Magpul: If Hickenlooper signs gun-control bill, we’re outta here

posted at 11:21 am on March 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Two weeks ago, they were merely considering their options.  Late last night, though, the executives at Colorado-based Magpul made it official on their Facebook page.  If Governor John Hickenlooper signs the gun-control bill that limits magazine capacities — their core business — they will leave Colorado for friendlier venues and take hundreds of jobs with them (via Instapundit):

Apparently Gov Hickenlooper has announced that he will sign HB 1224 on Wednesday. We were asked for our reaction, and here is what we said:

We have said all along that based on the legal problems and uncertainties in the bill, as well as general principle, we will have no choice but to leave if the Governor signs this into law. We will start our transition out of the state almost immediately, and we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first. We expect the first PMAGs to be made outside CO within 30 days of the signing, with the rest to follow in phases. We will likely become a multi-state operation as a result of this move, and not all locations have been selected. We have made some initial contacts and evaluated a list of new potential locations for additional manufacturing and the new company headquarters, and we will begin talks with various state representatives in earnest if the Governor indeed signs this legislation. Although we are agile for a company of our size, it is still a significant footprint, and we will perform this move in a manner that is best for the company and our employees.

It is disappointing to us that money and a social agenda from outside the state have apparently penetrated the American West to control our legislature and Governor, but we feel confident that Colorado residents can still take the state back through recalls, ballot initiatives, and the 2014 election to undo these wrongs against responsible Citizens.

Indeed, Hickenlooper has already indicated he would sign the bill:

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign legislation Wednesday that sets limits on ammunition magazines and expands background checks for firearms, marking a Democratic victory in a state where gun ownership is a treasured right and Second Amendment debate has played out in the wake of two mass shootings.

The measures proposed are some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and their passage comes after weeks of tense legislative battles. Republicans and gun rights supporters put up a major fight against the measures in this politically moderate state, while Democrats made them the centerpieces of a package of legislative proposals drafted in reaction to shooting rampages at a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school last year.

It’s not that Democrats didn’t try to woo Magpul into staying.  They added an amendment that made it legal to manufacture and transport high-capacity magazines … as long as Magpul sold them anywhere but in Colorado.  Republicans blasted Democrats for their hypocrisy:

A Colorado-based magazine manufacturer said it would leave the state if the new restrictions were passed, taking hundreds of jobs with it. Democrats tried to ease the concerns from Magpul Industries, saying the company can still manufacture higher-capacity magazines if they were sold out of state.

Waller blasted Democrats on that amendment, saying it was hypocritical because they are telling the company “you can sell (magazines) at any other place where any of these tragic shootings have happened.”

Waller called the exemption “a monumental inconsistency in their thought process.”

What was the message here? Colorado won’t allow people to purchase high-capacity magazines because that will supposedly decrease violence, but they’re happy to export them to other states? One can’t blame Magpul for failing to trust Democrats to leave that loophole open for very long, not after their demonstration of hostility to Magpul’s industry.

Meanwhile, two Pennsylvania legislators want to roll out the red carpet for Magpul, using a reference to Barack Obama in its pitch:

As some states that are home to manufactures of guns and gun components move to pass stricter gun regulations, two Pennsylvania state representatives have laid out a welcome mat in hopes of drawing the companies to the state.

Representatives Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, and Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County, issued a joint news release Monday that announces they are reaching out to several out-of-state gun and gun component makers, including Beretta, Magpul and Remington, and encouraging them to move to the Keystone State.

“We’ll be more than happy to have additional manufacturing,” Grove said. “Pennsylvania is known all over the country for clinging to its guns, and it’s time that we use this reputation to our advantage.”

In reaching out to the companies, Pennsylvania has joined a long list of states that have already done so.

Clearly, Colorado isn’t welcoming manufacturing jobs.  Pennsylvania may be a good option for Magpul, one no doubt they will consider as they start moving jobs out of Colorado.


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Texas.

portlandon on March 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

GOP only just now figures out that maybe they’re not so good at connecting with folks. That their message might be weak and that folks think of them too often as mean spirited and silly.
 
verbaluce on March 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM at 10:32 AM

rogerb on March 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Duuuuuude, that’s okay, the pot industry will take up the slack. Like, totally.

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

My God what has happened to the great State of Colorado. Progressives/Democrats have ignored the Constitution for their petty takeover of individual rights. Democrats are killing America.

karlinsync on March 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I guess all the libs flooding into Colorado from California can buy the houses of the Magpul employees leaving for greener pastures. Maybe an enterprising liberal can buy the MagPul facilities and open a LBGT conference center.

redguy on March 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Lubbock’s got plenty of space-and plenty of red-blooded patriots. Just sayin’…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

“Pennsylvania is known all over the country for clinging to its guns, and it’s time that we use this reputation to our advantage.”

BOOM!

CurtZHP on March 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

What the hell has happened to Colorado? This was once a reliable red state and is now bordering on California-level insanity. And don’t tell me it’s all due to people migrating from blue states. There’s no way they could’ve gone this far off the deep end so quickly. Even the aforementioned California took decades to become the cesspool it’s devolved into.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Seeing that the Sandy Hook shooter was a GAMER,
I’m curious. Every able bodied individual who believes
in Gun Rights should be storming the Capital in Denver today.

There needs to be a full scale “assualt” on these blithering
Idiots. Shame these people!

ToddPA on March 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Wake up, Americans. This gun grab is a major step in ultimate, central government control. They break the 2nd Amendment, the rest can be broken, too. “Rights” for anything will become a dream from the past.

MN J on March 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

My God what has happened to the great State of Colorado. Progressives/Democrats have ignored the Constitution for their petty takeover of individual rights. Democrats are killing America.

karlinsync on March 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Colorado? Look at Florida now. I just saw that Crist leads Scott for the Governorship by 12 points! Crist? Yeah I know Scott has been a disappointment but Crist?

sandee on March 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Start packing. I would suggest a state without large population centers.

Speakup on March 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Hasta la vista, baby.

trigon on March 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I hope the image on the front page, of that M47 Mime Assault Pistol, doesn’t scare off the trolls from posting on this thread.

I wonder if Magpul actually does begin its shutdown and intended move, the CO legislature will move quickly to pass an ‘emergency exit tax’ to punish them.

Liam on March 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Colorado? Look at Florida now. I just saw that Crist leads Scott for the Governorship by 12 points! Crist? Yeah I know Scott has been a disappointment but Crist?

sandee on March 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Well in fairness, Scott’s not exactly done a good job down there and he recently sold out on Obamacare. That doesn’t leave him with much of a base. I agree that returning Crist to the governor’s mansion is insanity, but he was popular in his previous term and the Dems have shown they’ll back anyone who can win statewide office.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I say Magpul should move next door to Glock in Georgia and so they can work together an make the FMG…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magpul_FMG-9

mad saint jack on March 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

C’mon on down to Sunny Florida, where we appreciate the 2nd admnt and the jobs you bring. We need them here! :)

ninjacoastie on March 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Environouttatheirmenatlists are probably hoping an icky manufacturing business leaves the state anyway.

Polluters!!! There must be something nasty in the manufacturing process.

tru2tx on March 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Good. Plus, many Colorado sheriffs have said that they will enforce the law like Obama does immigration law and DOMA.

So, Colorado Democrats will lose about 300 manufacturing jobs, chase off $85 million worth of business per year with the associated taxes, pizz off their voters, and do NOTHING to reduce crime, which they have admitted.

SWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Wyoming would be a short move and is far more gun friendly. If Magpul moves up there, I just might also.
Magpul could move to Cheyenne and open an outlet store at the factory and sell direct to thousands of Coloradans driving across the border to buy stuff – like we do for firewaorks already.

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Democrats are killing America.

Not killing….transforming America into a One Party Ruled Statist Utopia, and doing their best to eliminate any and all real, potential and imagined threats to that great utopia they’ve been working so hard in establishing.

hawkeye54 on March 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

They added an amendment that made it legal to manufacture and transport high-capacity magazines … as long as Magpul sold them anywhere but in Colorado. Republicans blasted Democrats for their hypocrisy:

And the Democrat political pigs in perpetuity in Congress and the Oval Office are going to be subject to the IPAB “recommendations,” too. Just like we are.

Right?

Hypocrisy and lies go hand-in-hand with these pigs.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Democrats are killing America.

karlinsync on March 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

The time will come when American decides to reciprocate.

Archivarix on March 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Why talk about it? Just do it.

If he doesn’t sign this bill, there will be others. Vampires and zombies don’t just stop on their own.

platypus on March 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

The issu behind the issue;

The left is continuing its immoral anti-feedom goal one little pawn move at a time. They really could give a hoot about lost jobs–(destroying caitalism is their goal) just the political ramifications. They hit the calculators and the “lust is us,” free-lunch, envy of the responsible and rich crowd, has more votes.

It’s that simple! (Well, they fully do intend to take away all our guns–one nibble at a time.)

Sadly, the cost of freedom is the social embrace of moral corruption, while the right fights about by-products of that,like money.

Don L on March 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

The center of the World for guns is Sturgis, SD.

Home of all of these Companies

Nearly fifty in all and growing. Low taxes, enthusiastic employees and a great base of knowledge.

Bulletchaser on March 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

This is the correct response to this sort of legislation. Deny those who legislation in an attempt to special interest groups at the expense of the rights of citizens and legal immigrants your trade and/or patronage.

Much as my own determination not to vote for any GOP candidate in any election if the GOP continues its push for amnesty for illegal aliens.

Just as with this gun legislation, the political class has determined to penalize those who have shown respect and regard for the rule of the law in order to curry favor with special interest groups in implementing their agenda, the political class seeks to give preferential treatment to illegal aliens over the interest of the citizens and legal immigrants of this nation. Further, they penalize those millions waiting in line around the world to come to this nation LEGALLY by granting exception to the law and preferential treatment under the law to those who proved they have no regard for the rule of law or the rights or interests of the citizens and legal immigrants of this nation by coming to this nation illegally and working and residing in this nation illegally.

The reasonable response to these injustices perpetrated on the law abiding members of this society by our own political class is to deny them our trade and patronage, whether that be in the form of business or votes.

thatsafactjack on March 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Wyoming is cold, Magpul.

Come on down to lovely Arizona. We’re a sunny, gun-friendly, right-to-work state, and we’d love to have your jobs.

AZCoyote on March 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Hickenlooper is a radical liberal – like all other liberals, he does not care about jobs or the economy. Magpul should leave Colorado, but, they would be wise to avoid Hickenlooper’s home state of Pennsylvania. Come on – TEXAS is the only state that Magpul should consider.

Pork-Chop on March 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

So, Colorado Democrats will lose about 300 manufacturing jobs, chase off $85 million worth of business per year with the associated taxes, pizz off their voters, and do NOTHING to reduce crime, which they have admitted.

SWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!

Resist We Much on March 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Actually about 600 jobs – counting their subcontractors who have also said they will move with them.

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I am too. TX or WY. I no longer know the state I have lived in for 36 years.

Either that or moving to Weld County (just shy of the WY border).

katy on March 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

AZCoyote on March 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Texas is right-to-work too…and WE have no state income tax!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

You got what you voted for, Colorado. But, lucky for you, elections can be undone in the next election. It’s not like Hickenlooper is a permanent fixture you cannot remove…

unclesmrgol on March 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Wyoming is cold, Magpul.

Come on down to lovely Arizona. We’re a sunny, gun-friendly, right-to-work state, and we’d love to have your jobs.

AZCoyote on March 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

No, Texas damn it! It was in the mid-to-high 80′s here yesterday.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

So, Colorado Democrats will lose about 300 manufacturing jobs, chase off $85 million worth of business per year with the associated taxes, pizz off their voters, and do NOTHING to reduce crime, which they have admitted.

Meh, a worthwhile sacrifice to rid the state of a vile and evil gun related business.

And none of these gun bills have anything to do with reducing crime. In fact it’s just the reverse. They have the effect of turning citizens once considered law abiding into potential criminals that law enforcement can pursue for the benefit of our lords and masters in the political ruling class.

hawkeye54 on March 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Duuuuuude, that’s okay, the pot industry will take up the slack. Like, totally.

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

“Guns? Boo!! Weed? YES!!”
/CO Dems

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Still a catastrophe, as how many families and job moves will really happen? Move to Pennsylvania from Colorado? Who pays for that?

It’s a disaster no matter how you cut it, but I would move my company had it been me so Colorado loses the revenue.

HopeHeFails on March 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Mid-70′s here yesterday. Except for the dust and the lack of ‘green’ plants…west Texas is juuust right.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Some are suggesting PA, but if I were Magpul I’d rule out any state that voted for Obama in 2012. Obviously clinging to government freebies is more important than cling to guns in PA KY FL OH and pretty much the entire west and northeast coasts. I’d bet on TX and another southern state (a real southern state not FL).

Fenris on March 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

The low cost of doing business in Texas will attract the gun manufacturers from all over the country.

Tater Salad on March 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Either that or moving to Weld County (just shy of the WY border).

katy on March 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I’ll have a tough time leaving El Paso County (also very red), since I’m a long time defense contractor and this is where the defense jobs are. I doubt I could make the same kind of money in Wyoming, but I’m thinking about it.

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

In other news, Frito-Lay and Pepsi both announced that they are moving major manufacturing plants to Colorado in order to save transportation costs for the market they expect to shortly be number one.

platypus on March 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

The low cost of doing business in Texas will attract the gun manufacturers from all over the country.

Tater Salad on March 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

That and the sanity of a majority of the electorate.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

No, Texas damn it! It was in the mid-to-high 80′s here yesterday.

Hmm, Texas, at least the areas apart from urban centers, is beginning to sound more appealing.

When its time for my wife and me to leave California, soon, I hope,
I’ll bid farewell to those remaining behind, paraphrasing those famous words attributed to Davy Crocket:

“Y’all can stay in HE!!, we’re going to Texas!”

hawkeye54 on March 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania is a forced-unionization state. Of course, so is Colorado, but if a company is making a move why not take care of two problems at the same time?

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I kinda like the little anti-Biden/Bloomberg shot at the end there…

PetecminMd on March 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Still a catastrophe, as how many families and job moves will really happen? Move to Pennsylvania from Colorado? Who pays for that?

It’s a disaster no matter how you cut it, but I would move my company had it been me so Colorado loses the revenue.

HopeHeFails on March 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

The word is some states have offered to pay their moving expenses.

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Louisana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee……

itsspideyman on March 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

itsspideyman on March 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Wrong. Texas and ONLY Texas.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Duuuuuude, that’s okay, the pot industry will take up the slack. Like, totally.

Ward Cleaver on March 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

“Guns? Boo!! Weed? YES!!”
/CO Dems

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Don’t forget those companies that make glasses with mirrors on the outside edges, so you can keep an eye on those people that are always following you.

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2013 at 11:48 AM

The center of the World for guns is Sturgis, SD.

Home of all of these Companies

Nearly fifty in all and growing. Low taxes, enthusiastic employees and a great base of knowledge.

Bulletchaser on March 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I second the motion for you to move to the beautiful Black Hills. Great small town atmosphere and our schools are not a mess.

Lily on March 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Wyoming is cold, Magpul.

Come on down to lovely Arizona. We’re a sunny, gun-friendly, right-to-work state, and we’d love to have your jobs.

AZCoyote on March 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

No, Texas damn it! It was in the mid-to-high 80′s here yesterday.

Doughboy on March 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The Wyoming legislature that just wrapped up passed legislation welcoming Magpul to Wyoming. SO THERE!!!!

Jackalope on March 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

In other news, Frito-Lay and Pepsi both announced that they are moving major manufacturing plants to Colorado in order to save transportation costs for the market they expect to shortly be number one.

platypus on March 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Bloomingidiot’s Demtard puppets in Colorado will soon be proposing a ban on junk food and sugary drinks…..

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

It is disappointing to us that money and a social Socialist agenda from outside the state have apparently clearly penetrated infected the American West …

I wanna be a Magpul proof-reader.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Wrong. Texas and ONLY Texas.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2013 at 11:48 AM

There is only Oklahoma and Baja Oklahoma.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

There is only Oklahoma and Baja Oklahoma.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

You mean Texas and Lesser Texas.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I would love to have Magpul move to TX also. It is great that this company still stands with the 2nd!

I really admire all the gun/ammo companies who have stood up against the gun grabbing states to not sell to the government in the states that ban selling to the citizens of the states!
L

letget on March 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM

You mean Texas and Lesser Texas.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Are you referring to that State that is above you?

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Red States control the guns Blue states control the Pot?

Alinsky on March 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Wyoming would be a short move and is far more gun friendly. If Magpul moves up there, I just might also.
Magpul could move to Cheyenne and open an outlet store at the factory and sell direct to thousands of Coloradans driving across the border to buy stuff – like we do for firewaorks already.

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Not only that, but Wyoming has no corporate or personal income tax!

merlich on March 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Some are suggesting PA, but if I were Magpul I’d rule out any state that voted for Obama in 2012.

Gotta agree. Stay away from purple states. Too risky. That’s why South Dakota is perfect. We’re happy clingers and just passed a school sentinel bill.

LetsBfrank on March 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Now if Boeing had just packed up and left when the leftist ruled they lose their right to make their own economic choices. History would have recorded the reaction from the voters as the howl heard around the world, but alas, testosterone in the cause of freedom is a rare commodity.

Don L on March 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Rick Perry was on Glenn Beck this morning as said that we all be assured that Magpul has been contacted and encouraged to come here. Perry is really good at that.

I’ll be a Magpul supporter no matter where they relocate. There are still many good red states to choose from, for now anyway.

juliesa on March 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

We in Texas- a state with a CHL express lane in the Capitol itself- will naturally welcome Marpul with open ‘arms’. As a no income tax state with low cost of living and plenty of corporate incentive programs, we would be a great choice for their relocation. However, we also realize there are other fine states- with equally supportive state governments- that are a possibility. Whatever their decision, we wish them well and admire their decision to act on principle.

michaelo on March 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Some are suggesting PA, but if I were Magpul I’d rule out any state that voted for Obama in 2012. Obviously clinging to government freebies is more important than cling to guns in PA KY FL OH and pretty much the entire west and northeast coasts. I’d bet on TX and another southern state (a real southern state not FL).

Fenris on March 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

KY has been first in the nation called for the R’s for like 16 years and you put us on that list? :-/

preallocated on March 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Some are suggesting PA, but if I were Magpul I’d rule out any state that voted for Obama in 2012.

Fenris on March 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Another good reason for Magpul to come to AZ. We’re right-to-work, sunny, gun-friendly . . . and Obama didn’t win here in 2008 or 2012.

AZCoyote on March 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Msg paul isn’t going to s northern Liberal state.

They’ll relocate to somewhere in the south more than likely, though Wyoming is closer and friendly.

catmman on March 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Damn auto correct… *facepalm*

catmman on March 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

This Texan says COME ON DOWN! Plus when they finally do try to take our guns away you will be in a state that’s full of patriots who pack…just sayin

neyney on March 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

KY has been first in the nation called for the R’s for like 16 years and you put us on that list? :-/

preallocated on March 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

You’re right, my bad.

Fenris on March 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Hickenlooper can’t back down now.He has to stand firm for his base.Magpul better not back down either.

docflash on March 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

From what I’ve heard, Wyoming and Texas are officially courting Magpul. Both have no income tax, but I think Wyoming is the only one that also has no corporate tax. Texas definitely wins the battle of preferable climate, but in terms of patriotic attitude of residents, it’s a draw. It will be interesting to see how Colorado reacts to losing a major business; my guess is that they’ll blow it off. If Magpul is bluffing and ends up staying in Colorado, it’ll be the biggest face palm ever.

Jackalope on March 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Can one of you guys from Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, or ohter state represent your state and make ME an offer to move out of Colorado???? Purty please??? I’ve got guns and lots of illegal magazines to bring along….

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

“We’ll be more than happy to have additional manufacturing,” Grove said. “Pennsylvania is known all over the country for clinging to its guns, and it’s time that we use this reputation to our advantage.”

Gotta love that!

South Mississippi would love Magpul to move in, and is a reliably conservative state with no danger of new gun regulations.

tom on March 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

From what I’ve heard, Wyoming and Texas are officially courting Magpul. Both have no income tax, but I think Wyoming is the only one that also has no corporate tax. Texas definitely wins the battle of preferable climate, but in terms of patriotic attitude of residents, it’s a draw. It will be interesting to see how Colorado reacts to losing a major business; my guess is that they’ll blow it off. If Magpul is bluffing and ends up staying in Colorado, it’ll be the biggest face palm ever.

Jackalope on March 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Well, as far as climate/weather goes, Wyoming isn’t any different for them. Magpul is in northern (just north of Denver) Colorado, so Cheyenne Wyoming is nearly identical in all environmental aspects.

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Some are suggesting PA, but if I were Magpul I’d rule out any state that voted for Obama in 2012.

Keep in mind, PA is basically a bunch of red counties sandwiched between Philly and Pittsburgh. The state government is majority Republican with a Republican governor.

CurtZHP on March 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Say, for any of these gun manufacturing companies that may be relocating, would it make sense to relocate along the southern border?

Maybe they could help beef up border security somehow.

BuckeyeSam on March 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Can one of you guys from Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, or ohter state represent your state and make ME an offer to move out of Colorado????

Come to S. Dakota! You are welcome anytime. Just have to support the constitution and bill of rights is all. We’re also unabashed Big Gulp drinkers so that’s a perk.

LetsBfrank on March 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I wonder how long before blue states start imposing bank account “haircuts” (as in the Great Cyprus Bank Robbery) on people and businesses leaving the state.

Of course with interest rates near zero there really isn’t any reason for people to keep money in banks anyway…

The Magpul example is why democrats concentrate on control in DC. If things like gun control and taxes and regulations stay at the STATE level, people can just flee to other states (as Californians have fled to Colorado and ruined it).

This is the reason why all communist countries set up barbed wire fences with inward facing machine guns to keep people in. You can’t have a “worker’s paradise” if people are able to leave that hell.

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

IMHO, going to the reddest of states will be the best long term decision. Of course those purple states are going to give big incentives but will they be worth a second move in a few years?

jukin3 on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

dentarthurdent on March 19, 2013 at 11:42 AM

El Paso county is on my list but it’s only as red as its sheriff…

Marketa is great but they are all in the DEMS sites now and this state is bought and paid for by Bloomberg and Soros. Unless there is a great awakening (and future elections) it’s not looking good.

katy on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

IMHO, going to the reddest of states will be the best long term decision. Of course those purple states are going to give big incentives but will they be worth a second move in a few years?

jukin3 on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

The Red States are the part of America that will survive the meltdown, simply for the reason that they are fiscally sound AND have populations that don’t vote for Looters.

Not only should any business that wishes to survive should relocate there, so should any conservative who lives in a blue or purple state!

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I want this trend to continue across all industries. Imagine the rout if job producing industries relocated en masse into Red States? Couple that with conservatives withdrawing their patronage of liberal supporting industries (GE, Hollywood, etc.) and the implosion in DC would be spectacular. Faster please!

/end cloward & piven gambit

roy_batty on March 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Well, stay the hell away from Florida. After the last election cycle coupled with Charlie Crisp running again, we’re officially too stupid to stay conservative for much longer.

Lanceman on March 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Well, stay the hell away from Florida. After the last election cycle coupled with Charlie Crisp running again, we’re officially too stupid to stay conservative for much longer.

Lanceman on March 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Time to get out a giant saw and cut Florida away from the United States. Let it float to Cuba.

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

That hand/gun photo would get a kindergartener expelled, Ed.

Maybe you should just use a picture of a picture of a picture of a gun. Kind of like a gun twice removed. Think that’s safe enough?

LetsBfrank on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I want this trend to continue across all industries. Imagine the rout if job producing industries relocated en masse into Red States? Couple that with conservatives withdrawing their patronage of liberal supporting industries (GE, Hollywood, etc.) and the implosion in DC would be spectacular. Faster please!

/end cloward & piven gambit

roy_batty on March 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Red states are the only places where industry is growing now. It’s eventually going to be the only part of the country where it remains.

Not only is living in blue states not viable (unless you are of the Obamaphone demographic), neither is having a business there.

Simply put, the blue states are transitioning away from (if not already there) from productive centers (remember how great opportunity was in California as recently as 20 years ago?) into parasite colonies.

That’s why they are going broke.

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Wy is constitutional carry. Good fit for magpul’s stance on the 2nd.

Besides I need a job since the co I was working for declared bankruptcy and let us all go this weekend.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM

The Red States are the part of America that will survive the meltdown,

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Makers vs. Takers

roy_batty on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Time to get out a giant saw and cut Florida away from the United States. Let it float to Cuba.

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Along with all of those disgusting, non-indigenous constrictors in the Everglades.

It nauseates me that those things are taking over the Everglades.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

That hand/gun photo would get a kindergartener expelled, Ed.

Maybe you should just use a picture of a picture of a picture of a gun. Kind of like a gun twice removed. Think that’s safe enough?

LetsBfrank on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Or depict guns using an image of the so-called “prophet” mohammed (maybe holding a gun?). You’d probably offend our enemies less.

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The Red States are the part of America that will survive the meltdown,

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Makers vs. Takers

roy_batty on March 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Until the left starts putting up walls (which they will ultimately try to do) this is what will happen.

Makers living anywhere that has a majority population of Takers (I prefer the Ayn Rand term Looters) exists in a virtual state of slavery under the tyranny of the majority. Makers will either leave or ultimately be converted INTO a Taker by the force of social inertia alone.

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Time to get out a giant saw and cut Florida away from the United States. Let it float to Cuba.

wildcat72 on March 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Too bad the Cubans seem to be the smartest among us. You’d see a ton of Cubans running north and grabbing the edge of Georgia before we floated away.

Lanceman on March 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Hickenlooper can start signing welfare checks just after he signs that law.

GarandFan on March 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Does the friggin Supreme Court even know how to spell INFRINGED?

I guess 7-rounds doesn’t (infringe) but 6-rounds would, huh?

Why is it that civilian police in NY get to carry Glock-17′s to protect themselves but civilians can’t… just sayin.

RedManBlueState on March 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I am willing to bet that when Magpul moves they will go to a Right To Work state!

Old Dog on March 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I’d suggest Texas (and Yall best hurry up before we start building all the border fences that will soon be needed)

Katfish on March 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Coors Beer still in Colorado?

pilamaye on March 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I’d suggest Texas (and Yall best hurry up before we start building all the border fences that will soon be needed)

Katfish on March 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

You sort of get the impression a lot of businesses are going to be moving to Texas pretty soon?

pilamaye on March 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

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