If a few lawmakers in Colorado get their way, we could be forced to find out. In their zeal to jump on the anti-gun agenda, lawmakers in Colorado have proposed banning the sale or manufacture of high-capacity magazines. The law would go well beyond Colorado’s borders by banning the manufacture of products to be sold out-of-state.
While it seems simple enough to just up-and-move to a more gun-friendly state, the logistics, licensing, environmental permits and costs would still be difficult but possible. However, that does not account for the hardship it would cause to employees and their families. Parents would suddenly become unemployed or be faced with the choice of removing children from schools and nearby relatives, selling homes and incurring the costs of relocation.
The Following is the Account Straight from Magpul
In addition to the national battle to protect our firearms rights, many states are currently engaged in their own fights. Here in Colorado, 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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado residents to pay for the back logged state-run CBI system (currently taking three 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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado company, and the over 200 jobs for direct employees and nearly 700 jobs at our subcontractors and suppliers would pick up and leave Colorado. 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 Colorado, and in fact, will leave law-abiding Colorado 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 Colorado, we want to continue to operate in Colorado, but most of all, we want Colorado 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Pete Lee, Vice Chair: 303-866-2932, email@example.com
- Rep. John Buckner: 303-866-2944, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Lois Court: 303-866-2967, email@example.com
- Rep. Bob Gardner, 303-866-2191, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Polly Lawrence, 303-866-2935, email@example.com
- Rep. Mike McLachlan, 303-866-2914, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Rep Carole Murray, 303-866-2948, email@example.com
- Rep. Brittany Pettersen, 303-866-2939, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Joseph Salazar, 303-866-2918, email@example.com
- Rep. Jared Wright, 303-866-2583, firstname.lastname@example.org
While Magpul has called for Colorado residents to act, I would say let’s up the ante and all make our voices heard regardless of the state in which you reside. Ring these lawmakers, but let’s also start putting pressure on Colorado’s Tourism Board (1625 Broadway #2700 Denver, CO 80202 (303) 892-3840) as well.
Let’s let them know the decisions of their lawmakers to limit the abilities and rights of our Second Amendment will hurt their bottom line. Gun owners have rights and money. If you trample our rights we’ll ensure the financial pain is spread throughout the entire state of Colorado!