Florida Tea parties invite gunmakers to move south


Citing a business-friendly climate, low corporate tax rates and balmy weather, the Florida Tea Party Alliance (FLAlliance) has invited Magpul and other firms within the firearms industry to relocate to the Gunshine State.

Magpul, which began in 1999 by making plastic base plates for AR mags so they were easier to pull  from an ammo pouch, (Mag-Pull) and now makes nearly everything a tactical shooter would want, including a high-impact case for an iPhone 5, is based in Colorado.

The firm has put Colorado state lawmakers on notice that if anti-gun legislation is signed into law, they will move their entire operation and three parts suppliers out of the state. Four anti-gun bills, including a 15-round magazine restriction, passed the Colorado house earlier this week.

Texas, South Carolina and Idaho are also trying to woo the multi-million dollar firm.

Paula Helpon, a member of the Gainesville Tea Party and board member of Florida Alliance,  said in addition to Magpul, the Tea party coalition invited Alford Manufacturing, a gun part firm in Colorado, and Remington Arms, which is located in New York.

“There are plans to invite more,” she said. “We believe they would be very good for our state, and generate money into our economy.”



A Tea Party Coalition, Working for Individual Freedom

February 20, 2013

Mr. Richard Fitzpatrick
Chief Executive Officer
Magpul Industries Corp.
400 Young Court, Unit #1
Erie, CO 80516

Dear Mr. Fitzpatrick:

We have been following the story regarding the restrictive gun control measures rapidly winding their way through the Colorado Legislature and the possibility of your relocating MagPul Industries.

We, the undersigned staunch supporters of the Second Amendment, represent grassroots groups across the State of Florida and we would like to extend you an invitation to relocate your business to the Sunshine State.

Our beautiful state is very business friendly thanks to  the stewardship of Governor Rick Scott.

Please consider the following inducements, as well as our beautiful weather,  in considering Florida in your future plans:

Florida is a right to work state.
Florida has no state income tax.
Florida boasts a competitive corporate tax rate.
Florida has a large workforce eager for new opportunities.

We take great pride in our state and hope you will seriously consider Florida in your relocation plans

For further information regarding the business climate in Florida, please explore the Enterprise Florida website.

Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to read our letter.

Sincerely yours,


Paula Helton, Gainesville Tea Party
Pat Wayman, Venice 912 Project
Pete Franco, South Pinellas 912
Paula Schaff, Punta Gorda Tea Party
Kathy Gibson, Eastern Orlando Tea Party
Alan Berkelhammer, Gainesville Tea Party
Maureen Arrigale, Nature Coast 912 Groups
Tim Curtis, Tampa 912 Project
Barbara Knick, Brevard 912
Leanne King, First Coast Tea Party
Don Forward, Titusville Patriots
Bill Landes, Chairman, Florida Minutemen Org.
Tina Woode, Sanford/Lake Mary 912 Project
Carole McManus, First Coast Tea Party
Sharon Calvert, Tampa Tea Party
Clyde Fabretti, West Orlando Tea Party
Kimberly Kelley, Tampa 912
Nancy Meinhardt, Miami 912 Project
Kim Irvine, Tampa 912, Pasco CO Chapter


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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