Magpul Industries, the Erie-based ammunition magazine maker that pledged to leave Colorado after gun control legislation was signed into law in March, is for the first time manufacturing its weapons accessories out of state.
The company revealed the news in a Facebook reply late Monday night to a customer who expressed frustration with the lack of information about where Magpul planned to move its operations.
"You have lots of people interested in this, might as well satisfy the masses and come out with it already," Daniel Wooldridge wrote.
This morning, the company provided a little more detail about what it was doing in a second reply to Wooldridge's query. It specifically referenced the manufacture of its PMAG ammunition magazines, which, according to its website, can hold 10 to 30 rounds.
"We have started making PMAGs outside CO for the first time ever," the posting reads. "The sights are made outside CO. We are actively moving forward with moving other items out."
Magpul said it would reveal more about its operations, which could include information about a new headquarters location, after the National Rifle Association's annual meeting and exhibition in Houston this weekend.
Magpul made headlines earlier this year when it said it would pull out of Colorado if a bill banning the sale of magazines with 15 rounds or higher in the state became law. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill, along with two other gun control measures, into law on March 20.
The company said at the time it would start moving out of its headquarters building at 400 Young Court in Erie and begin manufacturing magazines again within 30 days.
Magpul had planned an announcement about its future a couple of weeks ago, but wrote on its Facebook page that the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings "make this a poor time for that."
Magpul employs more than 200 people. ___