Thirty Colorado Sheriffs join in opposing Colorado’s gun magazine ban before the state Supreme Court

Thirty Colorado Sheriffs join in opposing Colorado’s gun magazine ban before the state Supreme Court

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DENVER–Thirty Colorado Sheriffs joined The Colorado Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association and the Independence Institute* in filing an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the Colorado Supreme Court opposing Colorado’s firearms magazine ban on Monday. The brief, written by Independence Institute Research Director and Denver University law professor David Kopel, provides the Court with the concerns of county sheriffs with respect to the effects of the magazine ban on both law enforcement officers as well as on the ability of citizens to defend themselves using firearms. The original case was brought in Denver District Court in Sept. 2013 by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and the National Association for Gun Rights, among other plaintiffs, challenging the constitutionality of the ban. The complaint was thrown out by the trial court, but the Colorado Court of Appeals found that the plaintiffs’ argument that the law, House Bill 13-1224, banning magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds, violated the Colorado Constitution was improperly dismissed. The case was remanded to the District Court for further consideration. After a week-long trial a judge ruled against the plaintiffs, saying that the magazine ban is a “reasonable exercise of the police power designed to address a specific and valid governmental concern regarding the health, safety and welfare of people in Colorado.” Entrance to Colorado Supreme Court The plaintiffs appealed again in 2017, and the Court of Appeals ruled the law does not violate article II, section 13 of the Colorado Constitution, agreeing with the […]

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