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Colorado Gun Bill Signed- Magpul to Leave

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed three firearm-related bills , including restrictions that would limit magazine capacity, require checks on private sales, and tack on background check fees. The signing marks the culmination of a controversial push for gun control in the state.

Colorado’s frontier history and love of gun culture made it an unlikely site for gun restrictions to take root, even as similar proposals surfaced elsewhere in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Both supporters and opponents of gun control across the nation watched the struggle in Colorado closely; the Centennial State has become a testing ground for future legislation in moderate states.

According to the Associated Press, Governor Hickenlooper was greeted by applause from a large crowd during the signing. In attendance were lawmakers who sponsored the bills and victims of the Aurora and Connecticut mass shootings.

“I am happy the governor is signing common-sense legislation that reduces gun violence in our communities by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic violence offenders and the seriously mentally ill,” said Democratic Representative Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora).

The reaction from gun owners and a majority of Colorado Republicans have been overwhelmingly negative. A number of firearm product manufacturers and law enforcement also oppose the gun bills, and showed up at the Capitol to testify against them not too long ago. The Denver Post reports that Colorado Senate Republicans have draped a New York flag over the door to the minority office in protest. New York enacted arguably the nation’s strictest gun control laws earlier this year and remains a lightning rod for debate. Politicians that oppose the signing vowed that there will be consequences for the lawmakers who sponsored the bills come election time.

Opponents argue that these bills will do nothing to lower crime, but instead infringe on Second Amendment rights. Some also worry that the wording in the high capacity magazine ban (HB 1224) will eventually make all lowered-capacity magazines illegal due to “readily convertible” parts.

Magazine and gun accessory manufacturer Magpul had previously announced that it will uproot from its Colorado location should the magazine ban be passed. On the eve of the signing, the company stood by its promise with a release on its facebook page that said, “[Should HB 1224 be signed] 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.”

Magpul has not yet finalized all the details for its move and is now considering potential sites for a future company headquarters. At the time of this article, the facebook post had garnered over 22,000 likes and 6,000 comments.

Governor Hickenlooper’s office has been transformed into a hive of activity over the polarizing gun bills. In the meantime, Hickenlooper’s popularity is rising rapidly among those who support gun control.

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  • magpul please come to arkansas our govenor may not be much but our legislature knows which side their bread is buttered on

  • Magpul come to Florida. I’d love to work for you guys

  • They can come over here in Michigan. I bet our Governor Rick Snyder will set it all up. Just make the call.

  • Always wanted to visit Colorado…Not any more!

    • 1776

      I just scrubbed it from my want to visit places

    • parkerglp

      It was a beautiful state until the Californians flooded here! They screwed up their state, and now want to pass the same laws here!!! What a bunch of fools!!! I wish they would all go home. As for Chickenlicker, he is nothing but a socialist just like Obama. Makes me sick when he does his commercials in his blue jeans and boots and acts like he is one of us natives!

      • Rattlerjake

        Same thing happened to Washington state when microsoft moved there and the californians made a mad dash there to work. Not much different than the destruction that the trash from New York and Jersey have caused to Florida.

      • Conservativesniper

        It’s not just Californians. One of the reps. behind this stupidity, is a native Coloradoan. The numbskull who said, ‘that’s why we have the whistles, the safe zones, blah, blah, blah…

        • parkerglp

          True! We have socialist native Coloradans also. Look at the Salazars!! That is why Obama appointed Ken Salazar…he will sell his state down the river by stealing public lands for the government, shutting down oil production…nothing he won’t do!

  • Jimjohn

    Come to North Carolina, all Republican House, Senate and Governor. The welcome mat is out!

    • Rattlerjake

      Absolutely, and we welcome gun makers and ammo manufacturers. Our legislature is Pro-Gun!

    • justamused

      Just like here in colorado (and our trolls from cali and illinois) you folks will have the trolls from the peoples republic of maryland invading SOON!

  • In NE

    I am sure Wyo or Ne or most other surrounding states will take you. It isn’t Colorado in general just the liberals in Denver Boulder metro area. Remember where the hippies came from!!!!!!

  • TheLiberalEater

    COLORADO IS OFF MY VACATION LIST..

  • Gary B.

    NO LONGER will I support ANY business in the state of Colorado, NOR will I ever visit this state again! All the money I’ve spent in past years in that state will be spent in a state that does support our 2nd Amendment rights. Hey, Dems in CO., that means NO MORE tax monies on hunting, skiing, or visiting trips to your idiotic minded liberal idiot run state! Tax those that don’t/won’t work some more to make up your budgets!! See how that works!!

  • Spence

    They passed a bill to legalize pot but passed legislation to potentially ban guns? Holy crap!! This legislation does nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals…who the hell are they kidding? Bunch of pansy asses…i guess they always have their pot to make up for the business that they will loose!!

    • And they want to repeal the law against adultery and the death penalty. Go figure

    • parkerglp

      No, Chickenlicker will just add another $50 to our vehicle plates and call it a fee, because it won’t pass the Tabor Act. Also, all the stimulus money for roads etc. were stolen by Denver…not a dime to the rest of the state!!

    • Conservativesniper

      Take away the guns, keep them doped up and enslavement is assured.

  • As a very embarrassed and outraged citizen of CO, I am appauled at how this was signed.The govenor quoted statistics but I never heard from where. It quoted majority polls in favorite of these bills. Again…no one has named those polls. I darn sure wasn’t asked. Since this has been shoved down my throat, I will go to another state to make my cash purchases and become a criminal as well. They are making me into a common criminal just to maintain my right. I don’t blame the boycott against CO. If and when I get a chance to leave my native state, I will!!!

  • I love Colorado,… I just don’t like the People, anymore. How are us gun owning, freedom loving people suppose to turn this around?? The “Progressives” have been working on this crap for over 200 years. Is it going to take US another 200 to turn it back around? I worry about my 17 year old daughter. I don’t like the America that she’s got to deal with.

    • jgeorgia2000

      I am so glad that I will be gone before our country finally turns into a despot run third world country. But Imy heart achs that my children and grandkids will have to endure the pain and suffering!

      • UCLAstudent

        In a despot run third world country, guns are not regulated you nincompoop!!!

        • UCLAstudent, no they’re not bacause they don’t have guns any more to defend them seves you MORON

    • parkerglp

      The Coloradans are good people. It is the liberal commie Californians that moved here that are ruining the state!!! Most of the farm and ranch people, hunters etc. hate Chickenlicker and his socialist congress!!!

    • Whackajig

      Guns have a particular use, and sometimes they can be the tool that helps turn things around, in CO and nationally.

  • SickoftheBS

    They passed the gun laws hoping Obama would keep DEA out of Colorado’s Marijuana Business. The Governor probably has a big field close to harvest.

  • I hope Magpul comes to Texas!!!!!!!!

  • It was probably a corrupt vote which put those anti-American tyrants in office all over our nation.

  • Bruce

    I’ve always loved visiting Colorado… I now hope to NEVER even cross their border again, and will not under ANY circumstances spend a penny of my money there or with any company based in that suburb of california.

  • Tpatriot

    It’s unfortunate that the urban liberals are committed
    to ruining the entire state of Colorado.

  • I wanted to move to Colorado Springs, but not anymore. I wanted to get out of the heat of AZ, but I’m going to keep looking for a cooler place to live. ..Maybe Utah? I’m still keeping my sights open for Freedom and Pro-Gun places to live.

  • People keep electing these fools based on what they say, not what they do. The facts are no longer important Just show up in an nice suit and tell them what they want to hear, and they will vote for anybody…

  • What in heaven is wrong with these people. They have been suckered into a Marxist trap. I guess that the large influx of Californicators has brought this on. Everyone in conservative states everywhere needs to be on guard for the infiltration of traitors from progressive states.

  • The POS is from Pennsylvania, not a native, same scum as Bloomberg.

  • sorry to the good gun people of colarado I will not buy any items that are manufactered in this state any more that means miller coors and any other items. sorry but I cannot support any state that does this like new york also and probibly connecticut where unfortunutly I live, but not for long if they decide to do this also. connecticut state is already bad enough. boycot all that fail to protect the 2nd admendment.

  • MOMULE

    Remember what the Democrats do you if you are a gun owner. Punished you instead of the criminals.

  • MOMULE

    REMEMBER WHAT THE DEMOCRAPS DID TO YOUR STATE.
    Gun Control, Legalized Marijuana, Gay Marriage, Coming next you can marry your dog.