I would like to see what you guys think about the legislation slated for Colorado, affecting one of the most recognizable names in the rifle world, Magpul.
Colorado House Bill 1224: Makes illegal to trade, sell, or own magazines with more than a 10 round capacity. It also requires the magazines to have serial number, date of manufacture, and more information (to the discretion of the CBI) on it. The most problematic part of the bill is that the manufacture of these magazines cannot be for out of state sale. It passed though the House Judiciary Committee (CO) yesterday.
Magpul has stated that this bill will cripple their business, and will cause them to have to cease manufacture of standard 30 round magazines 1 July, 2013. They have also mentioned having to relocate the company.
Magpul is one of the largest manufacturers of Magazines, grips, handguards, stocks, and other accessories for primarily the AR-15. PMAGs as their magazines are known , are the benchmark for durable, quality 30 round mags. Magpul is not a huge company, and employ around 200 employees, keep hundreds more employed through supplier companies, and generate millions of dollars in taxes for the state of Colorado.
The only way this kind of nonsense can be stopped is for companies like Magpul to relocate. Here in Illinois we are facing the same kind of garbage. I hope that many other companies will take the example of Olympic Arms and refuse to sell to entities in states that do this. If they would stick together and states like New York and now, Colorado cannot buy guns or ammunition for their police, then they will stop this kind of foolishness.
It was originally 10 but amended to 15 earlier this week. Thanks for bringing that up. I am hoping that the (D) lawmakers will eventually give up because of the economic ramifications. According to the Denver Post, it could cost the state 85 Million. Common sense, statistical data, and facts don't seem to concern those guys, but hopefully money will.