Ousted gun controller demands company’s Sandy Hook apology

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A Colorado Democrat who was thrown out of office for supporting gun control sniped at a local gun parts manufacturer this week.

It was revealed Monday that Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza used Magpul Industries ammunition magazines while massacring children and teachers in Newtown, Conn. last year. Former Colorado Senate President John Morse lashed out at the company.

“Saw Newtown report. Can someone point me to Magpul’s apology to the victim’s [sic] families?” Morse tweeted Monday.

Morse was recalled in September along with fellow Democrat and former Sen. Angela Giron for their support of Colorado’s new control laws.

One of those laws bans the sale, purchase or transfer of magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. Magpul, based in Erie, Colo., manufactures 30 round magazines called PMAGs. The company says it plans to move out of Colorado because of the law. It has also joined a lawsuit, led by almost all of Colorado’s elected sheriffs, to overturn it. The company also held a “Farewell to Arms” rally in the days before the new law took effect in which it gave away 1,500 PMAGs.

A 44-page report about the Sandy Hook massacre released yesterday by the Connecticut State Attorney said that Lanza used a .223 Bushmaster rifle in killing 26 people in the school, including 20 first-grade children. Lanza took his own life with a pistol.

“Two empty PMAG 30 magazines that were duct-taped together in a tactical configuration and one live 5.56 mm round were found near the rifle,” the report read, also noting there was a PMAG in the magazine well of the rifle with 14 rounds remaining.

Morse’s tweet drew quick fire from those who oppose the magazine limit.

“It’s astounding that you are accusing @Magpul_HQ of a crime they clearly didn’t commit,” one person wrote.

Americans for Prosperity Colorado tweeted, “Thanks, John, for reminding us of why recalling you was the right thing for your constituents to do.”

Democratic Sen. Evie Hudak is also facing a recall attempt for her support of the new laws.

A recent Quinnipiac poll showed that support for the magazine limit is split, with 49 percent of Coloradans in favor and 48 percent opposed.

Morse announced last week that he will head a new political committee which aims to promote new gun control legislation.

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