Magpul Industries is now beginning to take heat from consumers over their lack of motivation to move out of Colorado. People continue today to post messages about their displeasure with the company. The messages and subsequent articles began coming to light the past Friday.
Richard Fitzpatrick, Founder, President, and CEO of Magpul Industries, said that regardless of any amendments that may be worked into the bill, he will no longer be able to continue to do business in Colorado if his core product is made illegal. "Our company could not, in good conscience, continue to manufacture our products in a state where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from purchasing and owning them. The passage of this bill will do nothing to enhance public safety, but will force us to immediately begin taking our business to another state.”
Many people have purchased Magpul products from their site in order to help out a company that was willing to stand up up for what they believed in, and take their company and tax dollars out of a state that restricts freedom. But following that announcement, the company has been mum on when and where they plan on moving too. Only telling consumers that they do plan to move.
Many consumers are now beginning to feel like they were duped by nothing more than a marketing ploy by Magpul. Having not announced when, or where they plan to move. One other Colorado company, Hi-Viz Sight Systems has already announced their move to Wyoming, and begun the process of moving their manufacturing over to a new facility in Laramie, Wyo. earlier this fall.
This message, posted by Tony Heaton shows the frustration that consumers are now facing "Magpul is still in Colorado. Yet another company that has lied to firearms owners. It's past time to stop purchasing their products. If we don't hold companies accountable, we are worthless!"
Magpul has been trying to counter the negative press they are getting by posting two form messages in response to messages posted to their wall.
We initially wanted to keep our customers as informed as possible about this move, but being so public was working counter to getting things done in the best interest of the business and our employees. We have been quietly working on this, and we are still, indeed, moving. Our timeline for announcing to the public will be after we have worked through everything with our plans for the new locations and with our employees, as they deserve to know things first. No public announcement will be made until that point. As much as we want to keep our loyal customers in the loop, you'll have to wait just a bit longer, but believe me, things are happening.
Another message posted reads,
From the very outset e have said just two things on the issue.
1. We ARE moving out of the State.
2. We are not going to get into any details on negotiations until a deal and location is finalized.
Remember it takes us over 6 months just to vet out a new vendor to produce a single product. We are talking about the move of 100s of people along with over a decade of established production/supply lines.
So we are still moving.
Several other companies have already begun the process of leaving other states as well. Ithaca Gun Company and PTR industries have announced that they will be moving to Horry County, South Carolina. Magpul began this movement, but appears to have stalled in it's efforts to many any announcements, or tell their consumers where and when they plan on leaving. Magpul was the first company to make the announcement that they would be leaving a state with unfriendly gun legislation, with many others across the country following suit.
Many customers are now vowing to stop buying Magpul products, Cory McNeal saying "When you move out of Colorado, I will purchase your products." To which Magpul replied "Deal."
Only time will tell if there will be any fallout from angry customers, but one thing in for certain. The longer that Magpul continues to be silent on the matter, the more fallout and damage control they will need to complete later on. Many people this column has talked to feel the same way. "If you cannot back up what you preach, then you do not deserve my hard earned money. There are plenty of companies out there that are willing to put their money where their mouth is and take a stand. At this point, Magpul is not one of them, and I will make sure that everyone out there I know in the shooting world knows that. They have duped us, plain and simple." Said Richard, a long time 3-gun match shooter.
It is possible that Magpul could quell much of this anger with simply releasing a list of places that they are looking at moving too. But it looks like remaining mum on the issue will only continue to anger consumers even further.