Gun parts manufacturer HiViz Shooting Systems is uprooting its Fort Collins, Colo., factory and plans to relocate to Laramie, Wyo., after Colorado passed new, strict gun measures earlier this year.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill in March banning ammunition magazines holding more than 15 rounds and requiring background checks for private and online gun sales.
"Colorado is a beautiful state with great people, but we cannot in clear conscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base," wrote HiViz president and CEO Philip Howe on Facebook.
Firearms and ammunition manufacturer Magpul Industries in Erie announced they would have “no choice” but to leave Colorado if the bill was signed, and they immediately began receiving invites from representatives in Texas, West Virginia, Alabama, and Alaska to relocate to their low-regulation states.
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HiViz is the first gun maker to announce where they would be relocating. Wyoming was considered an ideal move because of gun-friendly legislation and tax advantages. Laramie is just two hours from HiViz’s current location and many existing employees will be able to commute.
“The decision to relocate the company was difficult, and choosing the proper location was essential to our continued growth within the industry,” said Howe in a press release. “We look forward to settling into our new home in the firearm friendly state of Wyoming.”
Magpul is expected to announce their relocation at the National Rifle Association meeting in Houston this weekend. The 200-person company has been wooed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry since they announced the moving of their headquarters.