With just two weeks to go before sales of high capacity magazines will be illegal in Colorado, Magpul Industries released a 40-round version of its popular PMAG magazine, offering a limited supply to Colorado customers hoping to beat the deadline.
“[T]he PMAG 40 provides 10 more rounds of capacity before requiring a reload — which could be a lifesaving difference,” the company wrote on its Facebook page. “This new ‘safe capacity’ offering is ideally suited for those who may need to respond to multiple threats without extra rifle magazines carried on their person, or for military members looking for an extra margin of safety in high-tempo operations.”
In the comments section, Magpul, which is located in Boulder County, reiterated its intention to move out of Colorado in response to several new gun control laws, including the ban on magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. The new laws go into effect on July 1.
“[W]e are leaving,” the company wrote, “working on some final negotiations now before we can announce the first of the new locations!”
The company notes that the 40-round magazine wasn’t developed in response to the new law, but has been in development since 2010.
The new law makes it illegal to buy, sell or possess magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds, or which can be readily converted to hold more. People who own the newly outlawed magazines before July 1 can keep them.
The magazine ban and a new law requiring universal background checks are the subject of a lawsuit being led by most of Colorado’s elected county sheriffs.
The new laws have also been the impetus for two efforts to recall Democratic state senators and calls for hunters to boycott the state. They’ve are among the reasons several eastern counties are hoping to secede and form their own state.
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