Calling Stephen Moret, Calling Stephen Moret…

we’d alerted Louisiana Economic Development to this in a previous post

Speaking of jobs and the 2nd Amendment, somebody should get the word to Stephen Moret that he’s got a potential economic development win for the taking thanks to the stupidity of the gun-grabbing Democrats in Colorado…

Erie-based Magpul Industries has threatened to leave the state if lawmakers are successful in passing the sweeping gun-control package, which limits the number of rounds a magazine can hold, according to The Denver Post.

“If we’re able to stay in Colorado and manufacture a product, but law-abiding citizens of the state were unable to purchase the product, customers around the state and the nation would boycott us for remaining here,” Doug Smith, Magpul’s chief operating officer, told The Post.

The bill limits magazines to 15 rounds, with a more restrictive eight-round limit for shotguns. The bill makes an exception for magazines that people already have in their possession.

The legislation would require manufacturers to engrave magazines with serial numbers and dates — a requirement Smith believes is “burdensome and unnecessary,” The Post reported.

Magpul, which employs some 200 people directly and supports about 400 jobs through subcontractors, expects to contribute nearly $85 million to Colorado’s economy this year, according to The Post…

Magpul is threatening free agency thanks to a package of gun-grabbing bills, including one which limits magazines to only 15 rounds, which all passed in the Democrat-controlled Colorado House earlier today. And it’s a decent bet that they’ll make it out of the Democrat-controlled Senate as well. Democrat governor John Hickenlooper isn’t going to veto any of them if they make it to his desk.

If Colorado’s idiot Democrats want to run legitimate businesses out of their state by making criminals out of honest citizens, then by all means Louisiana should do whatever it can to profit by their stupidity. Moret needs to call on Magpul first thing tomorrow.

That was Feb. 18.

Today is March 19, and it’s go-time for Magpul in Colorado. From the company’s Facebook page

Apparently Gov Hickenlooper has announced that he will sign HB 1224 on Wednesday. We were asked for our reaction, and here is what we said:

We have said all along that based on the legal problems and uncertainties in the bill, as well as general principle, we will have no choice but to leave if the Governor signs this into law. We will start our transition out of the state almost immediately, and we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first. We expect the first PMAGs to be made outside CO within 30 days of the signing, with the rest to follow in phases. We will likely become a multi-state operation as a result of this move, and not all locations have been selected. We have made some initial contacts and evaluated a list of new potential locations for additional manufacturing and the new company headquarters, and we will begin talks with various state representatives in earnest if the Governor indeed signs this legislation. Although we are agile for a company of our size, it is still a significant footprint, and we will perform this move in a manner that is best for the company and our employees.

It is disappointing to us that money and a social agenda from outside the state have apparently penetrated the American West to control our legislature and Governor, but we feel confident that Colorado residents can still take the state back through recalls, ballot initiatives, and the 2014 election to undo these wrongs against responsible Citizens.

It might be too late to get Magpul down to Louisiana, but every effort needs to be made to land them…

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