A gun-magazine company in Boulder, Colo., has announced a campaign based on the Berlin Airlift to help Coloradoans “trapped inside occupied territory” to purchase large-capacity magazines before the Legislature passes a series of gun-control bills next week.
Magpul Industries manufactures magazines and other gun accessories for private, law-enforcement and military use. WND recently reported on how the company may be forced to relocate if the Democrat-controlled Legislature moves forward with plans to ban high capacity magazines, which is one of the company’s key products.
Following the president’s lead on the firearms issue, Democrats in the House passed a series of gun-control bills that the Obama administration has said would help them pass similar measures in other states.
Vice President Joe Biden “said it would send a strong message to the rest of the country that a western state had passed gun-control bills,” Tony Exhum, a Democrat lawmaker from Colorado Springs, told the Denver Post.
The series of bills included:
H.B. 1224, which would bans all magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.
H.B. 1226 would prohibit those with concealed carry permits, including off-duty police officers and former military personnel, from bringing their weapons on college campuses.
H.B. 1228 would force residents to pay for exercising a constitutional right by making them pay for a background check to prove they are not criminals. There is no limit on the amount the Colorado Bureau of Investigation could charge for the background check.
H.B. 1229 bans the private sale and transfer of firearms and institutes universal background checks and/gun registration for all Colorado gun owners.
In addition to the four house bills, on Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee will also conduct hearings on two additional bills.
S.B. 195 prohibits citizens in Colorado from taking online concealed carry training courses.
S.B. 196, which bans “assault” weapons sales in the state.
With Democrats in charge of the governorship and both state houses, the measures are expected to pass.
In anticipation of the magazine ban, Magpul has announced a project it calls the “Boulder Airlift” in its latest newsletter. The company said the project imitates the Berlin Airlift, which flew in supplies to West Berlin after the Soviets prevented the city from getting needed provisions in the days following World War II.
“Similar to the Berlin Airlift, the Boulder Airlift will bring much-needed supplies to freedom-loving residents trapped inside occupied territory,” the letter said. “While we plan to initially use FedEx or UPS instead of aerial delivery, we figure that $5 flat rate shipping will make up for any loss of ‘style points.’”
It goes on to explain the company is permitting Colorado residents to create a special account to purchase magazines prior to the ban.
“If the pending state legislation limiting sales and transfers of standard capacity magazines does pass, we will not be the only ones affected; Colorado residents’ right to purchase and transfer standard capacity magazines will be infringed in the near future,” the newsletter said. “With that in mind, we are beginning a program to help as many residents of our home state as we can, while we still can. To meet this need, we have set up a process for CO residents to purchase limited quantities of magazines from our website.”
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