Magpul Industries, a gun accessories manufacturer, thumbed its nose at the Colorado legislature that banned one of the company’s most popular items — 30-round magazines — by giving thousands of them away two days before the law goes into effect.
The event, billed as the “Freedom Festival,” drew in an estimated 5,000 Second Amendment advocates, who were able to pick up some 20,000 magazines — 1,500 for free, the remainder at discounted prices. As of July 1, magazines are limited to 15 rounds, according to The Washington Times.
“We’ve come to stock up on our PMAGs, but we’re also here to send a loud, friggin’ clear message to the politicians of this state: Colorado belongs to us and not to [New York Mayor] Michael Bloomberg,” said Kelly Maher, spokeswoman for Free Colorado, which organized the festival.
In addition to the 15-round magazine limit, Colorado expanded background checks for private sales and transfers — even temporary ones — and are requiring that the purchaser or transferee foot the bill for the check.
Fifty-five of the state’s 62 county sheriff’s joined in filing a lawsuit in federal court against the implementation of the new gun laws, claiming that they “severely restrict citizens’ rights to own, use, manufacture, sell, or transfer firearms and firearms accessories,” according to NBC News.
Several of the sheriffs were on hand to speak to the crowd.
“Since they’re not enforceable, I will not enforce them,” said Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, according to The Daily Caller.
“I’m not going to go after the single mom who’s living with herself with her children who needs more than 15 rounds to protect her children,” he told the crowd. “These laws will do nothing to enhance public safety.”
Syndicated talk radio host and frequent Fox and CNN commentator Dana Loesch was the keynote speaker at the event, and arrived in style on the Magpul Industries helicopter, along with the magazines.
“I didn’t realize that you all were rolling in cash money over here in Colorado that the state Legislature could just run off perfectly good business,” Loesch said, in reference to Magpul’s promise to leave Colorado if the new gun laws are implemented.. “They [legislators] are not the elite, they are the elect, and they can be unelected and recalled.”
For both Coloradans and Magpul, the event was “a farewell to arms.” The citizens of Colorado have lost some of their gun rights on July 1, and Magpul will be pulling up stakes for greener pastures.
Watch the following video from Denver CBS-2 News.
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