Monday, March 18, 2013

Magpul makes ready

Rifle magazine maker Magpul says it made no idle threat. It plans to move operations if Colorado's governor signs the state's just passed mag ban.

From Magpul's Facebook page:
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. 
Based on this brief release, I wonder if Magpul is looking at setting up operations in states where intrastate "firearms freedom" laws have been passed. Those laws are intended to exempt firearms and accessories made in the state and that remain in the state from federal firearms laws and regulations.

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