Another firearms manufacturer considers leaving its home over restrictive gun laws

posted at 10:01 pm on March 4, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Sure, Maryland. You expect Maryland.

But this story’s out of Colorado, where the state house passed a mag limit bill last week:

Colorado’s largest and most profitable manufacturer of high-capacity ammunition magazines has vowed to leave the state if lawmakers pass a measure banning the devices — a move officials with the company say could cost hundreds of jobs and upward of $85 million in potential spending this year.

Magpul’s threat has Democratic lawmakers scrambling to strike a balance that remains true to their goal of limiting the number of rounds a magazine can hold without frightening off businesses.

“If we’re able to stay in Colorado and manufacture a product, but law-abiding citizens of the state were unable to purchase the product, customers around the state and the nation would boycott us for remaining here,” said Doug Smith, Magpul’s chief operating officer. “Staying here would hurt our business.”

House Bill 1224 bans individuals from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds — an amendment earlier in the week raised this number from 10 rounds — but allows manufacturers to stay in Colorado and produce the devices.

That legislation made it out of a senate committee today in Colorado:

A Colorado Senate committee on Monday passed a measure that bans ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds after several hours of testimony from a barrage of experts, law enforcement officials and victims of mass shootings.

House Bill 1224 passed on 3-2 party line vote and moves to the Senate floor on Friday.

This, and a handful of other restrictive gun bills, are playing with electoral fire in Colorado, especially when Colorado Democrats have proven so adept at making insensitive fools of themselves on the subject of the 2nd Amendment lately.

Second Amendment activists were out in force in Denver today:

Meanwhile, back on the East Coast, where presidential aspirant Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland is looking to pass restrictive gun laws, Virginia and West Virginia are busy wooing Beretta:

On Thursday, West West Virginia House Speaker Rick Thompson wrote Beretta suggesting his state is the most suitable destination for the company’s relocation.

“As you may be aware, West Virginia has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the country, only behind Alaska, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming,” Thompson wrote. “This combined with the state’s long support of the Second Amendment and our close proximity to your current headquarters, makes us an excellent choice for Beretta USA in your relocation efforts.”

Thompson also assured the gun maker West Virginia will not support a gun control law like the one poised to pass Maryland’s legislature.

But Thompson faces competition from Virginia, Businessweek reports. Earlier this week, Virginia Republican lieutenant governor candidate and investment company executive Pete Snyder wrote to Beretta as well, noting his state’s friendly tax and gun climate. Snyder promised the company, whcih has a facility in Fredericksburg, “would be welcomed with open arms in all parts of the Commonwealth.”

Earlier this month, Jeff Reh, general counsel for Beretta, told the Maryland legislature his company has poured resources into the state, but the new laws — which would ban some of Beretta’s products — could drive the company and its tax dollars elsewhere.

“That commitment is not one-sided, though, and deserves the respect of a corresponding commitment from the local community and from the state Government,” he said. “Instead, we are confronted with a state government that wants to ban our products at a time, by the way, when numerous other state governments are courting our investment. It is worth noting that these other states also do not try to blame a product for human misconduct.”

Flee to friendlier climes, gun manufacturers. You have no obligation to invest in a state that is actively trying to destroy you, and those who blithely run off good jobs in bad times should pay a price for their decisions.


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I’m really starting to like that Beretta. Its ambidextrous unlike any rifle I have seen before, and my daughter is a lefty.

cozmo on March 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Good!

Scrumpy on March 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

A better headline would be:

“Another firearms manufacturer considers going where the taxes they pay are appreciated.”

platypus on March 4, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Here’s hoping some come out this way to Oklahoma!

Gov Fallon! Jump on it!

Scrumpy on March 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Magpul’s is more than a threat. Following them on Facebook, they’re trying to put on a brave face but they are already taking steps to leave.

catmman on March 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

TEXAS

KCB on March 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Come to Florida! We’re the “Gunshine State!” We even have skiing…water skiing, that is!

NB: A STANDARD magazine for these rifles is 30 rounds. That’s not a “high capacity” magazine. For pistols 11-19 are STANDARD.

ProfShadow on March 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

I’d buy Beretta over Colt if they do this.

The strike against WV though is Manchin… And this governor (who is another “different” democrat) is likely to backstabski 2nd Amendment rights too…

At least WV doesn’t re-elect a democrat Klan Grand Kleagle anymore. Because he’s dead.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

NB: A STANDARD magazine for these rifles is 30 rounds. That’s not a “high capacity” magazine. For pistols 11-19 are STANDARD.

ProfShadow on March 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

You sound like a well-paid shill for the gun freaks.

/libtard

platypus on March 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

It’ll be interesting to see what happens ultimately.

Colorado is probably going to lose the business.

But after all of this, if Magpul doesn’t leave or strikes some sort of Faustian deal, they will have screwed themselves.

catmman on March 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Not news in Idaho…

Electrongod on March 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Colorado is probably going to lose the business.

But after all of this, if Magpul doesn’t leave or strikes some sort of Faustian deal, they will have screwed themselves.

catmman on March 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

The whole firearms industry will consolidate to the red states.

Which will leave the North quite unable to acquire arms or ammunition should they choose to fight a Second War of the Northern Aggression to keep the red states enslaved to them…

Ironic, isn’t it?

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

The speaker of the Colorado house, a homosexual New York transplant who’s a former aid to Bloomberg killed Jessica’s Law. Here in Colorado. Sent to a committee he new would kill the bill to avoid a floor debate. So he’s attacking our second amendment rights while protecting child molesters.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/03/04/oreilly-producer-confronts-colorados-speaker-of-the-house-over-his-refusal-to-allow-the-legislature-to-vote-on-jessicas-law/

This twerp makes me sick to my stomach.

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Georgia will welcome you with open arms. ; )

Bmore on March 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Yes, it would be… :-)

Scrumpy on March 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM

The speaker of the Colorado house, a homosexual New York transplant who’s a former aid to Bloomberg killed Jessica’s Law. Here in Colorado. Sent to a committee he new would kill the bill to avoid a floor debate. So he’s attacking our second amendment rights while protecting child molesters.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/03/04/oreilly-producer-confronts-colorados-speaker-of-the-house-over-his-refusal-to-allow-the-legislature-to-vote-on-jessicas-law/

This twerp makes me sick to my stomach.

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

It’s of course forbidden to mention the great frequency in which homosexuals seem to engage in pedophilia and child molestation.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

So sorry you have such a louse…

Scrumpy on March 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

NB: A STANDARD magazine for these rifles is 30 rounds. That’s not a “high capacity” magazine. For pistols 11-19 are STANDARD.

ProfShadow on March 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Exactly. He who controls the dictionary controls the debate. They’re not high capacity, they’re standard capacity. What the libtards want us to live with are restricted-capacity magazines whose capacity will eventually be restricted down to zero.

alchemist19 on March 4, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Call when when any of these companies actually make good on these threats. Then, I’ll be excited.

Jackalope on March 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

In 1986:

The homicide rate was 8.3 and the violent crime rate was 620.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.

As to Concealed Carry Laws (CCLs):

1 state had UNRESTRICTED laws.
18 states had SHALL ISSUE laws.
26 states had MAY ISSUE laws.
15 states had NO ISSUE laws.

In 1987:

The homicide rate was 8.6 and the violent crime rate was 609.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.

As to Concealed Carry Laws (CCLs):

1 state had UNRESTRICTED laws.
9 states had SHALL ISSUE laws.
24 states had MAY ISSUE laws.
16 states had NO ISSUE laws.

In 1990:

The homicide rate was 9.4 and the violent crime rate was 731.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.

As to Concealed Carry Laws (CCLs):

1 state had UNRESTRICTED laws.
15 states had SHALL ISSUE laws.
20 states had MAY ISSUE laws.
14 states had NO ISSUE laws.

In 1994:

The homicide rate was 9.0 and the violent crime rate was 713.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.

As to Concealed Carry Laws (CCLs):

1 state had UNRESTRICTED laws.
20 states had SHALL ISSUE laws.
17 states had MAY ISSUE laws.
12 states had NO ISSUE laws.

In 1998:

The homicide rate was 6.3 and the violent crime rate was 566.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.

As to Concealed Carry Laws (CCLs):

1 state had UNRESTRICTED laws.
30 states had SHALL ISSUE laws.
17 states had MAY ISSUE laws.
7 states had NO ISSUE laws.

In 2002:

The homicide rate was 5.6 and the violent crime rate was 494.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.

As to Concealed Carry Laws (CCLs):

2 state had UNRESTRICTED laws.
31 states had SHALL ISSUE laws.
11 states had MAY ISSUE laws.
7 states had NO ISSUE laws.

In 2009:

The homicide rate was 5.0 and the violent crime rate was 431.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.

As to Concealed Carry Laws (CCLs):

2 state had UNRESTRICTED laws.
37 states had SHALL ISSUE laws.
9 states had MAY ISSUE laws.
2 states had NO ISSUE laws.

In 2011:

The homicide rate was 4.7 and the violent crime rate was 386.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.

As to Concealed Carry Laws (CCLs):

4 state had UNRESTRICTED laws.
37 states had SHALL ISSUE laws.
8 states had MAY ISSUE laws.
1 states had NO ISSUE laws. (and Illinois’ law was struck down as unconstitutional in 2012)

Here’s the kicker: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was kind enough to release stats to prove our case for us. Wasn’t that nice of them?

Resist We Much on March 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

It’ll be interesting to see what happens ultimately.

Colorado is probably going to lose the business.

But after all of this, if Magpul doesn’t leave or strikes some sort of Faustian deal, they will have screwed themselves.

catmman on March 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Two democrats in the House already granted them and exemption to continue manufacturing their magazines inside the state. They told them to stuff their exemption. They’ve also set up a channel for Colorado residents to buy up to 5 PMags for each of their 5.56 designs and 10 of their .308 Winchester 20 round magazines before their banned. So Colorado residents can buy up to 25 magazines before the ban goes into effect. Placed an order for 10 5.56 mags the other day.

They’re gonna leave and colorado will lose a lot of jobs as a result. But it matters not to these transplant ideologues. I’m fuming right now that these POS are running this great state. Especially after having learned the f%#kers who are pushing these guns bans are also the ones who killed Jessica’s Law without even allowing a floor debate.

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Bmore on March 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Lolz. Open arms? We welcome you with bare arms to bear arms.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Gun Control Works
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW15CGAiscw&feature=player_detailpage

Colbyjack on March 4, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Resist We Much

Thank you RWM.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Colorado has been taken over by a bunch of stinking ex-hippy, dope smoking, ex-Kalifornians trying to muck up their new beautiful state.
Guns welcome in Texas.

RovesChins on March 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Two democrats in the House already granted them and exemption to continue manufacturing their magazines inside the state. They told them to stuff their exemption. They’ve also set up a channel for Colorado residents to buy up to 5 PMags for each of their 5.56 designs and 10 of their .308 Winchester 20 round magazines before their banned. So Colorado residents can buy up to 25 magazines before the ban goes into effect. Placed an order for 10 5.56 mags the other day.

They’re gonna leave and colorado will lose a lot of jobs as a result. But it matters not to these transplant ideologues. I’m fuming right now that these POS are running this great state. Especially after having learned the f%#kers who are pushing these guns bans are also the ones who killed Jessica’s Law without even allowing a floor debate.

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Glad the company is “sticking to it’s guns”.

I also wish the rest of the firearms industry, particularly the “big boys” like Colt, Remington, and Smith and Wesson would follow the example of cutting government and law enforcement off from their weapons and magazines that they deny their civilians.

The small arms industry is unique in Defense industries, in that the BULK Of their money is made in the civilian market. Big Gov might buy 200,000 Colt pistols, for example, once in 25 years. The civilian market dwarfs that. The US Government quit buying Colt M1911′s at the end of World War II, yet kept it in service until the mid 1980′s. During that gap Colt sold more to civilians than the government ever bought…

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Thank you RWM.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:25 PM

You’re welcome. I’ve found that the most devastating rebuttal to the arguments made by leftists is their own “evidence.”

Resist We Much on March 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

About a dozen people die on the ski slopes of Colorado every single year which is less than the number killed by the headline-grabbing spree shootings that have moved the Colorado government to try to ban certain mags. Perhaps they will move to outlaw skiing soon, too? If only one life is saved …

I would think that cars will need to be banned soon, too. And bicycles. And kitchen knives.

Friggin leftist idiots. They killed more people with their moronic ban on DDT than anything, and they still show their pathetic faces in public and try to get more of their asinine, un-American ideas implemented.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

GOP, Dem senators strike agreement on gun trafficking bill
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/286079-bipartisan-senate-group-strikes-deal-on-gun-trafficking

S. 54 Would Effectively Ban Even More Guns than Feinstein’s Bill!
Violation of state gun bans would make you a “Prohibited Person” all across the country
http://capwiz.com/gunowners/issues/alert/?alertid=62464561

Do you agree with D.C.’s efforts to ban firearms by imposing a microstamping requirement? Transferring a non-microstamped firearm would become a FEDERAL crime under S. 54 — at least for D.C. residents and maybe others.

By voting for S. 54, your senator will be making guns banned by Andrew Cuomo’s expansive law into federally banned guns, as well. He will be saying, “I like every word of gun control which Rahm Emanuel is pushing.”

By the way, Senator Leahy is trying to sell S. 54 as a supposed crackdown on gun traffickers. But there’s not one word in this bill that would punish (or prevent) what happened in Fast & Furious, where our government helped send thousands of illegal guns south of the border, resulting in the murders of hundreds of Mexicans and at least one federal agent.

Moreover, it’s currently illegal to traffic in firearms. It’s illegal to sell a gun to a prohibited person [18 USC 922(d)]. It’s illegal to serve as a straw man [18 USC 922(d)]. It’s illegal to sell a bunch of guns without a license [18 USC 922(a)]. But that’s not what S. 54 is about. The one thing S. 54 would do is to make anti-gun bans being passed by every anti-gun state into federal crimes as well.
ACTION: Contact your senators. Demand that they oppose S. 54 and speak out against it.

Colbyjack on March 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I don’t think that magazines are all that hard to manufacture by someone who has the minimal skills (or can acquire them) out of plastic, wood or metal. Though I think you should be able to own 10,000 high-capacity magazines if you want, I really don’t see why much more than a dozen are necessary.

It’s just the idea of the whole thing that’s galling.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Bmore’s latest, fabu art…

Pic of the Day: Obama: “I Don’t Want Anybody Else. When I Think About Me, I Touch Myself.”

M2RB: The Divinyls

Resist We Much on March 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Gawd! That Bmore needs some help.

RovesChins on March 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Go Red, young men, Go Red.

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Resist We Much on March 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Lol! Perfect! Had one jump in the boat for that one. Check out the comment.

Bmore on March 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Come to Florida! We’re the “Gunshine State!” We even have skiing…water skiing, that is!

NB: A STANDARD magazine for these rifles is 30 rounds. That’s not a “high capacity” magazine. For pistols 11-19 are STANDARD.

ProfShadow on March 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

I suggest you review Florida statutes. Buried in the mandatory sentence laws is a provision that if you are convicted of aggravated assault with a firearm the minimum sentence is 3 years in prison. That same conviction with a machine gun or a firearm with a detachable box magazine that holds over 20 rounds the mandatory minimum sentence is 15 years in prison. This is if you do not discharge the weapon. Fire it , even a warning shot 20 years in prison.

meci on March 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Are we going to get a story about the deep-voiced gender-ambiguous JANET NAPOLITANO acquiring 2,700 armored vehicles for DHS?

Seems to me the government is preparing for it’s next war. And we’re the enemy…

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

One reason to fight federal usurpation of states rights.

Sad.. Colorado was cool once.

Jason Gillman on March 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Gawd! That Bmore needs some help.

RovesChins on March 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Not true. I work best at my interests all on my own. No help needed. Do not enquirer within.

Bmore on March 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Resist We Much on March 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Gee, thanks! You two just ruined one of my favorite music videos…forever!

cozmo on March 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM

It appears many in the California exodus landed in Colorado.

bw222 on March 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Welcome to Hot Air. Since your new here I’ll show you around if you need help.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Resist We Much on March 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

A+; you’re a rockstar!

Jackalope on March 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

One reason to fight federal usurpation of states rights.

Sad.. Colorado was cool once.

Jason Gillman on March 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

They can now be legally stoned out of their minds, but also must be disarmed into defenselessness.

So that the State can come take anything it wants without resistance.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Until WV rids itself of Joe Manchin and elects a Conservative, forget about attracting firearms manufacturers or suppliers there.

Philly on March 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM

It appears many in the California exodus landed in Colorado.

bw222 on March 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Thank God they look down their noses at Kentucky and West Virginia to the point they’d never be caught dead here.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Yes, I read something about Colt not really caring and not willing to give up that big gov money. My next 1911 was going to be a Series 70 but after I read that I decided I’m going to save a little longer and go get myself a Wilson Combat. They too have decided to boycott gun grabbing governments.

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

It appears many in the California exodus landed in Colorado.

bw222 on March 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

THIS! + a gagillion.

Jackalope on March 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Colbyjack on March 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Our lawmakers are fools. Gun trafficking is already a felony.

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/338064.php

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 10:40 PM

How did BMore do that picture and scrunch his face and get the reflection right. How? He has to be a freaking wizard to do that.

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:40 PM

West Virginia has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the country, only behind Alaska, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming,” Thompson wrote.

If guns are to blame for high murder rates, then these states should have the highest murder rates. I bet you could find murder rates lower in some states that average one gun per household than you’d find in these little disarmed European nations that the gun controllers are always bragging about.

We are a nation of cowards when it comes to honest discussions of race matters.

Buddahpundit on March 4, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Cause and Effect…

Seven Percent Solution on March 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Are we going to get a story about the deep-voiced gender-ambiguous JANET NAPOLITANO acquiring 2,700 armored vehicles for DHS?

Seems to me the government is preparing for it’s next war. And we’re the enemy…

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

A domestic security force as well-funded as the military …

People can’t say they weren’t warned – time and again. The retarded, dog-eating Sukarno knock-off is reverting back to his childhood, trying to form America into one big, third-world Jakarta sh!thole.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 4, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Yes, I read something about Colt not really caring and not willing to give up that big gov money. My next 1911 was going to be a Series 70 but after I read that I decided I’m going to save a little longer and go get myself a Wilson Combat. They too have decided to boycott gun grabbing governments.

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

If I had the money to start a company, I’d start a small arms company that manufactured ammo in the common types that sold EXCLUSIVELY to the civilian retail market (no government contracts) and specialized in two very popular weapons LONG past patent expiration:

1. Producing M1911 pistols
2. Producing M1 Garands (which NO ONE manufactures new these days! the M1A is a M14 semi auto and isn’t even offered in .30-06)

How could you NOT make money with a company like that, and not win the hearts and minds of firearms enthusiasts?

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

If guns are to blame for high murder rates, then these states should have the highest murder rates. I bet you could find murder rates lower in some states that average one gun per household than you’d find in these little disarmed European nations that the gun controllers are always bragging about.

We are a nation of cowards when it comes to honest discussions of race matters.

Buddahpundit on March 4, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Violent crime is pretty rare here, mostly because they are afraid of getting shot.

Most of that which happens around here is confined to the Obamavilles in our cities (ie: government housing) and involves drugs.

We also don’t have much in the way of public transportation which means the thugs can’t catch the bus or government choo-choo out to the mall in order to rob people.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Bmore on March 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Many kudos to your mad Photoshop skillz.

Bravo!

PatriotGal2257 on March 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Tennessee has always been very pro 2nd amendment. Republican house and senate, Republican governor and US Senators.Right to work state. Good weather, no income tax. Firearms manufacturers, come on down!

tngmv on March 4, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Resist We Much on March 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2013 at 10:57 PM

SparkPlug on March 4, 2013 at 10:40 PM

You won’t see this. You have already left. You are as I have said before, have very good instincts. Alas you have already left for QOTD. You will miss this pebble. ; )

Bmore on March 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

If I had the money to start a company, I’d start a small arms company that manufactured ammo in the common types that sold EXCLUSIVELY to the civilian retail market (no government contracts) and specialized in two very popular weapons LONG past patent expiration:

1. Producing M1911 pistols
2. Producing M1 Garands (which NO ONE manufactures new these days! the M1A is a M14 semi auto and isn’t even offered in .30-06)

How could you NOT make money with a company like that, and not win the hearts and minds of firearms enthusiasts?

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Great idea! If you ever pursue it, count me in. ;)

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 11:06 PM

The speaker of the Colorado house, a homosexual New York transplant who’s a former aid to Bloomberg killed Jessica’s Law. Here in Colorado. Sent to a committee he new would kill the bill to avoid a floor debate. So he’s attacking our second amendment rights while protecting child molesters.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/03/04/oreilly-producer-confronts-colorados-speaker-of-the-house-over-his-refusal-to-allow-the-legislature-to-vote-on-jessicas-law/

This twerp makes me sick to my stomach.

jawkneemusic on March 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

It’s of course forbidden to mention the great frequency in which homosexuals seem to engage in pedophilia and child molestation.

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Come, now – you two should take care, lest Jazz come along and suggest that you’re simply not thinking straight (no pun intended) anymore – get with the times, ye conservatives – embrace everything your principles say is ‘bad’, because otherwise, the GOP is doomed or something.

So, belly up to the bar, y’all – time for conservatives to get all pro-gay, pro-abortion, pro-taxation, pro-spending, pro-big-government, etc – ’cause that’s the ‘new conservative’, dont’cha know.

Midas on March 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

It appears many in the California exodus landed in Colorado.

bw222 on March 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I’d like to see states setup residency tests, roadblocks, whatever…

“Says here that you’re moving here from California – is that correct?”

“Yes, yes it is!”

“Turn your car around and head back the other way, or be shot crossing the border. Have a nice day.”

I’d like to be able to let conservative-minded California refuges move-in, but the odds and risk are awfully high – it’s like zombies, even letting one in is too dangerous to everyone else, so you have to turn away folks that might not be infected, just to be sure…

Sort of kidding. Kinda.

Midas on March 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

A domestic security force as well-funded as the military …

People can’t say they weren’t warned – time and again. The retarded, dog-eating Sukarno knock-off is reverting back to his childhood, trying to form America into one big, third-world Jakarta sh!thole.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 4, 2013 at 10:43 PM

yep. it absolutely sickens me.

tom daschle concerned on March 4, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Flee to friendlier climes, gun manufacturers. You have no obligation to invest in a state that is actively trying to destroy you, and those who blithely run off good jobs in bad times should pay a price for their decisions.

A-f***in’-men.

The Rogue Tomato on March 4, 2013 at 11:21 PM

You have no obligation to invest in a state that is actively trying to destroy you, and those who blithely run off good jobs in bad times should pay a price for their decisions.

We really have to make the democrats pay for this….with their jobs….

redguy on March 4, 2013 at 11:25 PM

They should start packing, liberals don’t care who loses their job or their business, its all politics only.

Speakup on March 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Bmore on March 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Good work.

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

And you will note that those kind, sensitive and caring Democrats have no problem CHOKING ON THE HYPOCRISY of “We build ‘em, but you can’t have ‘em in this state!”

GarandFan on March 5, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Well my state senator happens to be the President of the Senate.

Ive sent him an email about these bills and my concern but I highly doubt it will be read, let alone considered.
If its interesting ill post it for a read. Otherwise I guess I’ll dig in for the long haul of getting his ass kicked out of office and replacing him with a more 2nd amendment friendly candidate.

I am suddenly a lot more ashamed of my state that I have been in a very very long time.

Blu3Yeti on March 5, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Come to Texas. No income tax, low cost-of-living, and a legislature that meets in a building with a CHL express lane (not kidding).

michaelo on March 5, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Georgia will welcome you with open arms. ; )

Bmore on March 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM

You’ve got Glock.
Don’t get greedy. ;)

And Louisiana will open ‘em with open le…umm…arms too.

Sportsman’s Paradise.
We got guns, and we chootem.

soundingboard on March 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Now we need the big boys, like those that build in Ilion, N.Y.

soundingboard on March 5, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Cindy Munford on March 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Thank you Cindy. I am starting to burn out on it which is actually a good thing for me. I will soon be on to other adventures. I have done roughly 450 images so far. Most for the 0 series, only some have been outside the series. ; )

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 12:28 AM

soundingboard on March 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Could any state ever have too many firearm and firearm related manufactures. I think not. Lol! ; )

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Colorado’s largest and most profitable manufacturer of high-capacity ammunition magazines has vowed to leave the state if lawmakers pass a measure banning the devices — a move officials with the company say could cost hundreds of jobs and upward of $85 million in potential spending this year.

Magpul’s threat has Democratic lawmakers scrambling to strike a balance that remains true to their goal of limiting the number of rounds a magazine can hold without frightening off businesses.

excerpt: Kurtis Lee of The Denver Post

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You Colorado politicians keep tryin’ to walk that razor-edged fence, and you’ll end up with a “split-personality”.

You’re like the idiot who put on a blue pair GAR pants, and a Confederate gray top. Then tried walking across the Civil War battlefield, while yelling “don’t bother me boys, I’m neutral”.

One side shot one half, and the other side shot the other half.

listens2glenn on March 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Come to MO. Cost of living is cheaper, the bulk of us support gun rights. We have conceal carry laws, the castle doctrine and need jobs! :)

GeeWhiz on March 5, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Which will leave the North quite unable to acquire arms or ammunition should they choose to fight a Second War of the Northern Aggression to keep the red states enslaved to them…

Ironic, isn’t it?

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Our current welfare state is due to the stupidity of the Solid South. Look at who voted for FDR… You guys have reaped what you have sown.

unclesmrgol on March 5, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Colorado has been taken over by a bunch of stinking ex-hippy, dope smoking, ex-Kalifornians trying to muck up their new beautiful state.
Guns welcome in Texas.

RovesChins on March 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Maybe we could get some more Texans to move up here for the skiing and take over The People’s Republic of Boulder.

AesopFan on March 5, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Our current welfare state is due to the stupidity of the Solid South. Look at who voted for FDR… You guys have reaped what you have sown.

unclesmrgol on March 5, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Nearly every state went for FDR each year — and ditto for Reagan.
There’s plenty of blame to go around.
Well … LBJ came from Texas.
But they were probably glad to get rid of him.

It doesn’t make sense to hold the Current South responsible for the acts of people who lived in the Past South (especially since conservatives are currently arguing to the Supreme Court that the Southern states shouldn’t be held to provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that presume every white person living there is a racist).

AesopFan on March 5, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Americans ALWAYS get the government[s] they DESERVE!

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. Plato

DannoJyd on March 5, 2013 at 1:30 AM

They are not threatening to leave. They must leave. Every time an employee touches one, he is endangered. The firm will forever be hostage to the government. The managers will always be vulnerable.
Get Out.
Believe me. I practice in this area.

pat on March 5, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Are we going to get a story about the deep-voiced gender-ambiguous JANET NAPOLITANO acquiring 2,700 armored vehicles for DHS?

Seems to me the government is preparing for it’s next war. And we’re the enemy…

wildcat72 on March 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

In my experience, a 20 oz bottle of gasoline and styrofoam, on the tires, is the deathknell for one of these semi-armored vehicles.
When you set them afire, the idiots inside them scramble to get outside them….that’s when your squad designated marksman does his best to the crew.
Just remember, take your time. Those bastards have to eat, piss and crap just like everyone else….and they don’t do it in the armored vehicle.
As for the new DHS drone fleet, if you want to disable it, kill the pilots or kill the drones when they are landing. They fly these things from the same locations around the country.
The Constitution is now treated like toilet paper, so have no second thoughts about eliminating the threats to the Republic.
The DHS is no different than Hitler’s SS.
Si vis pacem, para bellum.
III/0317

dirtengineer on March 5, 2013 at 2:13 AM

People of Colorado: you deserve the government you elect…

Suck it up or recall them… this is what happens when you vote DIMocrat…

Khun Joe on March 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Oh goodie, they just approved a bill in the committee that only allows my wife to barrow my gun for the first 72 hours. So when I go out of town for a week or two for business she only has 72 hours to defend herself legally or well both be slapped with a felony for not getting a background check done on her. These leftists f%#king make me sick!

jawkneemusic on March 5, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Blu3Yeti on March 5, 2013 at 12:12 AM

You folks in Colorado are politically confused.
When any politician proposes the elimination or limitation of your God given rights, as enumerated in the Bill of Rights, you don’t wait for the next election to vote him out of office….you dispatch him from your state with extreme prejudice.
We waited for the next election, and the next election, and the next, and the Marxists have increased their control.
Stop waiting for the miracle.
III/0317

dirtengineer on March 5, 2013 at 2:30 AM

dirtengineer on March 5, 2013 at 2:13 AM

You might want to consider taking that back a notch.

hawkdriver on March 5, 2013 at 2:30 AM

Could any state ever have too many firearm and firearm related manufactures. I think not. Lol! ; )

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 12:30 AM

bu…uh…umm. ok, I can’t contest that.
:)

soundingboard on March 5, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Don’t suppose the numbskull that sent threatening emails to a CO legislator that were racially and sexually explicit might have played any part at all in the sentiments? The woman’s son was murdered. She wants tougher control. I don’t agree, but to threaten her? I think that had plenty of impact on other legislators. The fool did more harm than good by being a jerk. And now he’s been charged with a felony.

jaliranchr on March 5, 2013 at 5:41 AM

Maybe gun prices will come down if these gun makers stop building/making guns in these libtard north east states like they are doing, paying stupid tax rates.

They should move to LA, TX, MS, NM, or any number of other states that wont ban their products.

TX-96 on March 5, 2013 at 5:53 AM

“Sure, Maryland. You expect Maryland.”

M.K., This sentence makes me weep, particularly since it absolutely rings true. Maryland, “the land of pleasant living” is a one party state, with a Governor who would cheerfully burn the entire place to the ground if he thought it would help him become President.

Our situation is not so dire as California (yet) but people are bailing out of this place for lower tax and regulation states e.g., Delaware.

I don’t believe O’Malley’s legislation will stand the Constitutional test and he knows it. But that is how cynical, intelectually dishonest Maryland’s government is.

Spots the Dog on March 5, 2013 at 6:19 AM

Armalite in Geneseo, Illinois is under significant pressure, as well. Their website is dominated by a strongly worded statement from their President regarding sales to law enforcement…says he’s conflicted on the issue and owes an allegiance to the officers, despite the increasingly political tone coming from state police and whiny, lisping nitwits like Garry McCarthy in Chicago.

They would seem to be the next company to move.

Jaibones on March 5, 2013 at 7:26 AM

this is what happens when you vote DIMocrat…

Khun Joe on March 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Yup. You get what you vote for.

Jaibones on March 5, 2013 at 7:28 AM

I may just have top buy a Beretta to add to my gun safe.

clippermiami on March 5, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Don’t make us a crime
If you can’t spare our tax dime
Beretta!

Odysseus on March 5, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Personally, after watching O’Malley on the Sunday shows for a while, he’s nothing more than another divisive Democrat. So I’m going to get a kick out of watching him Rahm through some legislation, taking away the 2nd Amendment rights of his citizens, losing a manufacturer who’s been there a while, then having the Supreme Court declare the law unconstitutional. COuldn’t happen to a nicer guy, although I do feel sorry for the people he’s shafting.

bflat879 on March 5, 2013 at 7:47 AM

But, by leaving aren’t they doing what the libtards want? They want to disarm everybody. And by moving to another area aren’t they just ‘kicking the can down the road’?

I question moving to Virginia as it is becoming more liberal since the 2 main populated areas (NOVA and V Beaach) keep Demwit senators and people like Moran in power (not to mention going for Obie twice now).

TerryW on March 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Maryland, “the land of pleasant living” is a one party state, with a Governor who would cheerfully burn the entire place to the ground if he thought it would help him become President.

Spots the Dog on March 5, 2013 at 6:19 AM

O’Malley is an ideological moron. He has to know that most of his new laws will be struck down by the courts, and what will he have to show for it?

He’ll still have been the governor of the state with the fourth highest murder rate, and previously was the mayor of a city with the fifth highest murder rate in the country. His only accomplishments have been raising taxes and driving real businesses out of the state.

This stuff might help him get the nomination (although I doubt it, there are too many people ahead of him right now), but it will kill him in the general election. He couldn’t win many of the southern/western states Obama won with a record like his.

Look at the last guy to do this in Maryland–Glendenning thought his gun bills in the 90′s would lead to a position in a Gore administration and bright future. And where is he today? On the back of a milk carton!

Good luck with your stupid unconstitutional laws, Martin!

PetecminMd on March 5, 2013 at 8:33 AM

No offense, MKH, but this is like the third posting on MagPull threatening to leave CO. It’s at least the second on Beretta. Let’s not get into the MSM habit of repeating stories and thereby making something seem more prevalent than it really is. Please find some other companies that are leaving or threatening to leave 2d-Amendment-unfriendly states. That would be really good news.

GWB on March 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I don’t think that magazines are all that hard to manufacture by someone who has the minimal skills (or can acquire them) out of plastic, wood or metal. Though I think you should be able to own 10,000 high-capacity magazines if you want, I really don’t see why much more than a dozen are necessary.

It’s just the idea of the whole thing that’s galling.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Easier than you think…

The high capacity magazine–illegal for sale under a proposed law–that Defense Distributed 3D-printed and tested.

Five months ago, the group of homemade gun enthusiasts known as Defense Distributed set out to create a lethal firearm that could be downloaded and 3D-printed entirely from scratch, circumventing all gun control laws. But as new gun bills have been proposed in the wake of recent shootings, creating a bootleg weapon with digital pieces may soon be far easier: As simple as printing a spring-loaded plastic box.

Over the past weekend, Defense Distributed successfully 3D-printed and tested an ammunition magazine for an AR semi-automatic rifle, loading and firing 86 rounds from the 30-round clip.

right2bright on March 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Come on down to Texas. Aside from the obvious no State Income taxes, Buidness friendly atmosphere, ya got the danged ole purtyest gals in the whole danged world, and we keep our beer cold and our barrels hot.

44Magnum on March 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Don’t forget that Obama’s drone program has killed 63 children since 2009 – more than three times the number at Newtown. Any outrage or condemnation there? Bueller? Bueller?

tballard on March 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM

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