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Colorado gun owners get 1,500 free magazines ahead of state ban

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What do you do when your business is about to be threatened due the passage of a stringent new state-wide firearm law? If you’re one company from Colorado, apparently the answer is to unload your inventory.

A new law in Colorado officially banned the sale of high-capacity  automatic weapon magazines starting this Monday, outlawing stores  from selling clips that can hold more than 15-rounds at a time.  That was about to leave Erie, Colorado’s Magpul Industries in a  peculiar situation, but they made the most of it by giving away  hundreds of soon-to-be-outlawed magazines during a weekend event  in the town of Glendale.

On the eve of the law’s first day on the books, Magpul airlifted  thousands of high-capacity magazines to Glendale’s “A Farewell to  Arms” gun show and literally handed out around 1,500 clips to  attendees only hours before the ban went into effect.

You are in the Vatican of liberty, the Luxembourg of  freedom,” Glendale Mayor Mike Dunfon told the crowd at a  pro-gun rally that preceded the event, Matthew Patance wrote for  the Denver Post.

According to the Post, show goers formed a line over half-a-mile  long on Saturday with hopes of walking away with one Magpul’s  free 30-count magazines. When the complimentary clips were all  accounted for, the rest of Magpul’s loot that was soon to become  illegal was marketed at a discounted price of only $10 each and  sold to the masses.

The Post reported that Magpul donated in all roughly 20,000  magazines to the pre-show rally, which was hosted by the  nonprofit group Free Colorado that advocates for Second Amendment  protections. Proceeds from their sales went towards the  organization’s effort to recall two democratic members of the  State Senate.

These magazines are largely used for target practice and  hunting and for self-defense,” Free Colorado spokeswoman  Kelly Maher told a local CBS affiliate. “For the government to  step in and restrict the rights and freedoms of people it’s  onerous, it’s ridiculous.”

Although the sale of high-capacity clips became illegal on  Monday, the law is not retroactive and older magazines can still  be used if they’ve been already been purchased. Lawmakers in  Colorado hope nonetheless that the ban will lessen the odds of  seeing another event like the Aurora, CO movie theatre massacre  that left dozens injured last year. Accused shooter James Holmes  was equipped with high-capacity magazines at the time of the  tragedy.

Magpul previously threatened to pull their company out of  Colorado if the law went into effect, leaving what The Blaze has  reported as roughly 200 local employees out of work and as much  as $85 million missing from state revenue

I really applaud them for moving out because it’s really  going to affect state revenue,” Fred Bell, a 62-year-old  attendee at the gun show, told the Post.

In addition to the magazine ban, Colorado law now provides that  gun sellers due universal background checks. It has also struck  down a loophole that has previously allowed for residents to  prove they’re adequately trained to own a firearm through an  online course.

We allow people to obtain full, four-year college degrees  online. Why wouldn’t you be allowed to obtain the training for a  concealed carry weapons permit completely online?” Republican  Sen. Greg Brophy told the Associated Press in opposition to the  law.

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