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Gardner tours Erie firearms accessories manufacturer (Magpul to leave Colorado )
Longmont Times-Call ^ | Updated: 02/21/2013 10:26:43 PM MST | John Fryar

Posted on 02/22/2013 11:49:49 AM PST by Red Steel

U.S. representative says Gov. Hickenlooper should do the same

ERIE -- Gov. John Hickenlooper should visit Magpul Industries Corp. and see for himself the impact that passage of gun-control measures would have on the families of about 200 people working for a manufacturer here, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner said Thursday.

Gardner, R-Yuma, and state Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, toured the company's Erie plant Thursday morning, watching as Magpul employees prepared and assembled high-capacity magazines, firearms accessories and other products ranging from military dog leashes to smartphone cases.

Magpul has threatened to leave Colorado if the Legislature passes, and Hickenlooper signs, gun bills that limit the capacity of ammunition magazines that can be sold and possessed

Magpul Industries employee Zonia Talacios cleans a plastic gun stock product on Thursday morning as U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner and state Sen. Vicki Marble tour the Erie company. ( LEWIS GEYER )
in Colorado.

An amendment to a recently passed House bill would allow high-capacity magazine manufacturers to make them in Colorado and sell them elsewhere.

But Magpul officials told Gardner, Marble and state Rep. Lori Saine -- a Dacono Republican who joined the others after the plant tour -- that the amendment wouldn't be enough to prompt the company to stay if the bill becomes law.

"We want to continue to be a Colorado company," said Duane Liptak Jr., Magpul's director of product management and marketing.

Magpul's chief operating officer, Doug Smith, said, however, that "our company was founded based on a set of values that resonate with our customer base." If Magpul continued to manufacture its ammunition magazines in a state whose own residents couldn't own them, "our customer base would feel betrayed."

Introduction of the magazine-capacity bill also prompted the company to put on hold its expansion plans, which include a new 200,000-square-foot facility that was to be built on a site near Interstate Highway 25 on Baseline Road, Magpul officials said.

A Magpul pullout could jeopardize the livelihoods of many of the 200 Coloradans who work directly for the company, as well as about

From left: U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, and state Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, listen as chief operating officer Doug Smith talks about his company Thursday morning during a tour of Magpul Industries Corp. in Erie. Magpul, a gun parts manufacturer, has said it would leave Colorado if the state passes a law limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines. (Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-Call)
400 people who work for Magpul's Colorado-based suppliers, Gardner said after the tour.

The congressman also raised a question about whether the proposed Colorado law might violate the Interstate Commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution and related federal laws -- something Magpul officials indicated their lawyers are looking into.

"The bottom line," Gardner said, is that the magazine-capacity-limits bill and other gun-control measures that have received House approval won't prevent gun violence. He said they'd wind up "making criminals out of innocent people."

The Legislature and Congress should instead work in areas where "there is common ground," Gardner said, such as efforts to provide people with mental illnesses the treatment they need and intervening, when necessary, to try to keep firearms out of the hands of people whose mental health conditions could lead to violence.

Marble told Magpul officials that she'd try to arrange a similar company tour for fellow state Senate Republicans.

John Fryar can be reached at 303-684-5211 or

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; magpul; secondamendment
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Magpul standing firm on threat to leave Colorado if gun bill passes [Colorado]

1 posted on 02/22/2013 11:49:57 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

B-b-b-but it’s for the chi-i-i-i-illllldre-e-e-e-ennnnnn!

They’ll be losing their jobs for the chi-i-i-i-i-illlllldre-e-e-e-e-nnnnnnn!

So, it’s worth the suffering.

Like Global Warming carbon credits.

Like 0bamaoCare.

Like 0bamao himself.

2 posted on 02/22/2013 11:57:24 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Red Steel
You mean that laws are taken seriously? You are kidding that laws really have economic consequences!

Oh my!

I guess liberal Democrats will now have to “think” before they use their hearts to pass what they thought were meaningless laws. (/sarcasm)

3 posted on 02/22/2013 12:07:08 PM PST by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!"
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To: Red Steel
I hope none of these guys got in anyone's way while there - thus slowing down production.

We need 'em running as hard as they can!

4 posted on 02/22/2013 12:17:28 PM PST by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: Red Steel
To recap:

CO Legislature: "We simply must ban high-capacity gun clips to protect the children. The time has come to take immediate action."

MagPul: "You do that and we'll leave Colorado and dump hundreds of workers onto the unemployed list, take our military contracts, and leave to a more business-friendly state.

CO Legislature: "NnoooOOoo... Don't be hasty, MagPul! You can still create those children-killing gun clips for the rest of the world, you just can't sell them here in Colorado! We like your tax revenue, military contracts, and employment numbers!"

MagPul: "You're morally comfortable with being hypocrites, but we're not. Adios, idiots."

5 posted on 02/22/2013 12:30:34 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Demand Common Sense Nut Control.)
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To: Red Steel

A new kind of American Hero.

6 posted on 02/22/2013 12:32:55 PM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: Red Steel
Just come to Texas and leave Colorado taxes. You will save enough the first couple of years to pay for the move. You could even offer to move the employees if they wanted to go.

The drama of waiting for the Co legislators is just a farce. The economic reasons for leaving are absolute. That goes for at least 500 businesses across the country right now. What about Strum Ruger? Smith Wesson? Marlin? Ammo makers? I mean, what are they waiting for? I'm sure Perry would even give a tax abatement on the land for a kicker.

7 posted on 02/22/2013 12:53:41 PM PST by chuckles
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To: chuckles

Lots of Southern Right to Work suitors are preparing their petitions...

8 posted on 02/22/2013 1:00:19 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
To recap: ....

That's it in a nutshell.

9 posted on 02/22/2013 4:23:29 PM PST by Red Steel
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