The legislation thrust Colorado into the national spotlight as a potential test of how far the country might be willing to go with new gun restrictions after the horror of mass killings at an Aurora movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills that require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.
The debate in the Democratic-controlled Legislature was intense, and Republicans warned that voters would make Democrats pay. The bills failed to garner a single Republican vote.
The bills’ approval came exactly eight months after dozens of people were shot in Aurora, and a day after the executive director of the state Corrections Department, Tom Clements, was shot and killed at his home. Hickenlooper signed the legislation right after speaking with reporters about Clements’ slaying.
That last line as a push for gun control is exceedingly odd, since Clements may well have been killed not by an armed citizen, but by a government. The purpose of the right to keep and bear arms is acting as a physical check on governments, which have oppressed more people, crushed more rights, and ended more lives than any individual madman.
It should also be noted that none of these bills would stop madmen. What they do instead is create a legal culture in which every interaction with police results in confiscation and destruction of criminalized firearms, leading to slow disarmament. There are no thugs going door-to-door, but every individual arrest is an opportunity to crush Second Amendment rights and erode them further – and that’s the purpose. This is a long-march destruction of rights.
Each time he signed a bill, applause erupted from lawmakers and their guests…
“You’ve given us a real gift today,” she told the governor.
Later, Phillips added: “Thank you so much. You’re leading the entire country.”
Ultimately it leads here:
Despite 10-1 opposition cited by rights advocates, the Governor has gone ahead and led Colorado right down the route of citizen disarmament. It’s a wonderful “gift” that people after July 1st can applaud and look fondly upon as individual tragedies like Briana Dennison are dropped into forgotten graves and future generations further down the road will be able to look fondly upon as dissidents are shoved into mass graves, as history has dictated again and again.
Remember, while things aren’t all bleak and wretched right now, this is a long march to destruction of rights. Any loss of rights is ultimately a step forward for the would-be tyrants, and it’s important to keep that in context, even if scenes like the above are farther down the road, the loss of individual rights, prosperity, and individual lives as a consequence of these kinds of laws will end up ignored by the state and the fawning media.
These are the three specifically passed bills:
House Bill 1224 – Bans magazines with a capacity greater than fifteen rounds and would make a magazine with a removable floor plate illegal.
House Bill 1228 – Imposes a “gun tax” for a background check when purchasing a firearm.
House Bill 1229 – Criminalizes the private transfer of a firearm.
HB 1224 criminalizes pretty much every magazine, as noted previously here.
HB 1228 imposes a requirement to pay for the state of Colorado’s background check. I cite Clayton Cramer’s “The Racist Roots of Gun Control” a lot, but this law is almost like the anti-gun people went straight to the racist playbook. 1228 is a poll tax. The whole idea of a poll tax was to charge people to vote – which was a specific way to disenfrancise poor blacks in the racist south.
HB 1229 makes it illegal to sell firearms to another citizen without begging the state’s permission. There are several “exceptions”, many of which are not exceptions, and there are several of these non-exceptions which were discussed on the floor of the Colorado House, all of which were ignored by Colorado Democrats, who didn’t even bother to stay and defend their bill because they had the votes and because fuck you. For those who watched the floor discussion, or rather the lack thereof, you know exactly how this played out and got to see tyranny in action.
The battle for Colorado is lost, and for the time being, Colorado is also lost.
There are already legal challenges in the works to avenge some rights. As noted previously, Colorado sheriffs were ignored and threatened during the bill’s forcible creation, and now those sheriffs, who are representatives of the people, are pushing forward a few legal challenges.
The lead plaintiffs are sheriffs from around Colorado. They claim the laws violate not only the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. but the 14th Amendment which requires laws to be easy to understand.
HB 1228 is a poll tax, and blatantly unconstitutional. HB 1224 and 1229 are both just as blatantly unconstitutional, as “shall not be infringed” is as easy to understand as it is for leftist tyrants to ignore.
Kopel said the Second Amendment prohibits the government from outlawing commonly-owned firearms and accessories like the magazines banned under the new law.
In this case, Kopel’s wrong, though he’s trying to win via SCOTUS precedent. The Second Amendment says nothing about “commonly-owned”. SCOTUS did. And it’s unconstitutionally wrong.
With the signing of the HB 1224, we want to reassure Colorado residents, now officially in occupied territory, that the “Boulder Airlift” will continue until we can no longer legally ship to CO residents at the approach of the July 1 deadline, so long as demand continues.
We are looking at additional ways to give Coloradans the opportunity to buy the magazines they need prior to the enactment date, as although we’ve been swamped with tens of thousands of orders, our shipping department limitations have only allowed us to get a few hundred thousand magazines out to CO residents…a small portion of our monthly production. We’ll continue to support the Airlift as long as demand exists, and up to the active date of the legislation, and we’ve allocated a little over a million magazines for the effort up to that point, give or take.
Magpul previously noted that they’ll be leaving behind a small detachment of employees to continue the legal fight. No word yet if they’ve decided to call this “Operation Wolverine.”