I wrote a story for Sunday’s paper about how Wyoming lawmakers are trying to lure Magpul Industries Corp., a gun accessories manufacturer that is threatening to leave Colorado if magazine legislation passes in that state, to move to the Cowboy State.
Rep. Bunky Loucks, R-Casper, called me today. He’s the link between the Wyoming Legislature and the gun accessories company.
Loucks wouldn’t tell me the name of the executive he is speaking with. He said they’ve talked five or six times by telephone and email.
“They seem to be interested in Wyoming because of the proximity,” Loucks said.
Loucks acknowledged that numerous states have reached out to Magpul, and there will be competition to get the company – assuming it moves.
“The bottom line for Wyoming is we need to diversify our economy away from just oil and gas and ag and tourism,” Loucks said. “And this is a manufacturer and our state lacks manufacture facilities.”
A little bit on Colorado House Bill 1224: It limits rounds in a magazine to 15. It’s passed the Democratic-controlled House. It is being discussed this week in Colorado Senate, and the Senate is looking at a separate bill that would make gun manufacturers and sellers liable for violence.
That’s according to the Denver Post, which also published a column by a writer with the headline: “Go ahead, Magpul. Move. Wyoming seems nice.”
Since I don’t know much about guns, Loucks explained that a magazine with 15 rounds isn't desirable. He shoots an AR-15 and magazines typically have 20 or 30 rounds. It’s a better value to buy magazines with 30. Some companies make magazines called drums that hold 100 rounds, but Loucks finds them big and heavy.
In touting the benefits of Wyoming to the Magpul executive, Loucks explained the hunting and fishing culture in the state.
"In one of my emails to them, trying to get the first communication going, I put a little sentence in there that said, Wyoming's a place where, you know, if I pull up to the intersection next to someone in a pickup truck and they've got a rifle in the back of it, I don't look at it being odd," Loucks said. "I look at it as being normal."
Will Magpul ultimately leave Colorado?