After what feels like a little bit of a lull in the gun debate because of the sequester, state lawmakers are back at it trying to limit second amendment rights. In Colorado lawmakers are now trying to limit what kind of guns one can own. And it’s not the “assault” weapons that everyone has been talking about. Remember how the President said he didn’t want to keep people from hunting and how he released the photo of him shooting a gun?
Well now these Colorado state lawmakers want to ban the state’s most popular hunting shotgun. This new bill has been moving quickly through the state Capitol, it has already passed the House and Governor Hickenlooper has already said he would sign it. “A pump or semi-automatic shotgun is the gun most hunters in Colorado use. It’s a gun state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray,” says could be banned under the new law.
Brophy says if Democrats succeed in passing a bill limiting large capacity magazines in Colorado, they’ll outlaw the most popular selling firearm for hunting.
“Hundreds of thousands of pheasant hunters are probably going to be carrying around a gun they won’t be able to replace after July 1 this year,” he said.
Brophy points to a section of the bill that defines a high-capacity magazine as one capable of accepting or — that can be readily converted — to accept more than 15 rounds or eight shotgun shells.
Not only does this law limit the purchase of these guns, but also has limits of what you can do with the gun.
“The law is specific as of July 1. You can keep it, but only if you maintain continuous possession of it,” Brophy said. “If it breaks, you can’t give to a gunsmith even to fix it. You can’t hand it to your son to use. It’s all now outlawed because of this 1224, the bill that Gov. Hickenlooper says he’s going to sign … this is most extreme thing anybody’s ever done related to firearms.”
There are 7 gun bills to be discussed on the Senate floor this week, so it is yet to be seen if this will make it through. There is an amendment being discussed, but no word as to whether it will make it into the final bill or if it will go to the Senate floor as is.