Magpul leaves a parting gift in Colorado after ban: 1,500 free 30-round magazines

posted at 8:01 pm on June 29, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

The people shall have their mags before the ban is enacted and Magpul pulls out of town:

As a final protest of Colorado’s new high-capacity magazine ban going into effect on Monday, Magpul Industries is giving away 1,500 30-round magazines on Saturday during an event the company calls “Farewell to Arms.”

They will be given away on a first-come first-served basis at Infinity Park in Glendale, near Denver.

The magazine ban is one of several new gun-control laws going into effect July 1, including universal background checks for all firearms transfers, requirements for gun buyers to pay for those checks, and other measures.

Dana Loesch is coming in via chopper to do the drop of the free mags, and proceeds from mag sales outside the giveaway will go to recall elections and fighting gun-control legislation. Our friend Kelly Maher is MCing the event, which also features bands and other speakers:

The event marks Coloradans’ last chance to celebrate the ability to own standard capacity magazines prior to new Colorado laws taking effect on July 1st. Political commentator Dana Loesch, keynote for the event, will arrive on the “Colorado Airlift”, a magazine-dropping helicopter scheduled to land at the event.

“Coloradans need our help right now,” said Dana Loesch. “I also wanted to fist-bump Magpul. They don’t just make and sell products, they’ve gone all-in with this fight. They’ve filed suit and are fighting on behalf of all Americans to preserve our Second Amendment civil liberties.”

“We are all coming together to celebrate the choice to defend ourselves,” said Kelly Maher, Free Colorado spokesperson and event MC. “Men and women are going to pour into Infinity Park to seize their last chance to buy standard capacity magazines before the Democrat gun laws go into effect.”

And, for any liberals lacking in basic gun knowledge—ahem, Rep. Diana Degette— no, mags are not ammunition.

Magpul manufactures and sells ammunition accessories. It is part of federal suit over recently passed gun-control legislation in Colorado, but has promised to leave the state regardless of its outcome.

“Just to clarify, we are still moving, regardless of the outcome of this legal action,” said a Friday post on the company’s Facebook page. “That train has left the station, and we are well into the selection and negotiation process as well as arranging many elements to be prepared to launch and already moving some production out of state.”

The lawsuit challenges two bills signed in March by Gov. John Hickenlooper: House Bill 1224, which restricts ammunition-magazine capacity to 15 rounds or fewer, and House Bill 1229, which requires background checks on all gun sales and transfers, including temporary transfers.

“This isn’t good public policy. These are really awful bills,” said Weld County Sheriff John Cooke at a Friday press conference. “They are unenforceable and encourage disrespect for the law, which puts both law enforcement and the public in greater danger.”

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God damn all the tyrants, the world over.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Hey good on them. Complying with the law as written and shoving a big “Shut the Front Door” shout out at the Colorado government on the way out of the State.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Magpul leaves a parting gift in Colorado after ban: 1,500 free 30-round magazines

Split them up and send 750 to Chicago and 750 to New York City, and watch the liberal heads explode.

Rovin on June 29, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Chicago develops a set of brains and cojones.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

In the meanwhile the bush people are smarter than AlGore (as in AlJezeera), obama, and all the other tyrants of the so-called free world. This is incredibly impactful and under-reported.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Dana Loesch is coming in via chopper to do the drop of the free mags, and

WKRP style?

batterup on June 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

They should put a bow on one and make David Gregory gets it.

Oldnuke on June 29, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I love these people.

JellyToast on June 29, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Dana Loesch is coming in via chopper to do the drop of the free mags, and

WKRP style?

batterup on June 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Only if we get a vote on where they drop.

CW on June 29, 2013 at 8:15 PM

They should put a bow on one and make sure David Gregory gets it.

Oldnuke on June 29, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Dang! I hate getting old.

Oldnuke on June 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

We would have love to have gone to the event, but my husband crushed his foot at work last week so we’re home bound for a while. However, we took full advantage of Magpul’s Colorado offers and have a nice collection of 30-round and 40-round mags between all of us. We even have some of the special Boulder Airlift mags.

We’re so very sad and angry at what the left has done to our state. The gun control laws are only some of the egregious changes during the past year. More regulation, more spending, and much higher taxes. They passed a $1 billion tax hike that needs the approval of voters this fall. We’re hoping that there are enough real Coloradans left to vote it down. Chickenlooper is hiding out trying to play both sides of the fence while having his campaign push support for the tax hike.

We’re giving things until 2013 to turn around but have started seriously looking at homes in Wyoming. I fear there are just too many people here from elsewhere (NY, CA, etc.) to make a difference.

Common Sense on June 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

WKRP style?

batterup on June 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

As God as my witness, I thought those magazines could fly.

Flange on June 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

God damn all the tyrants, the world over.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 8:05 PM

..we are starting to be a world leader again!

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

..we are starting to be a world leader again!

KOOLAID2 on June 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Look who’s smarter than the ‘free world leaders’, incredibly.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 8:27 PM

there must be iron behind a free man’s word, else he’s not free

outlaw josey wales “ten bears” scene

derit on June 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

MAGPUL will continue to be a greatly successful company IN SPITE of the Colorado people who put in place legislatures without properly vetting them first. I wish them the best in another state. Hopefully TX where I live :)

You guys in CO better vote with your feet and move out of CO, un-elect/recall/boot or otherwise FIRE these fools, or you deserve more of the same.

TX-96 on June 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Hopefully freedom-loving people like Magpul will continue to migrate to friendly red states while all rent-seeking parasites move to collectivist blue state wastelands. It’ll make the eventual split a lot cleaner.

crrr6 on June 29, 2013 at 8:31 PM

We’re giving things until 2013 to turn around but have started seriously looking at homes in Wyoming. I fear there are just too many people here from elsewhere (NY, CA, etc.) to make a difference.

Common Sense on June 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Luckily my wife picked up a job here in Kentucky so we got to move from Connecticut. We were living there and it was sickening when they passed all of the new gun laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings. The new laws they passed would not have changed one single thing about that shooting, but they rammed them through anyways. Idiots.

CT taxes (especially property taxes) were killing us. Here in KY our property taxes are less than 1/4 what we were paying there. And our Navy retirements are not taxed like they were in CT.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM

“A man with a rifle is a citizen. A man without one is a subject.”

Henry Clay.

TKindred on June 29, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Magpul mags are the best!

I wish I could have gone and bought some mags!

KMC1 on June 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Man you gotta love it, Dana Loesch and free magpul magazines. If anyone gets any extras I could use a few.

DDay on June 29, 2013 at 8:41 PM

It will be interesting to see how colorado newspapers cover this event. I’ll be checking out Denver Post and Fort Collins Coloradoan online tomorrow.

Jackalope on June 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

As I say, just another day in the life of the republic: a corrupt bureaucracy dispensing federal gravy to favored clients; a pseudo-legislature passing bills unread by the people’s representatives and uncomprehended by the men who claim to have written them; and a co-regency of jurists torturing an 18th-century document in order to justify what other countries are at least honest enough to recognize as an unprecedented novelty. Whether or not, per Scalia, we should “condemn” the United States Constitution, it might be time to put the poor wee thing out of its misery.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Also, Dana Loesch is phenomenal.

Jackalope on June 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

They are unenforceable and encourage disrespect for the law

Gee, you think?

Oh, sure, the law is a turkey and definitely needs to be repealed/thrown out–but this all starts by not complying with the law to begin with. If I want a 30 round mag, I’ll just head up to Cheyenne or something.

Seriously, STOP COMPLYING with Democrat laws (e.g. Obamacare et al). They don’t count. I know that wouldn’t hold up in a court by any means, but they can’t prosecute us all.

Andy in Colorado on June 29, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I also can’t believe John Hickenlooper has the unmitigated gall to say that Coloradans support this. Well, I can actually. But everyone I talk to, and I interact with quite a few people in my job, despise what the Democrats did with this. I guess we should have done the whole “mob” filibuster like what happened in Texas. Gee, I wonder what side the media would have come down on in that case.

Andy in Colorado on June 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

So proud to have Magpul in Wyo…I know there were complications in the move re. commercial leases, tax incentives for the move, etc, but glad it worked out. By moving just across the state line, the employees will have a longer commute, but will still have their jobs. Hopefully, there weren’t too many employees commuting from the south to begin with.

Jackalope on June 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Seriously, STOP COMPLYING with Democrat laws (e.g. Obamacare et al). They don’t count. I know that wouldn’t hold up in a court by any means, but they can’t prosecute us all.

Andy in Colorado on June 29, 2013 at 8:45 PM

If they can’t deport 20 million illegals, then they can’t do squat to 100 million people who refuse to cooperate on anything.

Flange on June 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Budgeted quite a few bucks this year for new magazines for all our ranch-protection rifles, almost all ARs and a few HKs — when you’re close to the border, you don’t ride around with a deer rifle and a shotgun. Guess who’s about to get our order.

Go Magpull, you magnificent bastards!

TXUS on June 29, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Flange on June 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Problem is, they don’t want to deport 20 million illegal aliens.

OTOH, they DO want to control the rest of us; so making examples out of a few hundred or thousands of real Americans might not bother them too much.

Solaratov on June 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Problem is, they don’t want to deport 20 million illegal aliens.

OTOH, they DO want to control the rest of us; so making examples out of a few hundred or thousands of real Americans might not bother them too much.

Solaratov on June 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

there could be a slight problem with making an example of a few hundred or thousand of real Americans … they havn’t disarmed all of us ….
actions have consequences ….

conservative tarheel on June 29, 2013 at 9:23 PM

And the Dummcrats will respond “But…but…but we HAD to DO SOMETHING!

Never mind that what they did would not have stopped several of the previous mass shootings.

GarandFan on June 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

You guys in CO better vote with your feet and move out of CO, un-elect/recall/boot or otherwise FIRE these fools, or you deserve more of the same.

TX-96 on June 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

It’s not “You guys in CO” who put these idiots in charge. We already had ‘The People’s Republic of Boulder’ idiots…and you should SEE the number of California license plates here.

You see…Apparently all the liberals in California thought, “well..we screwed THIS State up so bad, we don’t want to live here anymore…maybe we should try some other State.” Guess where they landed?

a5minmajor on June 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Common Sense on June 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Have for many years kept a place near Vail, for the skiing in Winter and as an escape (from Texas heat) in the Summer. When CO did what it did on gun control this year, I sold it to a nice, retired Oregon couple at a sweet profit. I refuse to pay taxes or set my feet in a state that’s gone batshit crazy, as CO has done.

No longer will they have a dollar or a dime of my money.

TXUS on June 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Chicago develops a set of brains and cojones.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Are they becoming a may issue state or a shall issue state? Because if may issue they may as well keep their current laws.

NotCoach on June 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Hopefully freedom-loving people like Magpul will continue to migrate to friendly red states while all rent-seeking parasites move to collectivist blue state wastelands.

We need borders around those collectivist blue states to keep those rent-subsidized, obamaphone wanting, parasites from getting out and ruining our friendly, freedom loving, red states.

TulsAmerican on June 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

so making examples out of a few hundred or thousands of real Americans might not bother them too much.

Solaratov on June 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

But not millions. Especially not 10′s of millions. And certainly not 1/3 of the country.

Flange on June 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

So proud to have Magpul in Wyo…I know there were complications in the move re. commercial leases, tax incentives for the move, etc, but glad it worked out. By moving just across the state line, the employees will have a longer commute, but will still have their jobs. Hopefully, there weren’t too many employees commuting from the south to begin with.

Jackalope on June 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I messed that up…HiViz is moving from Fort Collins to Laramie, WY not Magpul.

Jackalope on June 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

there could be a slight problem with making an example of a few hundred or thousand of real Americans … they havn’t disarmed all of us ….
actions have consequences ….

conservative tarheel on June 29, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Well, you know, except… they haven’t yet. If the IRS persecuted a couple thousand people, took their homes, put them in prison… you think Americans would *then* take up arms? Or… more likely, be even more cowed into submission than they already are?

Midas on June 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

aw…. I LOVED the 30 round mags…. the M-16/M-203 I was issued just didn’t look right with a puny 20 round type..

Back when the M-16 still didn’t have an A1 A2 A3 on it yet… not Air Force issue anyway. No forward bolt assist either.. We were actually first to get the M-16.. back when General Curtis LeMay was SAC commanding General, he was a huge supporter of the weapon, so the Air Force bought the first production run.. triangular forehand grips, some still had the three prong flash suppressor..

I did my years in the early 80′s.. SAC still had that original lot. Still mad I missed the Marksmanship ribbon because I and the guy next to me, put five rounds each into the target of a squadmate who nearly washed out because of poor marksmanship.. two more in the ten ring, and I would have got it.

aw well… he made it in, and did improve as we worked with him. Did qualify expert with the M-60 on the specialist course. No ribbon for that though…. sigh…

but free mags….?

oooohhhhh…. mmmmmmm… free mags!

mark81150 on June 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

So on 4/20 we had the dope smokers rally and it ended in gunshots and people injured. Today we had 2nd amendment rally and people had weapons, but no gunfire and no one injured. Guns are bad!!

I wish I was there.

tommer74 on June 30, 2013 at 12:12 AM

If they can’t deport 20 million illegals, then they can’t do squat to 100 million people who refuse to cooperate on anything.

Flange on June 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

As a benign example, I cite the 55 MPH speed limit. That law alone did more to turn the bulk of American citizens into lawbreakers than anything since prohibition.

AZfederalist on June 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM

In the meanwhile the bush people are smarter than AlGore (as in AlJezeera), obama, and all the other tyrants of the so-called free world. This is incredibly impactful and under-reported.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Thanks for the link; that was encouraging!

AesopFan on June 30, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Just got home after a week in Co. Springs. That state is sooo effed up!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2013 at 1:07 AM

I’m not sure it matters in the long run (except losing the business itself, which does matter.

The magazine ban as passed is doomed as soon as it is enforceable and therefore gives someone standing to sue.

It states it bans any magazine that holds over 15 or is “designed to readily accept” more than 15. All Magazines have a removable base-plate, so all magazines could theoretically have an extension added allowing more than 15.

To determine if a magazine is legal under the law you must determine the intent of the designer… two identical magazines, physically similar in every way might in fact be legal and illegal respective based on the determined intent of the designer?

This is unworkable, unsupportable, and unenforceable as legislation. I can’t imagine a judge being willing to unilaterally decide the absolute intent of the designer of a piece of metal.

The legislation won’t stand a court challenge,it’ll just screw things up until someone has standing to challenge it… which the Sheriffs in Colorado have already stated.

gekkobear on June 30, 2013 at 2:36 AM

Last Stand.

Nope.
Parting Shot.

ROCnPhilly on June 30, 2013 at 3:53 AM

Probably too late, but 1,776 magazines would have been a great number of them to hand out.

smoothsailing on June 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Liberals don’t like magazines–unless they’re chuck full of porno…

Don L on June 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I’m on the western slope of Colorado, and I’m not leaving. We will resist the destroyers of liberty in Denver/Boulder.

I’m starting to understand how conservatives must feel in blue states.

Hell, I’m starting to udnerstand how the Indians felt….

Meremortal on June 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

We’re giving things until 2013 to turn around but have started seriously looking at homes in Wyoming. I fear there are just too many people here from elsewhere (NY, CA, etc.) to make a difference.

Common Sense on June 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

We looked at the Springs as a place to settle in 2007 but saw the demographic writing on the wall with the California invasion well underway. Colorado was no longer Colorado but instead Oakland East. We went elsewhere, a very wise decision. Look north…Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah are still America.

JIMV on June 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I live in NW Montana. There’s not law that anyone can make that we can’t ignore, so they make a lot less laws than most places.

claudius on June 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Claudious, I very much approve of that sentiment. Like Claude Rains in Casablanca, somewhat misquoted…’They make the laws, you ignore the laws. It is all very convenient’.

JIMV on June 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

If only Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Springfield would depart the anti-gun states they operate in, and do what Barrett did to CA. You ban us from your citizens, we ban your law enforcement from our products and services.

bartonbulletin on June 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

If only Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Springfield would depart the anti-gun states they operate in, and do what Barrett did to CA. You ban us from your citizens, we ban your law enforcement from our products and services.

bartonbulletin on June 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

They’re going to face these situations anyhow, why not save themselves some last-minute scrambling?

MelonCollie on June 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Didn’t make it to the Freedom festival yesterday, but I’ve got more than enough Magpul products anyway.
However, just got back down to Colo Springs from the last big gun show in Denver before the ban takes effect. Picked up a few more Glock33 round mags.
After seeing months of price-gouging ($30 and up, way up) at the shows, it was kind of funny to see how many people had huge stacks of 30 round mags that were not selling very fast even $10 to $12 each – on the last day before they became illegal.

dentarthurdent on June 30, 2013 at 10:05 PM