ERIE, Colo. — Magpul Industries, a leading firearms accessories maker, will relocate its extensive manufacturing facilities to Texas and Wyoming in response to the Colorado legislature’s enactment of sweeping gun control legislation last year, the company announced Thursday.With the passage and signing of Colorado House Bill HB 1224 by governor Hickenlooper, it became illegal to own, possess, or transfer magazines with capacities larger than 10 rounds. This puts manufacturers like Magpul, which is headquartered in Erie, Colorado, but stamps their stuff "Made in Boulder", in a bind--they make stuff that is illegal where they make it. Now Magpul is joining Kahr, Remington, Beretta, Sturm Ruger, and other companies that presently manufacture firearms or accessories in blue states, in leaving those states and seeking more friendly 2A climes elsewhere. In Magpul's case, that means going to somewheres in Texas and to Cheyenne. In other words, a no-brainer, given the contrast between Colorado and Wyoming, the latter being a state where one doesn't even need a permit to carry concealed.
At the same time, the company plans to maintain a toehold in Colorado to continue to fight the gun control bills passed by the Democrat-dominated General Assembly and signed in March by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat.
“Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,” said Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick, who started the privately held company in 1999 from the basement of his home in Longmont, Colo. “This relocation will also improve business operations and logistics as we utilize the strengths of Texas and Wyoming in our expansion.”
The cost to Colorado’s economy, according to the company: $85 million in local economic activity and up to 400 supply-chain jobs.
Magpul officials plan to split the company’s corporate and manufacturing arms, which are now in Erie, Colo. The corporate headquarters will relocate to Texas, and a site-selection committee has narrowed the destination to three places in the state’s north-central region.
Meanwhile, Magpul’s manufacturing and distribution facility will move about 80 miles north to Cheyenne, Wyo.
So: Wyoming, a land of low taxes and high personal freedom, nets about 200 high-paying manufacturing jobs, (a big deal in a state with less than 400,000 residents), and Texas gains a few as well.