Colorado Looks To Push Through Sweeping Gun Control Legislation

Several bills that look to infringe upon the people's rights to keep and bear arms are before the Colorado Assembly in 2013. Keep in mind that Colorado was a State that legalized marijuana in the last election cycle, but is apparently looking to make it difficult for gun owners.

At least five pieces of legislation have been introduced in Colorado. All are violations of the Second Amendment except one and all are sponsored by Democrats except one. The piece of legislation sponsored by the Republicans are to insure that the Federal government doesn't put its nose where it doesn't belong. Sadly, they are outnumbered in the legislature.

Bill: HB13-1224, sponsored by Senator M. Hodge (D) and House Sponsor R. Fields (D), which is titled Prohibiting Large-capacity Ammunition Magazines. The bill is summarized as follows:

The bill prohibits the sale, transfer, or possession of an ammunition feeding device that is capable of accepting, or that can be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition or more than 5 shotgun shells (large capacity magazine). A person may possess a large-capacity magazine if he or she owns the large-capacity magazine on the effective date of the bill and maintains continuous possession of the large-capacity magazine.

A person who sells, transfers, or possesses a large-capacity magazine in violation of the new provision commits a class 2 misdemeanor.

A large-capacity magazine that is manufactured in Colorado on or after the effective date of the bill must include a serial number and the date upon which the large-capacity magazine was manufactured or assembled. The serial number and date must be legibly and conspicuously engraved or cast upon the outer surface of the large-capacity magazine. The Colorado bureau of investigation may promulgate rules that may require a large-capacity magazine that is manufactured on or after the effective date of the bill to bear identifying information in addition to the serial number and date of assembly.

A person who manufactures a large-capacity magazine in Colorado in violation of the new provision commits a class 2 misdemeanor.

Please note that on your death, those magazines cannot be willed or given to an heir or friend. You must “…maintains continuous possession…” This means you may not sell it or transfer it to anyone in the State of Colorado. Of course they cannot prosecute a dead person, but if one of your heirs or friends takes possession of them, they will be guilty of a Class 2 Misdemeanor.

What happens if you come in from another state where the high capacity magazines are lawful? No doubt the judicial system will begin to cherry pick who they will and will not prosecute, sort of like what happened to David Gregory. The system has enough trouble without bringing honest, law abiding, citizens into the mix. “The right of the people to keep and bears arms, shall not be infringed.” That means they cannot infringe on anything related if you are a law-abiding citizen who have not lost those rights due to a felony conviction.

Then there is HB13-1226, titled No Concealed Carry At Colleges, which is sponsored by Senator R. Heath (D) and House Sponsor C. Levy (D). This bill claims,

Under current law, a person who possesses a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun (permit) may do so in all areas of the state, with certain exceptions. The bill creates a new exception stating that a permit does not authorize a permit holder to possess a concealed handgun:

  • In any building or structure, or any portion thereof, that is used by a public institution of higher education for any purpose;
  • In any stadium or arena that is used by a public institution of higher education to host events, including but not limited to athletic and extracurricular events and graduation ceremonies; or
  • At an outdoor, institution-sponsored event on the campus of the institution at which the chief administrator of the institution's campus, in consultation with the chief officer of the institution's campus safety agency, has elected to prohibit the carrying of firearms.

A permit holder who is employed or retained by contract by a public institution of higher education as a security officer may carry a concealed handgun onto the real property, or into any improvement erected thereon, of the public institution of higher education while the permittee is on duty.

Once again, liberals are at it to create soft targets at "Gun Free Zones." These laws are meaningless to those who want to do harm to others on the campus. All it does is render law abiding citizens helpless in the event that a criminal steps into their midst. This is how liberals "care" about people; by making them sitting ducks or worse, criminalizing them for exercising their rights protected under the Constitution.

Payment For Background Checks For Gun Transfers is the titled of HB13-1228 which is sponsored by Senator R. Heath (D) and House Sponsors L. Court (D). This bill wants money for background checks before transfer of firearms.

The Colorado bureau of investigation (CBI) shall impose a fee for performing an instant criminal background check pursuant to the transfer of a firearm. The amount of the fee shall not exceed the total amount of direct and indirect costs incurred by CBI in performing the background check.

The amount collected as fees shall be transferred to the state treasurer for credit to the instant criminal background check cash fund (fund), which fund is created in the bill.

Notice there are no cap fees. This is what all of this is about. It's about control and money. These fees could equate the cost of the firearm you purchase. This bill is corrupt legislation at its worst.

Then there is the mandatory background checks on firearms transfers. Once again, Democrats are the sponsors of HB13-1229, better known as Background Checks For Gun Transfers. Senator M. Carroll (D) and House Sponsors R. Fields (D) and B. McCann (D).

The bill's summary is pretty long, so let me give you the break down. Tim and Ron have known each other most of their life. Both are law abiding men, moral and are not crazy. However, Tim cannot sell his Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun without going through a Federal Firearms Dealer. Now, in addition to the cost of the firearm, which could normally be transferred between them as a long gun for just that price, Ron will have to foot a fee that the dealer imposes on him and there is no cap to that fee. Clearly this will present a problem.

Ah, then there is Republican legislation. Enter SB 13-140, sponsored by Senator V. Marble (R) and House sponsor L. Saine (R). No Federal Laws Concerning Colorado Firearms would nullify any Federal laws infringing on firearms rights as they currently exist within the State of Colorado. Several states have already passed such legislation and more are expected to, largely in the west.

This is a state where a mass shooting just took place last year and law abiding citizens were unprotected because they followed the policies of the theater which did not allow concealed carry. However, the gunman had no problem not only defying the policy of the theater, but breaking the law as he murdered and wounded people that fateful evening.

It looks like with four of these pieces of legislation that Democrats are out to make more targets of the citizens of Colorado.

The County Sheriffs of Colorado issued a press release about the proposed gun control legislation. In a statement, the organization headed by Executive Director Christopher H. Olson wrote that they "do not believe that these tragedies (Aurora and Newtown shootings) should be used as the backdrop to advance gun control legislation."

They also pointed out that this is a bad time to even introduce legislation regarding firearms "because decisions will likely be made on emotion rather than reason and that is not in the best interest of Colorado." They then suggested that all gun control bills be tabled for at least one year.

The organization also addressed the misapplication of the term "assault weapons," dealt with bans on semi-automatic firearms, ammunition, and high capacity magazines. They even addressed the issue of mental health.

Their conclusion was that they "welcome open, honest, and deliberative dialogue on all public safety issues."

"At the same time," they wrote, "we urge our state elected officials not to make decisions....(that) would likely lead to policies that are unenforceable and possibly unconstitutional, while punishing law abiding citizens and doing nothing to reduce violent crime."

Colorado citizens, contact your representatives and make your voice known here.

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  • Walt

    They need to call these Zones what they really are - Kill Zones. If you want to kill a bunch of people, this is where you go to be relatively safe while you do it. S T U P I D !

  • detroit1887

    Time to throw a lot of legislators out of office. Laws can be repealed.

  • Teresa Harris

    Please don't punish all of my state of Colorado by not coming here. We in the rural areas of the southeast plains are very conservative people. Somehow we have been invaded by liberals from other states such as California. They have moved into the cities along the Front Range. We country folk are now a minority which has made my Colorado a blue state regarding politics. We have sights and history in Southeast Colorado worthy of your time. So, please, come check us out. There is more to beautiful Colorado than mountains and ski resorts. Hey, we even have a mountain here in SE Colorado.. it is called Two Buttes Mountain and it is very beautiful to us here on the plains. We country folk like our freedoms and liberties and won't let them be taken away from us.

  • Rosech

    Hey, let them smoke pot and they won't see a problem here at all! and CO is counting on that. Stupid is as stupid does. I do hope all those who live in CO get their act together and tell the state legislators their terms are about to end and the will elect sensible legislators who recognize they ARE the employees and not the employers in that state. This will not stop guns and should not. Look at gun free zones and how much crime is committed with criminals with guns, not law abiding citizens. Hammers are rated the #1 weapon for killing, so are hammers on the list as well? Honestly, where do legislators get off telling us what to do, instead of doing what we elected them to do! These laws are unconstitutional, rabid, stupid, and if the legislators do not want guns, then they don't have to have them. Probably afraid that if angry CO people have guns, the legislators' lives won't be worth a plugged nickel. They really should think about this part of their trying to pass unconstitutional legislation!

  • J J

    We still aren't getting to the real issue. Criminals aren't law abiding citizens so, regardless of the laws that are passed, criminals will still be criminals and they will still find their ways to get guns and bullets.

    Law makers, stop punishing the law abiding citizens for your inadequacies, your inability to pass the right legislation, your idiocy and your personal agendas and ideologies! Some of your constituents are law abiding gun owners!!!

  • twinelm

    Most of these comments are on point. However I take exception to the statements calling these folks idiots who don't know what they are doing. Do not be fooled. They very much DO know what they are doing: to cement their power they MUST DISARM AMERICA.

    They are using knee jerk garden variety non thinkers to support them, but these are cold, calculating moves by totalitarians who wish to bury American liberty and freedom for all time to become truly unfettered in their elite rule of us, whom they see as "the rabble." They have targeted one state after another, patiently and with prevarication. Now their sights are set on Texas and several other Southern states. It is sad and I would prefer not to contemplate this take-down of our nation. However, it is our reality. We need to plot and plan and network now too. Because a war IS coming. Whether we want it or not.

    First and foremost, see to your spiritual condition. Turn back to God (or give your allegiance to Him if you haven't already). Pledge yourselves to follow HIM and seek HIS WISDOM. Spread the Truth that God is in control and it is our expected roll to GIVE HIM THE GLORY. That said, know this too, He gave us our nation as he has given mankind liberty. We do not serve Him if we passively let these wolves steal it from our children and grandchildren.

  • Ken

    Too bad the liberals in and around Denver, Boulder and Durango are so ignorant to think creating gun free zones, limiting magazine capacity and further infringing upon our rights to keep and carry arms will have any effect on criminals' twisted minds.

    Had a shooter walked into a theatre in Oklahoma or Texas there would have been a different outcome... we are not liberal pacifists.

    I appreciate Colorado, outside of the liberal bias, and pray that the backbone of this fine state stands up and fights this liberal onslaught.

  • Leilani

    Colorado used to be a state of independent thinkers and Western spunk. I don't where these lefty politicians came from but they've stolen the uniqueness of Colorado and turned it into another liberty crushing mouthpiece of DC.

  • Mike Jones

    Prediction? Magpul will leave Colorado, move to Wyoming, and take their jobs and tax dollars with them. And I'm done with Colorado as a ski destination.

  • sid14

    A republic is one where laws are applied to protect one's rights. A democracy is one in which a majority can override ones rights, which is why it's usually the democrats that engage in mob rule (two wolves and a chicken voting on dinner) and which ALWAYS results in tyranny.

    " A democracy is the most vile form of government" - Thomas Jefferson

  • A. Levy

    Obviously, the Left is using one of it's oldest tactics in the gun issue. Throw everything we can against the wall and see what sticks. It is an effective tactic because although they may not get everything they want, they will most likely end up with more than they have now. And, since they have been attacking the 2nd Amendment for generations without too much luck, they will take whatever they can get.

    Look for them to launch attacks from many different directions at the same time, and hidden behind many different disguises. Also, they are already attempting to link the gun issue with the "public health" issue, an area where the Left has great control and regulatory power.

    If you pay attention to the Left, and learn the tactics they use, many of which are old, well-worn, but quite effective, they can be beat. Unfortunately, the present republican party is far from being up to the task. That leaves We The People.

  • http://Gunbans Bud Lang

    I have been to Colorado numerous times. It is a beautiful state and I, and many of my friends, go there for vacation. If they pass these laws I will discontinue my visits and encourage all my friend from Texas to do the same. If enought of us join in it will certainly keep a lot of money out of the state of Colorado.

  • Lochlyn Grendelsson

    What part of "shall not be infringed" does anyone fail to comprehend?
    ANY "GUN CONTROL LAWS" ARE IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION AND THE DICK ACT - therefore, they are not LAW, have no effect under the LAW, and need not be obeyed.






  • CrustyOldGeezer

    Where in the Constitution does it state that any felony conviction removes Constitutionally PROTECTED Rights from any Citizen?

    In the 1800's it was common for a felon, when released from prison to have his/her weapons returned to them.

    Is this a "legislated" law?

    If so, it meets the problem of 'legislated law can never supersede Constitutional law'.

    While I'm not big on returning weapons to violent criminals when they are released from prison...,

    I'm even more not in favor of releasing violent criminals from prison in the first place.

  • Brian

    What part of "shall not be infringed"do people seem to have a problem understanding? Even a felon, once his debt is paid, has the right to bear arms. The 2nd amendment doesn't have an exception clause attached to it. In order to ban anyone from having a gun, a new constitutional amendment would have to be passed. Until that happens, everyone has that right, period.

    If the Feds continually use our constitution as their trump card when trying to make things pass the smell test, isn't it time that we the people do the same? Every gun law to date, be it federal or state, is in direct violation of our constitutional rights.

  • Lindy

    Real cool isn't it? They legalize drugs and we have all these drug freaks roaming around doing god only knows what and they want to take our gun rights away from us so we cannot defend ourselves against these nutty druggies and what they might do to us or our property. Typical liberal bull crap. If these people had a brain, they would take it out and play with it. We are condoning harmful and evil ways and lifestyles and condemning all that is right and good. God help us!

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  • Marta

    Maybe it's time to talk secession again. Maybe this time we shouldn't request it, and it's time to just do it.