Colorado Governor Signs Four New Gun Control Measures Into Law

By Tyler Durden

Joining Washington state in a 2023 western-United States gun-control blitz, Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Friday put his signature on four bills restricting the exercise of the human right of armed self-defense.

“No action can ever bring back the loved one that you lost,” said Polis, surrounded by gun control advocates and shooting victims and family members. “But turning your own personal tragedy into action in a way that will make others safer, will really prevent others from having to go through what you went through.”

Here’s what they do:

  • Increase the legal age for purchasing firearms to 21. The law grandfathers anyone who was 18 when the law was enacted, and has exceptions that include hunting, attending shooting classes, being a peace officer or active duty military.
  • Create a 3-day waiting period for firearms purchases. The law appears to put the burden solely on sellers, who face a $500 fine for a first offense and fines between $500 and $5,000 for subsequent offenses.
  • Expand the list of people who can submit “red flag” gun-confiscation petitions. Colorado already had an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” law, under which family/household members and law enforcement officers/agencies could petition for disarming an individual. Now, petitions can be accepted from medical care providers, mental health-care providers, educators and district attorneys.
  • Remove gun manufacturers’ protection from liability. Previously, firearm and ammo manufacturers could only be sued over defects. The new law repeals that limit and requires broadly-defined “firearm industry members” to “establish and implement reasonable controls and precautions related to the industry product in its control.” It allows individuals or the Colorado attorney general to pursue actions against violators, and “unlawful misuse” of a firearm or ammo is not a defense.

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There’s one type of restriction conspicuously absent from Friday’s bundle: an “assault weapon” ban, like the one recently enacted in Washington state.

A Monmouth University poll released last week found 49% of Americans oppose such bans, with 46% supporting them and 6% unsure. “That marks a nine-point decline in support and a seven-point increase in opposition since Monmouth asked the same question in June 2022,” notes Stephen Gutowski at The Reload.

Already poised to counterstrike, gun-rights advocates began filing legal challenges to the new laws on the same day Polis signed them. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) sued Polis and the state over the waiting period and the age-21 requirement. The group plans to challenge the other two laws after finding plaintiffs with standing to challenge them. (Read the filed complaints here: Waiting Period / Age 21)

“Gun owners’ rights are being ravaged in the Colorado legislature by the puppets of Everytown for Gun Control and Michael Bloomberg,” said RMGO executive director Taylor Rhodes in a statement. He added:

They will not be happy until all law-abiding gun owners are disarmed, and only the criminals have guns. When a single mother is being harassed by a violent, abusive former partner, the Democrats at the Capitol think it is fine to make her wait at least three days to defend herself and her baby. And if she is twenty, these gun control fanatics insist she is completely defenseless.”

While not assured of victory, the challenges will have a mighty tailwind, thanks to last summer’s Supreme Court Bruen decision requiring that, to be held constitutional, gun control laws must be “consistent with the nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.” Applying that test, federal judges across the country have been knocking down and imposing injunctions against gun laws left and right.

Source: ZeroHedge

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1 Comment on "Colorado Governor Signs Four New Gun Control Measures Into Law"


    Every single gun control law is but more evidence demonstrating the impotency of the Second Amendment.

    Furthermore, a future generation of our posterity is likely to see the Second Amendment whittled away entirely or repealed altogether. This is inherent nature and danger of optional Enlightenment rights versus non-optional Biblical responsibilities, such as the following:

    “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword [or today’s equivalent] in their hand … this honor have all his saints. Praise ye Yah.” (Psalm 149:6-9)

    “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house [beginning with spiritual and physical protection], he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Timothy 5:8)

    Which is more potent: 1) An optional right, or 2) A non-optional responsibility?

    Which is more likely to be infringed, licensed, and ultimately abolished altogether?

    Which did the pre-Second Amendment Americans look to for their authority to bear arms, with little or no infringement?

    For more, listen to “The Second Amendment: A Knife in A Gunfight” at Bible versus Constitution dot org. Go to our Video page and scroll down to title.

    See also Chapter 12 “Amendment 2: Constitutional vs. Biblical Self-Defense” of free online book “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Go to our online Books page and click on the top entry.

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