Gun-Related Businesses Look to Leave Colorado in Face of Stricter Gun Control Laws


Atkinson said despite the bill's limitations, he understood the importance of growing his business. On April 25 he sent out a newsletter to customers announcing his company was expanding to Nebraska for hunting season, starting in September.

"If I tried to rely on the Colorado legislature to keep me in business, I'm just being stupid," he said. "So I'm going to Nebraska. I am just going to adapt."

Atkinson said he has made plans to shift 25 percent of his business to Nebraska, and has spent $35,000 to date leasing property in the state for hunting season.

"That's $35,000 not being spent in Colorado, and that's just the lease cost," he said. "The dollars that were spent in [Colorado] are just going to dwindle as this continues to progress."

He anticipates spending $90,000 on hunting season, which lasts from September to December.

Atkinson said it was a losing battle to maintain his business in Colorado, as the outdoor community's voice was stunted by the recent shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.

"Legislation-wise, the outdoor community has no voice in Washington, D.C., said Atkinson. "We didn't have a voice in our own state, even though we represent 80 percent of the nonresident dollars that comes into this state to purchase licenses for the state of Colorado. There was nothing we could do," he said.

"Colorado is a different color than it used to be," he said.

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