While the Colorado economy may reach new “highs” as a result of legal marijuana sales, the state will also lose 200 jobs and other revenue because one of the country’s largest makers of gun magazines is pulling up stakes and moving its operations to Wyoming and Texas.
According to an Associated Press story via the Huffington Post,
Erie, Colorado-based Magpul Industries announced Thursday that it was moving its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne and its headquarters to Texas, making good on a vow it made to leave Colorado during last year’s gun control debate. “Moving operations to locations that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,” Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick said in a statement.
Magpul follows HiViz Shooting Systems, another Colorado gun industry company that moved to Wyoming after Colorado’s new gun laws were enacted.
As AP reports,
It was the Democrat-led Colorado Legislature and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper that enacted a new law last year prohibiting the sale of gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. This was part of a package of legislation in response to mass shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.
The laws drew praise from gun control activists but sparked furor from gun rights advocates. The laws resulted in the successful recall of two Democratic state senators — one being the Senate President — and the resignation of a third.
It is of course the typical liberal progressive overreaction to seek any means necessary to infringe upon the Second Amendment which expressly states, “the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Now the second order effect of this overreaction is Colorado’s loss of a manufacturing base and associated jobs. But in the flawed reasoning of those liberal progressives in Colorado, they probably believe they’ll make up the revenue and jobs lost because of the burgeoning pot industry.
But you have to wonder, what is more dangerous, a law-abiding citizen with a 30-round magazine or someone stoned out of their mind driving a car? And by the way, since it’s legal to smoke pot out in Colorado, there are no measurable limits or penalties as there are for DUI. I guess someone causing an accident while high could be fined for bad driving, but that’s little comfort for the victim. Welcome, America, to the insidious reasoning of progressive socialists. For the record, I support decriminalization of marijuana, but not legalization.
Just remember one thing, folks. Colorado was a nice conservative red state until all those Californians moved there, bringing with them their support of failed liberal policies. Migration can be a bear.