Colorado Supreme Court upholds state’s law banning large-capacity gun magazines

Colorado Supreme Court upholds state’s law banning large-capacity gun magazines

The Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals. (Jeremy Martinez, Special to The Colorado Sun) The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state’s 7-year-old ban on gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a hard-line gun rights organization based in Colorado, challenged the large-capacity magazine law , arguing that it violates the state constitution. Specifically, the organization contended that the law goes against a clause that gives people the right to be armed to defend their homes, property and themselves. The Colorado Supreme Court, however, disagreed in a 45-page decision. Justice Monica M. Márquez, in writing the court’s opinion, said the ban is “a reasonable exercise of the police power that has neither the purpose nor effect of nullifying the right to bear arms in self-defense.” Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, whose office defended the law, praised the decision. “The large-capacity magazine law will decrease the deadly impacts of mass shootings by reducing the number of people who will be shot during a mass shooting incident, and it will save lives,” the Democrat said in a written statement. “It also honors Coloradans’ right to bear arms for personal defense. Today’s ruling is a win for public safety and for the rule of law.” The law was passed a year after the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, which left 12 people dead and dozens more wounded. The gunman in that attack used a 100-round magazine. The policy was part of a package […]

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