Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, June 29, 2013
It looks like Magpul has one more trick up its sleeve before it leaves Colorado in search of greener, more gun-rights friendly pastures.
The gun manufacturer, which plans on relocating now that Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) has signed into law several new gun control regulations, plans on giving away 1,500 magazines that are capable of holding 30 rounds of ammo at the “Farewell to Arms Freedom Festival” Saturday in Glendale, Colo.
The timing of the festival is important, given that the new regulations – which include a limit on the number of rounds magazines can hold and expansive universal background checks – officially take effect on Monday.According to the new laws, gun owners in the state can keep magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition as long as they were obtained before July 1.
The festival itself is sponsored by Free Colorado, a pro-Second Amendment rights non-profit focused on reversing the new state laws.
Magpul’s departure will be a devastating blow to the Centennial state’s economy, as the company contributes approximately $85 million to the state’s economy annually and employs 200 people at its Erie, Colo. headquarters. While it still plans on leaving the state, the company has yet to announce where it plans to move to.
“YES, we are still leaving CO. Our senior executive team is in negotiations today in yet another unnamed state on that very topic. Remember folks, we’re moving the whole Magpul organization and a large handful of our biggest suppliers are coming with us, so there are a LOT of things to hash out. We’re getting down to the brass tacks, and we hope to be able to make a public announcement soon,” the company said in a statement on its Facebook page Thursday.
Magpul is also a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the State of Colorado last Month challenging the legality of the state’s new gun control laws, along with 54 elected state sheriffs, the Independence Institute, disabled gun owners, Women for Concealed Carry, the Colorado Farm Bureau, 20 different gun rights, hunting and shooting organizations and several sporting goods stores in the state.