magpul cited the example of the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, which was canceled earlier this year after the organizers announced that it would not permit a popular category of firearm, like the ones Magpul makes accessories for, in the show. Public outcry from the customer base forced exhibitors to withdraw from participation, causing the cancellation of the show, and an estimated loss of $70 million of show revenue for hotels, restaurants, merchants, and other businesses in Pennsylvania, where the show was to be held.

    Magpul Industries directly employs 200 people, supports another 400 supply-chain jobs, and contributes over $85 million annually to Colorado’s economy. Doug Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Magpul, says that it is a difficult position to be in. "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. 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. It's an unfortunate and inevitable result of the actions of the Legislature if this bill passes."

    Magpul was started over a decade ago by Fitzpatrick, a former U.S. Marine. It has become one of Colorado’s fastest growing businesses, successfully marketing its products to American and allied military forces, police departments, sporting goods stores, and thousands of responsible private citizens. Fitzpatrick says that the rich western culture and strong values of individual freedom and responsibility, traditionally found in Colorado, were one of the reasons the company chose to remain in the state.

    “It is heartbreaking to me, my employees, and their families, to think that we will be forced to leave,” Fitzpatrick said. “But if HB13-1224 passes, we will simply have no choice.”
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    All hunters from out of state should stop supporting the state as well. Outdoor tourism etc... They won't, but they should. They state is biting a big hand that feeds it.
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    Im wondering if this is why Gooser is thinking of moving. Gooser do you work for Magpul or a supplier? Im hoping your possible move to Ga is of your own volition & not forced on you by idiot legislation

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    It never stops! Does it? This is like a horror movie in real life! These so called political hacks all need replaced.

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    Crap similiar to this is lurking in MN. It has not made it into a bill or onto the house floor yet, but if it did, and became law, DPMS would be shut down as it would be illegal to manufacture as well as posess a AR platform rifle.
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    I'm speech less. Same thing should happen in Illinois, they are home to some pretty big firearm manufactures also. I hope that Magpul is willing to make it worth while for its employees to pick up and move with them, right down to the building maintenance staff.

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    Colorado is not a right to work state. I wonder if this is a Union shop. If so, I doubt they will subsidized employees moving expenses. Colt is building a manufacturing plant in Florida at this moment. They are taking proactive measures for the up and coming Connecticut legislation.

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    Elections have consequences... you elect left wing fruitcakes... this is what we all get. It's coming nationwide, (not so slowly any more).
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntinman View Post
    Elections have consequences... you elect left wing fruitcakes... this is what we all get. It's coming nationwide, (not so slowly any more).
    Yes and Texas better be careful inviting the locusts to their state. The result will be a blue state within a few years because they bring their crazy voting ideals in the moving van.

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