Given the recent news that Colorado governor Hickenlooper is poised to sign significant gun control measures in CO, Magpul is going to make good on their promise to move out of Colorado. Good for them. Magpul posted this last night on their Facebook page (seriously, go "like" them RFN):
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.
Magpul is, indeed, leaving Colorado over this. Actions have consequences. I hope the good folks of Colorado who put these feckless, anti-freedom weasels in positions of power realize the error of their ways and remove them next year, because we really don't need East California. I visited Colorado last year. I have some very good friends in Colorado that I would very much like to visit again.
The way things are headed, though, I might as well stay in Massachusetts...
That is all.