When members of the Colorado state legislature began introducing a number of anti-gun bills, two firearm companies located in the state announced that they would leave if the bills were passed and signed into law. Those companies were Magpul and Alfred Manufacturing.
The anti-gun laws were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper a Democrat. As promised, Magpul soon announced that they were leaving the state. Generating nearly $100 million in sales a year, Magpul COO Doug Smith stated:
“If we’re able to stay in Colorado and manufacture a product, but law-abiding citizens of the state were unable to purchase the product, customers around the state and the nation would boycott us for remaining here. Staying here would hurt our business.”
I’ve haven’t heard if Alfred Manufacturing is keeping to their word and leaving Colorado, but another firearm related company is. HiViz Shooting Systems specializes in sights, recoil pads and other accessories for firearms. They opened their doors in Fort Collins in 1996, but are preparing to close those doors in Colorado reopen them in another state.
“I make this announcement with mixed emotions. Colorado is a beautiful state with great people, but we cannot in clear conscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base.”
HiViz has not announced where they will relocate to as yet, but did say that most of their employees will be moving with them.
I hope that a large number of companies, firearms related or not, leave the state over their infringement on the constitutional right to own and bear arms. Anyone doing business in the state will be paying taxes to the state and supporting their liberal agenda. The more companies that take those tax dollars away from Colorado, the more they may come to realize what they have done. It’s not just the taxes from the companies, but you also have the taxes from the employees that will be gone as well.
Most states can ill afford to see their revenue decrease, but decrease it will in Colorado. Not only are they starting to lose businesses, but they are also going to start losing a lot of dollars from the recreational industry as well. The Outdoor Channel has announced that they also will be leaving Colorado because of the anti-gun laws being passed. Currently they are producing four programs in the state, but that will be short lived. Not only are they pulling their business out of the state, they are no longer going to promote any outdoor recreation in the state. According to Michael Bane, Executive Producer and Host of the Outdoor Channel, he anticipates their withdrawing from the state will cost Colorado around $1 million a year in lost revenue.
Now the same thing needs to happen in other states pushing anti-gun legislation including, New York, Maryland and Connecticut. Every firearms related business in those states needs to pack up and move to states that will appreciate and protect their business. It seems the only way to get their attention these days is to hurt them financially, and if all of the firearm related companies left Connecticut, it would sure hurt them a lot.