States set sights on Colorado firearms business; gun-control bills scorned

by Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times  |  published on February 23, 2013

In one sign of the price states may pay for restricting gun rights, more than a dozen states are jostling to land a Colorado firearms company that has vowed to leave the state if the governor signs into law tough gun-control legislation.

Elected officials from Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia have written letters to Magpul Industries inviting the company to make their states its relocation destination. Meanwhile, individuals from at least 10 states have launched social media campaigns on Facebook to lure the Erie, Colo.-based company.

“We are a state whose people are committed to Second Amendment rights. You can be assured that the Alabama Legislature would never seriously consider any legislation that would jeopardize your company and your workers,” Alabama Agriculture Secretary John McMillan said in a letter dated Tuesday.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, South Carolina Republican, emphasized in a letter Tuesday that, “In South Carolina, we believe in the right to keep and bear arms.

“At a time when our government is consistently thwarting the ability of individuals to own businesses, voluntarily trade goods and services, and grow our economy, South Carolina is committed to writing a different story,” Mr. Duncan said.

The entreaties come just a few days after Richard Fitzpatrick, founder and president of the 10-year-old company, announced that Magpul would relocate if a Colorado bill banning ammunition clips holding more than 15 rounds, or what he called “standard-capacity magazines,” becomes law.

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