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Magpul: If Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signs gun-control bill, we’re outta here
Hotair ^ | 03/19/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/19/2013 9:14:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Two weeks ago, they were merely considering their options. Late last night, though, the executives at Colorado-based Magpul made it official on their Facebook page. If Governor John Hickenlooper signs the gun-control bill that limits magazine capacities — their core business — they will leave Colorado for friendlier venues and take hundreds of jobs with them (via Instapundit):

Apparently Gov Hickenlooper has announced that he will sign HB 1224 on Wednesday. We were asked for our reaction, and here is what we said:

We have said all along that based on the legal problems and uncertainties in the bill, as well as general principle, we will have no choice but to leave if the Governor signs this into law. We will start our transition out of the state almost immediately, and we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first. We expect the first PMAGs to be made outside CO within 30 days of the signing, with the rest to follow in phases. We will likely become a multi-state operation as a result of this move, and not all locations have been selected. We have made some initial contacts and evaluated a list of new potential locations for additional manufacturing and the new company headquarters, and we will begin talks with various state representatives in earnest if the Governor indeed signs this legislation. Although we are agile for a company of our size, it is still a significant footprint, and we will perform this move in a manner that is best for the company and our employees.

It is disappointing to us that money and a social agenda from outside the state have apparently penetrated the American West to control our legislature and Governor, but we feel confident that Colorado residents can still take the state back through recalls, ballot initiatives, and the 2014 election to undo these wrongs against responsible Citizens.

Indeed, Hickenlooper has already indicated he would sign the bill:

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign legislation Wednesday that sets limits on ammunition magazines and expands background checks for firearms, marking a Democratic victory in a state where gun ownership is a treasured right and Second Amendment debate has played out in the wake of two mass shootings.

The measures proposed are some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and their passage comes after weeks of tense legislative battles. Republicans and gun rights supporters put up a major fight against the measures in this politically moderate state, while Democrats made them the centerpieces of a package of legislative proposals drafted in reaction to shooting rampages at a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school last year.

It’s not that Democrats didn’t try to woo Magpul into staying. They added an amendment that made it legal to manufacture and transport high-capacity magazines … as long as Magpul sold them anywhere but in Colorado. Republicans blasted Democrats for their hypocrisy:

A Colorado-based magazine manufacturer said it would leave the state if the new restrictions were passed, taking hundreds of jobs with it. Democrats tried to ease the concerns from Magpul Industries, saying the company can still manufacture higher-capacity magazines if they were sold out of state.

Waller blasted Democrats on that amendment, saying it was hypocritical because they are telling the company “you can sell (magazines) at any other place where any of these tragic shootings have happened.”

Waller called the exemption “a monumental inconsistency in their thought process.”

What was the message here? Colorado won’t allow people to purchase high-capacity magazines because that will supposedly decrease violence, but they’re happy to export them to other states? One can’t blame Magpul for failing to trust Democrats to leave that loophole open for very long, not after their demonstration of hostility to Magpul’s industry.

Meanwhile, two Pennsylvania legislators want to roll out the red carpet for Magpul, using a reference to Barack Obama in its pitch:

As some states that are home to manufactures of guns and gun components move to pass stricter gun regulations, two Pennsylvania state representatives have laid out a welcome mat in hopes of drawing the companies to the state.

Representatives Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, and Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County, issued a joint news release Monday that announces they are reaching out to several out-of-state gun and gun component makers, including Beretta, Magpul and Remington, and encouraging them to move to the Keystone State.

“We’ll be more than happy to have additional manufacturing,” Grove said. “Pennsylvania is known all over the country for clinging to its guns, and it’s time that we use this reputation to our advantage.”

In reaching out to the companies, Pennsylvania has joined a long list of states that have already done so.

Clearly, Colorado isn’t welcoming manufacturing jobs. Pennsylvania may be a good option for Magpul, one no doubt they will consider as they start moving jobs out of Colorado.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: banglist; colorado; guncontrol; hickenlooper; magpul; secondamendment

1 posted on 03/19/2013 9:14:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Magpul should leave now ~ signature or not. just pull out. Colorado isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit.


2 posted on 03/19/2013 9:17:15 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind
Comrade Chickenpooper is building his own dictatorship. He wishes to drive business out of Kolorado. He wishes to drug the pheasants and gain control on body mind and soul. The rules of law, morals and will of the people are of no concern to him.
3 posted on 03/19/2013 9:20:58 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am sure they have already started making plans to leave. They know it’s a done deal.


4 posted on 03/19/2013 9:22:27 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: muawiyah

Colorado, minus the liberals who’ve invaded it, is worth quite a bit. With those liberals, it really is a crap hole.


5 posted on 03/19/2013 9:31:47 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod

Time for some clear lines of delineation to form.
The libs need to be confined to political boundaries where they can’t hurt others,
and people need to be free to leave those places

(of course, with the caveat that where they flee to has no obligation to start doing the things that caused them to flee in the first place)


6 posted on 03/19/2013 9:34:41 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Pennsylvania needs to change their hunting regulations so hunters can use semi auto ARs for hunting; when I called Pa home they were not permitted for hunting deer. We moved to Alaska, twenty years back, first thing I noticed was how many Alaskans hunted with AR platform guns, SKS's, Mini-30's, AKs, M1's and all the other old military semi autos.

When you can hunt with ARs, everybody starts buying them; more so than just .556s for target practice and whatever. My .556's never leave the gun safe anymore. My 6.8s, the 338 federal, and the 308 Scar never make it into the vault; our main go to hunting guns for bear, caribou ,and moose; great for use off atvs & snowmachines. With all the new calibers available, just imagine how impossible it would become for big ears if every hunter out there was buying a new AR every year.

7 posted on 03/19/2013 9:36:08 AM PDT by Eska
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To: MrB

There needs to be something. Conservatives in conservative states figure out how to keep the liberals out. Texas is in the cross hairs.


8 posted on 03/19/2013 9:38:26 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: demshateGod

Not catering to their whining will keep liberals out.


9 posted on 03/19/2013 9:41:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: mountainlion
"He wishes to drive business out of Kolorado. He wishes to drug the pheasants and gain control on body mind and soul."

Sandy MacReedy: I want you to kill every gopher on the course.

Carl Spackler: Correct me if I'm wrong, Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they're gonna lock me up and throw away the key.

Sandy MacReedy: Gophers! You great git! Not golfers! The little brown furry rodents!

Carl Spackler: We can do that. We don't even have to have a reason. Sandy MacReedy: Gophers! You great git! Not golfers! The little brown furry rodents! Carl Spackler: We can do that. We don't even have to have a reason.

10 posted on 03/19/2013 9:45:33 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("Oh, man, that's a lot of Indians!" [LTC George A. Custer, 1876, near the Little Bighorn Valley])
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To: mountainlion
"He wishes to drive business out of Kolorado. He wishes to drug the pheasants and gain control on body mind and soul."

Sandy MacReedy: I want you to kill every gopher on the course.

Carl Spackler: Correct me if I'm wrong, Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they're gonna lock me up and throw away the key.

Sandy MacReedy: Gophers! You great git! Not golfers! The little brown furry rodents!

Carl Spackler: We can do that. We don't even have to have a reason.

11 posted on 03/19/2013 9:47:30 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("Oh, man, that's a lot of Indians!" [LTC George A. Custer, 1876, near the Little Bighorn Valley])
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To: SeekAndFind

” Pennsylvania has joined a long list of states that have already done so.”

Why would any company in Colorado opt for a move to PA? Pennsylvania is one of the Marxist’s “minicrap holes.” My guess is that they will move up the road to Wyoming so they can keep their employees. No one who has made CO home would move to PA.


12 posted on 03/19/2013 9:59:22 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: SeekAndFind

“It is disappointing to us that money and a social agenda from outside the state have apparently penetrated the American West”, MASSHOLES, New Yawkers, and Calipornians


13 posted on 03/19/2013 10:13:55 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: muawiyah

I agree, pull out now. They are not wanted in Colorado.

Feel free to check out Oklahoma, come on over.


14 posted on 03/19/2013 10:14:20 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hickenbloomberg. That’s my new name for him. Spread it around.


15 posted on 03/19/2013 10:20:14 AM PDT by real saxophonist ("Always Progressing and Not Fitting Neatly in a Box"- Tosin Abasi)
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To: vette6387

Yeah, Wyoming seems to be the most logical to me. Very gun friendly law wise, and very low on taxes and regulation. Also land is fairly cheap, and power is appreciably cheaper than Colorado (I suspect they havent’ fallen for all the sustainable energy mandate nonsense). Running a factory is going to chew up the electricity. Wyoming is also a lot better than PA.

http://www.neo.ne.gov/statshtml/204.htm


16 posted on 03/19/2013 10:28:51 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Governor Rick Perry will you please pick up the courtesy phone.


17 posted on 03/19/2013 10:59:13 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: SeekAndFind

The population in Texas will continue to absorb those taxed/regulated/Legislated out of business in other States. The South WILL rise again! LOL


18 posted on 03/19/2013 11:26:20 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: mountainlion
He wishes to drug the pheasants and gain control on body mind and soul. The rules of law, morals and will of the people are of no concern to him.

Legalizing the drug marijuana was the will of the people as expressed directly at the voting booth - and is now the rule of law.

19 posted on 03/19/2013 12:59:54 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

One county had a 110% turnout to vote. More than just the people.


20 posted on 03/19/2013 1:31:15 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion
One county had a 110% turnout to vote.

Evidence?

21 posted on 03/19/2013 1:33:47 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: Eska
...the 308 Scar never make[s] it into the vault

I am so jealous. That's my dream rifle.

22 posted on 03/19/2013 1:42:33 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Evidence?

http://www.redstate.com/2012/09/04/colorado-counties-have-more-voters-than-people/


23 posted on 03/19/2013 1:43:32 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion
One county had a 110% turnout to vote.

Evidence?

http://www.redstate.com/2012/09/04/colorado-counties-have-more-voters-than-people/

No, that says some counties have 110% registration - meaning they don't frequently scrub their registration rolls of people who have moved away, as the article explains. No evidence there that marijuana legalization wasn't the will of the people.

24 posted on 03/19/2013 1:58:26 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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