Below are summaries of the four gun control laws that passed the Colorado House yesterday. The Colorado Senate chamber is controlled 20-16 by Democrats, so this is expected to pass easily and our Governor has indicated he'll sign three of the four and is considering the fourth (that being no CCW on college campuses). This was from an NRA press release, so any commentary in the list is theirs (I changed their language to reflect amendments made to the law after the NRA released their summary, specifically the magazine ban was changed from 10 to 15 and the shotgun ban was changed from 5 rounds to 8):
- House Bill 1224: Would ban the sale, transfer or possession of a magazine capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition, or a shotgun capable of holding more than 8 rounds. Those who currently own magazines that hold more than 15 rounds would be able to keep them in their possession, but would be unable to sell or transfer them! Furthermore, any magazine larger than 15 rounds that is manufactured in Colorado on or after the effective date of HB 1224 must include a serial number and date of assembly. Not only will this increase the cost of magazines, it could force law-abiding citizens who currently possess unmarked magazines larger than 15 rounds to produce evidence that they possessed the magazines before the ban was enacted.
- House Bill 1226: Would overturn the state Supreme Court ruling that decisively concluded that individuals who obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit cannot be denied their right to carry a firearm for self-defense on college campuses. This bill will only create more failed “gun-free zones” that are so often the target of criminals and madmen.
- House Bill 1228: Would saddle law-abiding gun owners by imposing an undetermined fee (gun tax) for undergoing a background check through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) InstaCheck system. The CBI InstaCheck program is failing in its duties and cannot process or handle the volume of checks seen in the last few months. Recently, the Colorado Legislature denied a $500,000 request from CBI to expedite the backlog of checks. Instead, HB 1228 would punish gun owners by forcing them to pay for a defunct program that blatantly impedes their constitutional right.
- House Bill 1229: Would criminalize the private transfer of all firearms, even between certain family members! Under HB 1229, you will be forced to undergo a criminal investigation if you wish to purchase a firearm from certain family members, friends and co-workers. This system can only be enforced with gun registration. And, as we know from experiences in California, Canada and Australia, gun registration enables gun confiscation—only from honest citizens—since criminals are not subject to registration or submit to criminal investigations.
This is so disheartening, especially in what used to be a pretty pro-gun state like Colorado. Magpul has threatened to move their HQ out of Colorado, possibly to Texas, should their primary product become outlawed in their home state. The legislators didn't care how many jobs they would cost the state, nor how they punish law-abiding gun owners.
The effective date for these laws will be July 1, 2013, unless they've amended that too and I haven't seen it yet.