Colorado Killing Jobs One Ammunition Magazine Ban at a Time

Katie Pavlich

2/19/2013 1:40:00 PM - Katie Pavlich

Yesterday the Colorado House passed four gun control bills, one of which bans ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. Magpul Industries, a company that produces some of the highest quality ammunition magazines around, has threatened to leave the state and take hundreds of jobs with it if this legislation is passed by the Senate and signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper.

Formed in Colorado in 1999 by a former Marine, the successful Colorado company Magpul Industries employees over 200 people and offers over 500 polymer products.

But it’s one of their products that has garnered national attention, and controversy.

It’s the 30-round rifle magazine designed for the AR-15 and the military M4 and M16 rifles.

Famously or infamously known as the high capacity magazine.

It accounts for almost half of all sales at Magpul. “It’s the standard that’s used in our military as well as allied militaries. With state, federal and local law enforcement as well as hunters, recreational shooters, competitors and responsible citizens all over the united states,” says Duane Liptak, director of Magpul Dynamics in Erie, Colorado.

Magpul calls it the standard capacity magazine.

Colorado lawmakers want to call it illegal if House Bill 1224 passes and becomes law.

It would prohibit the sale, transfer or possession of rifle magazines holding more than 15 rounds.  If the bill indeed passes, it could spell the end of this 13-year-old Colorado company.

Magpul is urging its customers and supporters to contact their state senators about the legislation.


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