Magpul Fights for Freedom in Colorado Today and Needs Your Help!

by February 12, 2013 02/12/13

Just as many States are experiencing across the US, our firearm rights are at stake. Colorado is the most recent to introduce several anti-freedom bills that could potentially affect great companies in our industry like Magpul and Impact Weapon Components, to name a few.

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Magpul posted a request for help in contacting legislators regarding a ban on mags in CO, which would force them to stop making P-MAGS and move from Colorado to resume production. We’d like to request that you take a few minutes and read through Magpul’s statement below and do what you can to help.

Magpul is urging  Colorado Residents show up at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Tuesday, February 12th starting at 9:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day to voice their opposition to HB1224: Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines. Even if you’re not a CO resident, please help spread this information to those you know that reside in CO.

Via Magpul on Facebook:

In addition to the national battle to protect our firearms rights, many states are currently engaged in their own fights. Here in CO, a state with a strong heritage of firearm and other personal freedoms, we are facing some extreme challenges to firearms rights. We have been engaged in dialogue with legislators here presenting our arguments to stop legislation from even being introduced, but our efforts did not deter those of extreme views.

After the NRAs visit last week, several anti-freedom bills were introduced by CO legislators, and a very aggressive timeline has been set forth in moving these bills forward.  The bills include:

HB 1229, Background checks for Gun Transfers–a measure to prohibit private sales between CO residents, and instead require a full FFL transfer, including a 4473.

HB 1228, Payment for Background Checks for Gun Transfers– a measure that would require CO residents to pay for the back logged state-run CBI system (currently taking 3 times the federally mandated wait time for checks to occur) instead of using the free federal NICS checks.

And finally, HB 1224, Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines–a measure that bans the possession, sale, or transfer of magazines over 10 round capacity. The measures and stipulations in this bill would deprive CO residents of the value of their private property by prohibiting the sale or transfer of all magazines over 10 rounds. This bill would also prohibit manufacture of magazines greater than 10 rounds for commercial sale out of the state, and place restrictions on the manufacture of military and law enforcement magazines that would cripple production.

We’d like to ask all CO residents to please contact your state legislators and the members of the Judiciary Committee and urge them to kill these measures in committee, and to vote NO if they reach the floor.

We also ask you to show your support for the 2nd Amendment at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb 12, for the magazine ban committee hearing and Wednesday,
Feb 13, for the hearing on the other measures.

Due to the highly restrictive language in HB 1224, if passed, and we remained here, this measure would require us to cease PMAG production on July 1, 2013.

In short, Magpul would be unable to remain in business as a CO company, and the over 200 jobs for direct employees and nearly 700 jobs at our subcontractors and suppliers would pick up and leave CO. Due to the structure of our operations, this would be entirely possible, hopefully without significant disruption to production.

The legislators drafting these measures do so in spite of the fact that nothing they are proposing will do anything to even marginally improve public safety in CO, and in fact, will leave law-abiding CO residents less able to defend themselves, strip away rights and property from residents who have done nothing wrong, and send nearly 1000 jobs and millions in tax revenue out of the state.

We like CO, we want to continue to operate in CO, but most of all, we want CO to remain FREE.  Please help us in this fight, and let your voices be heard!

We have included the contact information for the House Judiciary committee for your convenience:

House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Daniel Kagan, Chair: 303-866-2921, repkagan@gmail.com
Rep. Pete Lee, Vice Chair: 303-866-2932, pete.lee.house@state.co.us
Rep. John Buckner: 303-866-2944, john.buckner.house@state.co.us
Rep. Lois Court: 303-866-2967, lois.court.house@state.co.us
Rep. Bob Gardner, 303-866-2191, bob.gardner.house@state.co.us
Rep. Polly Lawrence, 303-866-2935, polly.lawrence.house@state.co.us
Rep. Mike McLachlan, 303-866-2914, mike.mclachlan.house@state.co.us
Rep. Rep Carole Murray, 303-866-2948, murrayhouse45@gmail.com
Rep. Brittany Pettersen, 303-866-2939, brittany.pettersen.house@state.co.us
Rep. Joseph Salazar, 303-866-2918, joseph.salazar.house@state.co.us
Rep. Jared Wright, 303-866-2583, jared.wright.house@state.co.us


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Sam Woods
Sam Woods

Yeah you would love it here.

Pat
Pat

I just sent emails to my House Judiciary Committee reps. First time I've done this and I hope it's not to late. I'm born and raised here in Colorado. I did spend 7 years in Burbank Calif. during the worst passing of gun laws I have ever seen. Looks like California is taking over Colorado. I moved back in 1994 after the riots and earth quakes. I've witnessed neighbors protecting there homes with rifles and shotguns because the police and fire dept wouldn't show up for fear of being shot by snipers. Then the Northridge earth quake.

Where you were on your own for about a week. No electrical, water, atm's etc. We have to be able to protect ourselves during any situation. We are the first responders. It's called the Bill of Rights! not the Bill of Needs! Everyone needs be get informed on the constitution. 2 cents!

Pat
Pat

I just sent emails to my House Judiciary Committee reps. First time I've done this and I hope it's not to late. I'm born and raised here in Colorado. I did spend 7 years in Burbank Calif. during the worst passing of gun laws I have ever seen. Looks like California is taking over Colorado. I moved back in 1994 after the riots and earth quakes. I've witnessed neighbors protecting there homes with rifles and shotguns because the police and fire dept wouldn't show up for fear of being shot by snipers. Then the Northridge earth quake. Where you were on your own for about a week. No electrical, water, atm's etc. We have to be able to protect ourselves during any situation. We are the first responders. It's called the Bill of Rights! not the Bill of Needs! Everyone needs be get informed on the constitution. 2 cents!

Chris "MOPP" Q.
Chris "MOPP" Q.

As awesome as it is that everyone is inviting Magpul to their home states, did anyone actually right to the representatives like they were asked to? We need to fight the attack on our 2dA rights, no matter the state. All 3 of those HBs are against our Constitutional rights as Americans.

Scotty
Scotty

Come on Magpul Arkansas has the Welcome Mat out.

Eric S.
Eric S.

All they need is a magazine manufacturing plant in TX. Problem solved!

Slim
Slim

As cool as it would be for Magpul to move to your state, the people that they would leave behind jobless isn't fair. And I'm sure no one would be too stoked if the prices jump (more than they already have on some sites) just to pay for the move. Magpul and the residents of CO should definitely dig their heels in and fight back.

LogicBob
LogicBob

How about some more pics of that truck???

Raven
Raven

Texas means friend! Come down south and settle down with us! We'll still spread the word and fight these bills! Give me liberty or give me Texas!

Blake
Blake

Tons of comments on FB too about where they can move. I'd love them to move here too, but still took the time to write their reps today to let them know I will no longer be traveling to CO & spending business/vacation $$ if companies I do business with are alienated by their legislation.

Ultimately we all benefit more from having Colorado remain a 2A friendly state than having Magpul move to one persons back yard.

Blake
Blake

Tons of comments on FB too about where they can move. I'd love them to move here too, but still took the time to write their reps today to let them know I will no longer be traveling to CO & spending business/vacation $$ if companies I do business with are alienated by their legislation. Ultimately we all benefit more from having Colorado remain a 2A friendly state than having Magpul move to one persons back yard.

nathan grill
nathan grill

you are welcome in Montana, p.s. we are a very friendly state for business. i am currently using your p mags in Afghanistan right now.

Steve B.
Steve B.

UT is next door too, we like freedom.

Jacob
Jacob

Come to Idaho, we love ya!

Nick
Nick

Oklahoma isn't that far of a move.

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