Photo above by Magpul.
Colorado, say goodbye to Magpul and many other great companies, some of which haven’t made public announcements yet.
Today Governor Hickenlooper signed HB 1224, which limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds, HB 1229, which requires universal background checks for gun sales or transfers; and HB 1228 which requires gun customers to pay for the costs of the background checks.
The Denver Post reports that Magpul’s move is already underway, emphasis added.
The magazine bill has produced the most ire, after Erie-based Magpul, the largest producer of ammunition magazines in the state, said it would leave if the measure passes. Suppliers to Magpul, too, said the measure would cost them jobs. “Our moving efforts are underway. It’s going to be a phased approach, and until the move is complete, we’re going to continue manufacturing magazines in Colorado,” said Doug Smith, Magpul’s chief operating officer. “Within the next 30-days we will manufacture our first magazine outside the state of Colorado.”
Smith noted that he will meet with economic developers from Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming in the coming weeks and the company is likely to have multiple locations in the future.
“This ordeal has taught us to be more diverse geographically,” Smith said.
Magpul officials have said the move will cost hundreds of jobs and upward of $85 million in potential spending this year.
Which state do you think Magpul will choose?
Additionally, Magpul released the following statement on their Facebook page:
With the signing of the HB 1224, we want to reassure Colorado residents, now officially in occupied territory, that the “Boulder Airlift” will continue until we can no longer legally ship to CO residents at the approach of the July 1 deadline, so long as demand continues.
We are looking at additional ways to give Coloradans the opportunity to buy the magazines they need prior to the enactment date, as although we’ve been swamped with tens of thousands of orders, our shipping department limitations have only allowed us to get a few hundred thousand magazines out to CO residents…a small portion of our monthly production. We’ll continue to support the Airlift as long as demand exists, and up to the active date of the legislation, and we’ve allocated a little over a million magazines for the effort up to that point, give or take.
Customers in the rest of the country should rest assured that the airlift only takes a small portion of our production, and magazines and other products are continuing to ship to the rest of the nation. Our transition to a new home will occur in a phased and orderly a manner to allow us to continue to serve our customers during the move, as well as to allow an orderly transition for affected employees. We are actively working on those plans.