Magpul Press Release

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HB1224, ammunition magazine capacity limit just passed the Colorado House on a voice vote Magpul just released this announcement:



Denver, Colorado – February 15th, 2013 – Magpul Industries, an Erie, Colorado, based manufacturer of firearms accessories, announced today that it will be forced to leave the state if House Bill 1224, which would ban standard capacity magazines, becomes law. The announcement was made to Governor Hickenlooper, state legislators, members of the media, and in a full-page advertisement to appear in the Denver Post on Sunday.

Richard Fitzpatrick, Founder, President, and CEO of Magpul Industries, said that regardless of any amendments that may be worked into the bill, he will no longer be able to continue to do business in Colorado if his core product is made illegal.

“Our company could not, in good conscience, continue to manufacture our products in a state where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from purchasing and owning them. ” Fitzpatrick said. “The passage of this bill will do nothing to enhance public safety, but will force us to immediately begin taking our business to another state.”

A proponent of the bill argued that with the amendment language, the choice to stay or leave was up to Magpul. Fitzpatrick responded, “Our relationship with our customers across the country would be severely damaged if this bill passes and we stay. We’ve already heard word of potential boycotts if that happens. They (legislators) really need to understand that our customer base is as passionate about freedoms as we are, and staying here if this bill passes would cripple the company. Make no doubt about it…we have no choice, and would be forced to leave in order to save the business.”

Magpul cited the example of the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, which was canceled earlier this year after the organizers announced that it would not permit a popular category of firearm, like the ones Magpul makes accessories for, in the show. Public outcry from the customer base forced exhibitors to withdraw from participation, causing the cancellation of the show, and an estimated loss of $70 million of show revenue for hotels, restaurants, merchants, and other businesses in Pennsylvania, where the show was to be held.

Magpul Industries directly employs 200 people, supports another 400 supply-chain jobs, and contributes over $85 million annually to Colorado’s economy. Doug Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Magpul, says that it is a difficult position to be in. “We could choose to stay in a state that wants our jobs and revenue, but not our products, and lose half the jobs we are fighting to save, or potentially the entire business, when our customers stop buying. Or, we can take the company and those 600 jobs out of Colorado to continue our growth and the growth of American manufacturing in a state that shares our values. This is not really a choice. It’s an unfortunate and inevitable result of the actions of the Legislature if this bill passes.”

Magpul was started over a decade ago by Fitzpatrick, a former U.S. Marine. It has become one of Colorado’s fastest growing businesses, successfully marketing its products to American and allied military forces, police departments, sporting goods stores, and thousands of responsible private citizens. Fitzpatrick says that the rich western culture and strong values of individual freedom and responsibility, traditionally found in Colorado, were one of the reasons the company chose to remain in the state.

“It is heartbreaking to me, my employees, and their families, to think that we will be forced to leave,” Fitzpatrick said. “But if HB13-1224 passes, we will simply have no choice.”

Looks like the State doesn’t need revenue. I guess I’ll start looking for somewhere else to move too. I didn’t leave Commiefornia to live in Commierado.

10 thoughts on “Magpul Press Release

  1. Love the Magpul products I currently own. Love them even more for the courage of the owner. I will absolutely love the products I plan on purchasing in the future. Thank you Magpul for being pro constitution. Remember, this battle isn’t just about the 2nd Amendment.

  2. I am sorry that they are having to face this but I applaud their stance.
    Texas would be proud to have their company here…


  3. You guys just pack up and come on down south. We have good quality workers that are willing to work for a fair wage. Don’t believe me ask Honda USA, Toyota, VW, and Mercedes Benz just to name a few. And we damn sure won’t bow down to these gun grabbing tactics.

  4. Thank you Magpul for your stand against tyranny.
    I currently own and enjoy many of your high quality products.

    Please take the next step, and refuse to sell to ANY State entity
    that is hostile to the Second Amendment. This would include Police
    and National Guard in New York and California, as well as others pending.

    I WILL refuse to buy any gun or accessory from a company doing business
    with States hostile to the Second Amendment. I will go a step further, and
    refuse to patronize these States with my tourism dollars.

    Also, please consider Oregon for your next “home”

    Thank you

  5. This really sucks!
    Our Hidey-hole is in CO,but, it’s not in the commie part of the state, it’s in the Mountain Man Wilderness part. I feel a state splitting into two different states coming.
    This breaks my heart!

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