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Young Republican group tries to recruit company

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A Colorado firearm accessories manufacturer is being recruited by a Republican group and several local officials to locate in the Tampa area.

Magpul recently announced its decision to move after new gun legislation limiting magazine rounds passed in Colorado, opening the door for other locations to court the company.

The Tampa Bay Young Republicans sent Magpul a letter saying it wanted to "take full advantage of this opportunity by highlighting our own philosophical similarities to Magpul, but also to formally invite you to visit our beautiful city and experience all that Tampa has to offer."

The push to recruit Magpul started when membership and event chair Lacey Wickline contacted the company as a potential sponsor for an upcoming TBYR event.

"I said, ‘While I've got you on the phone, have you talked to anybody from Tampa? I hear you're making a move. We'd love to be considered as your new home."

Wickline said the Magpul representative told her the company was speaking to officials from Florida and that Tampa was on the company's radar.

Magpul did not return calls seeking comment on Monday. A spokeswoman for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation said it does not comment on companies that may or may not be actively considering a move to the area.

The letter sent to Magpul late last month promotes Tampa for its lack of a state income tax and its proximity to beaches and MacDill Air Force Base. It also points to Tampa's experience hosting conferences and the 2012 Republican National Convention.

The letter is also signed by Ken Hagan, chair of the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners, State Rep. James Grant (R-Tampa) and State Rep. Dana Young (R-Tampa).

 In a statement, Young said she is supportive of "any legitimate business that is interested in moving their operations to our state. A large business like Magpul would bring hundreds of jobs to our state, and job creation is our number one priority."

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