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Monday, March 4,2013

UPDATED: Magpul would move despite CEO's plan to open new restaurant in Boulder

By Steve Weishampel

UPDATE: Jamie Hanson says via email that Richard Fitzpatrick's "51 percent ownership of Merlot Burger LLC would in no way impact a move out of state for Magpul if this bill passes and Magpul will move."

Threats from Erie-based rifle accessories manufacturer Magpul Industries may face complications from Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick’s ownership interest in a Boulder restaurant in planning.

Magpul has threatened to move its manufacturing operation from the state — and has strengthened its threats against Colorado by, recently, saying it would only sell gun magazines to law enforcement officers who pledged an oath to uphold the Second and 14th Amendments — in reaction to potential gun control legislation being considered in the Colorado Legislature.

But the company’s plans clash with the fact that Magpul CEO Richard Fitzpatrick is the CEO, manager and majority owner of a burger restaurant, Merlot Burger, that recently applied for a new liquor license in Boulder.

Fitzpatrick is a 51-percent member of Merlot Burger LLC, which is opening a restaurant at Baseline Crossing, the upcoming development at Baseline and U.S. 36.

Jamie Hanson, a minority owner and the registered COO of Merlot Burger, confirmed that the Magpul CEO and Merlot Burger CEO are the same person. She said in an email that Fitzpatrick would not be available to talk to Boulder Weekly without talking first to Magpul’s public relations staff. By press time, he had not contacted BW. Hanson said Fitzpatrick was “not opposed to” speaking to BW.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

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