Erie-based Magpul set to leave Colorado after magazine-limits bill signed into law

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | James Aguilar |
There are no moving trucks pulled up to the door, no lines of employees exiting with boxes of personal effects, no real estate brokers with clipboards doing initial building inspections at this quiet industrial park on Young Court.

Activity at Magpul, the largest manufacturer of ammunition magazines in Colorado, appears about as normal this morning as it probably does most mornings.

But that industrious calm likely will change soon, after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law this morning a series of gun control measures – most notably HB 1224, which limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds or less.

Magpul, which has its offices and manufacturing facilities in a nondescript building at 400 Young Court in Erie, warned lawmakers last month that it would leave Colorado if the magazine-limits bill became law. The company said it would be hypocritical for it to remain in a state where it could no longer sell high-capacity magazines to gun owners.

Magpul declined repeated requests for comment this morning, but posted on its Facebook page that its move out of state will start “almost immediately” after HB 1224 becomes law and that “we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first.”


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