Earlier this month, firearms accessories manufacturer Magpul Industries moved their magazine manufacturing operation out of Colorado, a pledge made after the state passed new gun control laws in March. Now, Magpul has filed a lawsuit to overturn Colorado’s extreme gun control measures.
Magpul makes one of the most popular magazines for the AR-15 platform – the PMag, a lightweight, extremely durable, polymer magazine, according to GunsSaveLives.com. They are looking to move the remainder of their business as soon as possible, but not without the last word.
Magpul released the announcement of their lawsuit Friday on their Facebook page, which said that they have joined 53 Colorado County Sheriffs, and other plaintiffs, in their effort. Filed in U.S. District Court, the lawsuit says that Colorado House Bill 1224 (magazine restrictions) and House Bill 1229 (universal background checks), passed by the Colorado legislature and enacted by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, violate the constitutional rights of lawful gun owners who reside in Colorado.
“Colorado’s recently passed gun control laws are a direct assault on the constitutional rights of the responsible people who live in and visit this great state. These laws will do nothing to enhance public safety and only place unreasonable limitations on the ability of law abiding citizens to defend themselves,” Duane Liptak, Director of Product Management and Marketing for Magpul Industries, said. “While Magpul is currently in the process of moving its operations out of Colorado, we will not turn our back on our native state. Extreme gun control interests have forced the passage of these unconstitutional laws in Colorado, and as a company, we are resolved to restore those rights to the people.”
“Colorado’s gun control laws are in direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution,” Jon Anderson, of Holland & Hart LLP, Magpul’s legal counsel said. “In addition, these bills were so poorly drafted that no one agrees on the scope of the government regulation. If teams of lawyers cannot agree on what these bills prohibit, how can we expect citizens to abide by these laws and how can we rely on law enforcement to implement these laws in a consistent manner?”
Magpul stated they will continue to support efforts “to FREE COLORADO from government regulations that imperil the rights of law abiding firearm owners.”
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