- The Washington Times - Friday, June 28, 2013

The gun accessories maker Magpul Industries Corp. is giving out 1,500 empty 20- and 30-round magazines at a “Farewell to Arms” festival to mark the company’s departure from Colorado, in protest of the state’s recent legislative clampdown on Second Amendment freedoms.

Colorado recently passed new bans on magazines and expanded background checks on gun buyers. Magpul, a magazines and gun-accessory company located in Colorado, said the new laws will kill its business and in March, announced intent to move shop.

As a farewell of sorts, the company is holding a festival this Saturday — and as part of the event, will give away free magazines to the first 1,500 attendees who are over the age of 18, The Blaze reported.

“Just to clarify, it seems many of the local news outlets are billing us as an ‘ammunition’ company and saying that we will be giving out free ammo. This is incorrect,” the company said, in a statement on its Facebook page. “We build magazines and accessories, and it is empty 20 and 30 round magazines that will be for sale and also given away for the first 1,500.”

Magpul has also expanded its operations to include firearms design.

The company employs 200 and generates an estimated $85 million to the state’s economy, The Blaze reported.

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The new state gun laws are set to take effect July 1, but they’re not retroactive — so recipients of Magpul’s magazine giveaway won’t be in violation and may keep any banned gun items that were purchased before July 1.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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