Colorado’s Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign a slate of new gun control laws on Wednesday. These laws are similar to those signed into law in New York State, including new limits on magazine sizes. Magpul firearms says that the ink won’t even be dry on Hickenlooper’s signature when they start packing up to leave the state.

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.

Gov. Hickenlooper is living proof that you can’t trust a Democrat. He ran for office by casting himself as an independent thinking Blue Dog, but has morphed into a full-on blue stater as NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg pushed money and lobbyists into Colorado to get the state to change its laws to suit his leftist nanny tendencies. Principle didn’t stand up long against money and a determined leftist.

Magpul is smart to diversify themselves across several states. Gun grabbers will now turn to inflicting themselves on other states, using Colorado as a model.