Lawsuit over Colorado's gun laws has its day in court
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Lawsuit over Colorado’s gun laws has its day in court

Lawsuit over Colorado’s gun laws has its day in court

Greg Campbell

31 March 2014

Colorado’s new gun laws are coming to the fore again, as a lawsuit to overturn them opens on Monday in federal court.

Almost all of Colorado’s elected county sheriffs spearheaded the suit, saying new measures requiring universal background checks and limiting the size of ammunition magazines are both unconstitutional and unenforceable.

They join nearly two dozen other plaintiffs, including individuals, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. They include Magpul Industries, which makes 30-round magazines that are no longer legal to sell in Colorado, and the Colorado Farm Bureau, which represents the rights of ranchers and promotes rural values.

Magpul is in the process of moving out of Colorado in protest, relocating its operations in Texas and Wyoming. Other gun businesses have done the same.

The new gun laws were the most divisive legislation in recent memory, passed last year by the Democratic-controlled state legislature amid pressure from national groups on both sides of the issue. Even Vice President Joe Biden got involved, phoning Democratic lawmakers to urge passage while bills were being debated on the floor of the state Senate.

They also led to the state’s first-ever recall elections against state legislators, as former Senate President John Morse and former Sen. Angela Giron were kicked out of office.

A third Democratic senator resigned rather than face recall, which, if she’d lost, would have tipped the balance of power in the Senate to Republicans.

The gun control laws have resulted in calls for boycotts among hunting groups and the cancellation of some shooting competitions. They also were among the factors cited by commissioners in 10 counties that sought to secede from Colorado to form a new state.

via Lawsuit over Colorado’s gun laws has its day in court | The Daily Caller.

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