BOULDER, Colo. – A Colorado gun accessories manufacturer that vowed to leave the state because of a new gun control law says it is now making some items out-of-state.Coloradoans can look to Governor Hickenlooper to find out where the tax revenue formerly generated in Colorado by Magpul's presence will come from now that they are actually leaving. The jobs that formerly had be filled by Colorado residents will now be filled by residents of other states - whether they're Colorado people who relocated or residents of the new state remains to be seen. And then there's the secondary considerations, like the suppliers local to Magpul who may or may not have contracts in the future because of the relocation.
Erie-based Magpul revealed the move in a Facebook posting late Monday in response to a customer question. The posting said PMAG magazines, which can hold 10 to 30 rounds, are being made outside of Colorado for the first time. Sights are also being made elsewhere.
Actions have consequences. Hickenlooper's poorly-conceived and hastily enacted bill won't do a thing to stop spree shooters nor deter criminals; the only people who will be affected by his rush-to-action will be the good, honest people of Colorado. And folks who might have considered Colorado as a tourist destination, too - especially for sportsmen who might wish to avail themselves of the hunting.
You see, I wouldn't bring pretty much any magazine into the state of Colorado now. Here's the text from the bill that worries me:
The bill prohibits the sale, transfer, or possession of an ammunition feeding device that is capable of accepting, or that can be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition or more than 5 shotgun shells (large-capacity magazine).Emphasis mine. Got that? If your magazine can be converted to accept more than 10 rounds (I believe they increased it to 15 after that version was drafted), you're in violation of the law. Does your magazine have a removable floorplate? Congratulations! You're a criminal now! It's up to the prosecution to determine whether the magazine was made before or after the date of implementation - so you can cool your heels in a Colorado jail while they decide how to prove that. No thanks, I'll pass.
Here's hoping that Magpul's departure wakes some people in Colorado up to the idea that actions have consequences...
That is all.
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