Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 2, 2014
Colorado-based gun manufacturer Magpul announced Thursday that it plans on relocating its facilities to Texas and Wyoming, a decision that was made as a direct result of the state’s new sweeping gun control laws.
The company will keep a small part of its operation in the Centennial State, however, so it can continue to fight against the laws passed by the Democratic-controlled state legislature and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. Magpul is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by 55 Colorado sheriffs and several other pro-Second Amendment organizations against the new state law limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.
“Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,” Magpul founder and CEO Richard Fitzpatrick said, according to The Washington Times. “This relocation will also improve business operations and logistics as we utilize the strengths of Texas and Wyoming in our expansion.”
Magpul officials plan on splitting up the company’s corporate and manufacturing arms, both of which are currently located in Erie, Colo., between the two states. Texas will get the corporate headquarters, however the exact location is yet to be determined. The company’s manufacturing and distribution facility will move to at 58,000-square-foot building in Cheyenne, Wyo. temporarily while constructing a 100,000-square-foot permanent facility nearby.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, a Republican, is thrilled that the company chose to move to the Cowboy State, saying in a statement that “Wyoming and Magpul are a great match.”
“Bringing an innovative and growing manufacturing operating to Wyoming is a significant step for the state,” hesaid. “We offer Magpul an attractive tax environment, stable and reasonable regulations, not to mention a firm commitment to uphold the Second Amendment.”
The move is also a big win for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who actively campaigned last summer to convince gun manufacturers in states like Colorado and Connecticut to move their operations to the Lone Star State. The Washington Times reported that Perry is “proud that Magpul is the latest employer to join the ranks of companies that call Texas home.”
It is anticipated that 92 percent of the company’s workforce will move to Texas and Wyoming over the next 12 to 16 months. Magpul’s departure will also cost Colorado approximately $85 million in annual revenue.
“We made a commitment publicly that we would not abandon the law-abiding gun owners in our own state, and we want to honor that,” Duane Liptak, Magpul director of product management and marketing, said in a statement Thursday.
In addition to fighting against Colorado’s new laws on the legal front, Magpul has been very active with building grassroots support against the laws over the past few months. The company raffled off 1,500 magazines in late June before the state’s laws took effect on January 1. According to the new law, magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammo are only permitted if they were obtained before July 1.