Outdoor Channel Cancels Filming in Colorado & Hunters Boycott the State; Magpul Still Poised to Leave
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The state of Colorado may end up taking a pretty big hit after passing new gun control legislation.
Magazine and AR15 accessory maker Magpul is already in the process of moving their operations to another state. Several of their sub-contractors are expected to do the same. This will take hundreds, if not thousands of jobs out of CO and remove several million dollars of economic impact from the state.
The Outdoor Channel recently announced they would no longer use Colorado as a filming location and were pulling current filming operations in the state. This could have a negative economic impact in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“You are crazy to come to Colorado,” said Mr. Bane, executive producer of the Outdoor Channel, on his Wednesday talk show on Down Range Radio. “It’s not worth the risk. Spend your money where your culture is. Colorado doesn’t want you here.”
Hunters from across the country are sending letters to Colorado lawmakers telling them they are canceling annual hunting trips to the state. Trips which help keep Colorado’s tourist industry healthy.
The impact probably won’t send Colorado into bankruptcy any time soon, but hunting guides and tourist services in small towns will certainly feel the imapct.
“Small mountain towns and rural towns in this state are going to lose a lot of money because you’re not going to see the number of out-of-state hunters coming here. Other states are going to see a growth,” said Jeff Lepp, owner of Specialty Sports, a gun and hunting shop in Colorado Springs.
It’s clear that Colorado’s new laws will certainly cost the state at least several million dollars in the short term.
Personally, we encourage anyone scheduling a hunting trip to do so to a state other than Colorado, take photos of all receipts for hotels, meals, hunting licenses, guide fees, etc and send them to The Colorado Tourism Office and the governor. We also encourage Colorado residents not to buy a CO hunting license this year. Do your hunting out of state and send photos of the out of state license to your representatives.