- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DENVER — Colorado gun owners stocking up on magazines before the state’s ammunition restrictions hit July 1 received an assist Monday from Magpul Industries.

Magpul announced that it would reserve a number of 40-round magazines for Colorado residents as part of its Boulder Airlift Program in response to the state legislature’s recently enacted firearms restrictions.

“Also, to beat the July 1st deadline for ownership in Colorado, a small portion of the first batch of PMAG 40s will be available from the Boulder Airlift Program for direct sale to CO residents, regardless of previous orders,” said Magpul in a Facebook post.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law in March three gun-control bills, including one that makes it illegal to buy or sell ammunition magazines that exceed 15 rounds or can be readily converted to hold more than 15 rounds.

At the same time, the bill allows gun owners who purchase their magazines before July 1 to keep them, a caveat that critics have said will make the law essentially unenforceable.

Magpul, based in Erie, Colo., announced that it will leave Colorado after the gun bills were approved. The company, which manufactures firearms accessories for the military, law enforcement and private use, employs 200 people and supports another 400 supply-chain jobs.

More than a dozen states are wooing the company, which has not yet announced where it will relocate.

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