Opposition rising to Colorado gun control laws

(WASHINGTON TIMES) – DENVER – More than a year after pushing through through some of the toughest gun control measures in the country, Colorado Democrats are finding it harder than ever to get the state’s residents to get behind them.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday found that the strict new gun-control laws are losing support among voters.

The survey found that only 39 percent of Colorado voters favor the state’s hotly debated 2013 package of gun control measures, down from 43 percent support in Quinnipiac’s Feb. 5 poll.

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New Colorado gun laws prevent gun buy-back program

Try this one on for size: organizers for a planned gun buy-back program in Boulder, Colorado were forced to cancel the event at the request of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle because new state laws would have made it nearly impossible for the event to be lawful.

Strict new Colorado gun laws passed earlier in the year require all gun transfers to go through an FFL-licensed gun dealer.  Since Colorado’s FFL licensing system is not portable and cannot be used at this event, the transfer of weapons at the buy-back program would, therefore, be against this new law.

“The idea was to collect guns and then immediately hand them over to the Sheriff’s Office for destruction,” wrote a local NBC news affiliate, seemingly unaware that violent criminals intent on committing a crime with a firearm generally do not voluntarily give up their weapons for a small value gift card.  According to NBC, students involved with the event raised nearly $8,000 to fund the gift cards.

The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

Colorado Sheriff refuses to enforce state’s new gun laws

Article Highlights

  • CO requiring background checks for private sales, magazine limits
  • Sheriff considers new gun regulations to be false security
  • New state laws expected to be signed by Governor

Arguing that the state’s new controls on guns offer nothing but a false sense of security to state residents, Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said that he will not enforce any of the new regulations in his jurisdiction after they take effect.

“They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable,” the Sheriff told the Greeley Tribune.  “Criminals are still going to get their guns,” he added.

The Colorado state legislature passed several gun measures in the past weeks, including a 15-round magazine limit and a $10 background check for every firearm transfer, even if the transfer is person-to-person rather than a sale from a licensed gun shop.  The bill originally restricted magazine capacities to 10-rounds, but a last minute amendment to the bill upped the limit to 15.

Sheriff Cooke said he, and other sheriffs from the state, will not enforce the new gun regulations due to the difficulty of tracking gun owners (which, coincidentally becomes more and more difficult as gun regulations increase) and how little the new regulations will effect senseless gun crimes.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa told a group of residents in Colorado Springs last week that he, too, will not enforce the state’s new regulations.

Early March sees both good and bad in fight for gun freedom

5489298-revolver-that-is-starkly-lit-on-a-black-backgroundThe first week of March ushered in a variety of legislation that both threatens law-abiding citizens and their right to defend themselves and, in the case of Utah and some other states, offers a more promising future that cements the second amendment to state residents.  Here’s a look at some of the more positive developments.

Utah passes 2nd Amendment Preservation Act

In a 49 to 17 vote, the state of Utah passed a measure that nullifies all federal gun control legislation that would restrict a state resident’s right to keep and bear arms, including firearm registration and senseless limitations of weapon capabilities (ie: magazine limits).

Colorado representative may withdraw his own bill banning weapons on campuses

In a strange turn of events in one of the more recent states to pass restrictive controls on guns and their capabilities, Democrat Senator Rollie Heath is said to be prepared to abandon his own bill that would have banned the use of concealed weapons on state college campuses.   Others in the state legislature believe those reports to be rumors, but Republicans insist that even if the bill does go forward, it’ll be dead on arrival.

South Dakota passes law to allow teachers to carry guns into schools

State Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law this week a bill that gives school teachers the legal authority to carry weapons into class for protection.  Although some other states allow teachers to be armed, South Dakota becomes the first state to explicitly authorize teachers to keep loaded weapons in their classrooms.

Maine town toys with requiring gun ownership

The small 140-person town of Byron, Maine is considering a proposition that would require city residents to carry firearms for their protection, a measure that will be discussed at next week’s town hall meeting.  The measure is expected to pass.   Proponents of the measure believe that “enough is enough” and wants the state, and federal government, to quit micromanaging the small town and their self defense capabilities.

Challenges mount for New York’s new SAFE Act

A group of plaintiffs from around New York state have filed a lawsuit against the state’s new gun control laws that restrict a law-abiding resident’s right to self defense, arguing the law is far too broad and bans too many weapons, including common pump shotguns and any gun that holds more than 7 rounds of ammunition.  A state judge has taken the case and has required state lawmakers to show cause that the law does not violate the state Constitution.

Magpul to cater to Colorado residents after new gun restrictions

WmagAfter the passage of new laws in several states that restrict a law-abiding citizen’s right to purchase firearms to keep their families safe from crime, gun companies like Magpul are taking swift and principled action.  Magpul plans to move their headquarters away from Colorado in the coming months and cater to the needs of Colorado before new state restrictions are put in place.

According to a message released on their Facebook page, the manufacturer of gun accessories will sell Colorado residents up to 10 AR magazines a piece, charging customers a flat $5 shipping fee, and will allow those residents to bypass the current ordering queue.  “Before [new laws take effect], and Magpul is forced to leave the state in order to keep to our principles, we will be doing our best to get standard capacity PMAGs into the hands of any Colorado resident that wants them.”

“Our customers outside of Colorado,” the company noted, “please know that our PMAG production will continue at an ever-increasing rate until we do relocate, shipments to our distributors in other states will continue, and that we do not expect relocation to significantly impact PMAG production.”

Magpul’s headquarters at the moment is located in Boulder, Colorado – a western suburb of the state’s capital of Denver.  Magpul’s yearly sales contribute over $85 million to the Colorado state treasury every year.