A Colorado manufacturer of high-capacity ammunition magazines stepped into the raging debate over gun control by throwing down an ultimatum: If state lawmakers pass a bill restricting the size of magazines, the business will move elsewhere.
Magpul Industries has firmly planted itself against state Democrats who are looking to tighten control over firearms after mass shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and another at a Connecticut elementary school.
It's a highly visible step for a company that has flown under the radar, admits Magpul's founder and chief executive, Richard Fitzpatrick.
"The people who wrote the bill didn't even know we existed in the state," he told the Associated Press.
Fitzpatrick, a former Marine who founded the company in 1999, also said Magpul would stop selling gun magazines to law enforcement officials until a system could be implemented where officers must swear to uphold the U.S. Constitution -- "specifically the 2nd and 14th amendments -- as it applies to all citizens."