One Upstate lawmaker is making a push to bring a big gun manufacturer to South Carolina, after the company threatened to leave its headquarters in Colorado.
Magpul Industries, based in Erie, CO, concentrates on selling bullet magazines for high-powered rifles. Their most popular magazine, which accounts for half of its sales, is a 30-round magazine designed for AR-15, M-4, and M-16 firearms.
But if some Colorado lawmakers have their way, the sale or possession of those magazines could be outlawed in that state.
And Rep. Jeff Duncan, of Laurens, said he sees this as an opportunity.
"All I'm saying is you won't find a better environment than South Carolina," Duncan said. "We would love to have you."
Duncan has written a letter to Magpul saying they should consider a move to South Carolina.
It might sound like a political ploy, but it's not far-fetched.
Lawmakers in Colorado opposed to the legislation said, "You may be well intentioned with this legislation, however, the loophole that exists is in the heart of man."
"There's a tremendous economic impact on the local communities," said Duncan. "It's not just the businesses themselves, it's all the support business."
Magpul's economic impact to the state of Colorado is expected to be $85 million this year. The company employs around 200 people, with 400 more as suppliers and subcontractors.
Duncan said if Colorado doesn't want that, then Magpul should come to a place that needs the jobs and the money - and is already quite friendly to the firearm industry.
"We already have Fabricate Nationale in Columbia," said Duncan. "They make firearms there. We got firearm manufacturers in South Carolina. We've got plastic injector and other companies like Magpul makes, so we'd love to have them anywhere in the state."
FOX Carolina reached out to Magpul tonight for a comment on the letter. So far, our calls have not been returned.
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Friday, May 24 2013 4:38 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:38:10 GMT
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