This afternoon, U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman sent a letter to Richard Fitzpatrick, the Founder and CEO of Magpul Industries Corp., asking the gun parts manufacturer to consider relocating to Indiana. After the Colorado state legislature passed legislation which would restrict the company's products, Stutzman told Magpul that an "anti-gun agenda is an anti-job agenda" and encouraged the company to consider Indiana's pro-growth environment.
The entirety of the letter is included below:
Dear Mr. Fitzpatrick,
I am writing you today to invite you to consider relocating Magpul to Indiana. Like you, I was disappointed to learn the Colorado legislature passed (and Governor Hickenlooper may soon sign) HB 1224, which would impose unnecessary requirements and ineffective prohibitions on the products you manufacture.
I was struck by the testimony of your Chief Operating Officer, Doug Smith, and in particular by his concerns about the affect of Colorado's new policies on your company's bottom line and thus the livelihoods of your employees. In short, an anti-gun agenda is an anti-job agenda. I share your commitment to the Second Amendment and applaud the courage of your convictions.
Hoosiers would proudly welcome Magpul's operation with a noticeably different tone and more competitive tax and regulatory structure than what you may soon be forced to manage in Colorado. These factors have driven some of our biggest employers (like Chrysler, which just created 1,250 new jobs in our state) to grow in Indiana instead of states where high tax burdens and local policies make doing business extremely burdensome. In Indiana, we treat our manufacturers respectfully and do not take Constitutional infringement lightly - Hoosiers revere the Second Amendment.
Indiana's government, from the state legislature to the Governor, is focused on job creation and is well-prepared to streamline the relocation process for you. In particular, Northeast Indiana offers a low-cost, strategic location for manufacturers like you and the Hoosier workforce is well-equipped to meet your needs. That's why my district is home to everything from General Motors and Vera Bradley to the leading manufacturers of orthopedic devices and RVs.
I commend Magpul's vocal opposition to these heavy-handed policies and demonstrated dedication to free enterprise. I hope that you will consider the great state of Indiana as you decide on a new home. Governor Mike Pence and Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, are copied here and stand ready to assist. Please call me at (202) 225-4436 if you have questions or would like to schedule a visit.
Congressman Stutzman is the founding chairman of the Republican Study Committee's newly created 2nd Amendment Initiative.
On March 5, 2013, Stutzman sent a letter to Beretta USA, asking the gun maker to consider relocating their U.S. headquarters from Maryland to Indiana.
Stutzman is the author of H.R. 578, the Respecting States' Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013, which would ensure that individuals who legally carry a concealed weapon in their home state may also carry in any other state that allows concealed carry.