Gun rights group sues Colorado government over new anti-gun laws

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

The fight over Colorado’s new gun control laws didn’t end with the recent recall of two anti-gun state senators. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO), a Colorado-based organization associated with the National Association for Gun Rights, has filed a lawsuit against the new gun control laws.

The new laws, which were passed by the Colorado legislature in March and signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), took effect on July 1. They include a ban on high-capacity magazine and universal background checks.

The suit filed by RMGO in Colorado State District Court says the new gun control laws infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens.

“Rocky Mountain Gun Owners will fight to keep the constitutional rights of Coloradans intact by challenging these laws on every front,” said Dudley Brown, executive director of the gun rights organization, in a press release last week. “Two anti-gun Colorado senators were rejected by their constituents [on September 10], and we are now looking to overturn these laws in court.”

The has been limited success thus far in legal challenges to the arbitrary ban on high-capacity magazines. The law was written in a way that effectively banned almost all magazines. But a federal lawsuit filed by the Independence Institute, a Colorado-based think tank, led to clarification of the laws. Colorado sheriffs had previously warned the state government that the ban is unenforceable.

The universal background checks that the legislature passed will do very little prevent instances of gun violence because they don’t deter straw purchases or deal with stolen guns. They do, however, make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain a firearm and impose another regulatory and financial burden on gun stores that help facilitate the private sales of guns.

In addition to the lawsuit, RMGO will continue to push for repeal of the onerous new gun laws and play an active role in defeating the anti-gun politicians who voted for the measures.

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