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:

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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.

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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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