Magpul industries, a leader in the firearm accessories market, fired a parting shot at Colorado today, handing out over 1,500 30-round magazines to citizens during a FreeColorade.org festival on June 30th. Starting July 1st it will be illegal in Colorado to purchase magazines with a capacity over 15-rounds. The new law has been a political hot point lately, bringing several recall petitions from gun groups. There are now two state senators facing recall elections, Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, for their roles in passing gun control legislation.
“Pueblo Freedom and Rights received word from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office that 12,648 of our collected signatures have been verified!” According to a statement released on the groups website.
Magpul industries has decided to move to a new state because of the recent legislation. With them they take over 200 jobs, and $85 million in revenue, along with several other businesses and suppliers. While Magpul has not released what state they are moving too, they did released the following statement on June 27th:
YES, we are still leaving CO. Our senior executive team is in negotiations today in yet another unnamed state on that very topic. Remember folks, we’re moving the whole Magpul organization and a large handful of our biggest suppliers are coming with us, so there are a LOT of things to hash out. We’re getting down to the brass tacks, and we hope to be able to make a public announcement soon. – Magpul Industries via Facebook
In another act of defiance against states working to ban so called “high-capacity magazines” that hold 30-rounds, Magpul has also announced the release of their “Safe Capacity” magazines that hold 40-rounds. “This new “safe capacity” offering is ideally suited for those who may need to respond to multiple threats without extra rifle magazines carried on their person, or for military members looking for an extra margin of safety in high-tempo operations.” according to a statement regarding 40-round magazines.
The event today is being held by Free Colorado, a non-profit working to defend the 2nd amendment. The magazines were donated to the event, and will be given out to the first 1500 ticket holders to arrive. The event is called the “farewell to arms freedom festival” eluding to June 30th as being the last day that the people of Colorado are free citizen, not under the rule of gun control supporters.
Many have commented this is a perfect parting shot at Colorado because of the comments that Rep. Diane DeGette made about magazines being decreased dramatically as people shoot them. The gaffe made national headlines, prompting many in the gun rights community to question politicians motives, and actual knowledge of the topic.