Magpul Industries, the manufacturer of 30-round ammunition magazines that will soon be illegal to buy, sell or give away in Colorado, announced on Monday the sale of limited edition mags stamped with either “Free Colorado” or “Boulder Airlift,” with the proceeds to benefit a legal effort to overturn the capacity limiting law.
A few hours later, the company announced that the magazines were sold out.
“Well … that was quick,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “We are currently sold out of both versions of the magazine.”
“Thanks for your support,” the post continued. “These magazines will directly help our continuing efforts to reverse the CO legislation, and the intent is that we will get a decision that will help matters in other states with similar infringements.”
Magpul, based in Boulder County, is finalizing plans to move out of Colorado because of the new law, which bans magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition, or which can be converted to hold more.
An announcement about the new location is expected soon.
For months, the company has sponsored a campaign called the Boulder Airlift in which Colorado residents can buy 30-round magazines, called PMAGs, directly from the company before the law goes into effect in July.
People who own such magazines before the deadline may keep them, but they cannot sell or transfer them to others.
A group of Colorado sheriffs is spearheading a legal challenge to the law, which was filed last month in federal court. Magpul is one of about two-dozen plaintiffs.
The company was founded in 1999 and until Colorado began debating a slate of gun control legislation earlier this year, it was relatively unknown outside the shooting industry. Now it has become an icon of how divisive the new laws are in Colorado and elsewhere.
Its Facebook page has a quarter of a million “likes” and every post the company makes is shared and commented on by hundreds of people, many of whom offer support to the company for standing up for the Second Amendment.
Magpul employs about 200 people and says it contributes about $85 million to the state economy.
The company sold its limited edition magazines for $65 for a pack of five. The company did not post how many were sold or how much money was raised, but said that it plans another run of the specially stamped magazines in the future.
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