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Tuesday
Mar122013

Colorado Magazine Ban Will Prevent Sale of Many Popular Guns 

The Colorado Senate passed a bill limiting ammunition magazines on Monday on an 18-17 vote.

Democratic Sens. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge and Lois Tochtrop of Thornton voting against it while some Republican legislators vowed to disobey the measure if it becomes law.  

Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, came out strongly against the bill.

Im telling you right now, I will not obey this law, Brophy said. He was later joined by other legislators.

I do not represent the wishes of Washington, New York or Chicago, said Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, who said she would not obey the law if it passed either. House Bill 1224 is an abomination to our freedoms.

Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, said government should not mandate that law-abiding citizens be out gunned by criminals.

This bill will do nothing, zero, nothing, to prevent crime, Kings colleague, Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs said Monday.

The bill would limit ammunition magazine limits to 15 rounds and was amended to limit shotguns to 28 inches worth of shells. The measure now heads back to the House for a vote.  Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has indicated his support of the legislation and is expected to sign the measure into law if it passes the House as expected.

If passed, anyone who currently possesses a magazine that holds more than 15 rounds is able to keep it, though if they transfer or sell the magazine, that individual would face a class 2 misdemeanor charge.  There may be hundreds of thousands of pistol and rifle magazines manufactured to hold more than 15 rounds legally possessed in Colorado at this time.

Thousands of firearms legally purchases for years in Colorado came with standard capacity magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, including popular pistols like the orginal Glock 17 9mm and both the Beretta 92SF and Beretta Px4 Storm. Both pistols are manufacutured to take standard 17 round magazines. But magazines capable of holding 30+ rounds have been sold legally in Colorado for decades.

Manufacturers in Colorado will be allowed to continue to produce 15+ round magazines for sale outside of Colorado, though they would be required to engrave a date of production on each.

Because of the way gun magazines are manufactured, it will be almost impossible to enforce the law.  

The Colorado Senate passed a total of five Democratic gun control bills Monday. The law will ban some of the most popular guns sold in Colorado, including many made by Glock, Beretta, Sig Sauer, Ruger, Smith and Wesson, Springfield, and others because the gun’s standard magazine capacity exceeds 15 rounds.

Magpul Founder and CEO Richard Fitzpatrick testified in a House committee Monday that many of Magpuls magazines have a floor plate that is removable for cleaning purposes, and could be converted to house additional rounds.

Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, offered testimony in the floor debate that reveals members of SEAL Team 6 used Magpul magazines in the killing of Osama Bin Laden.  This is a patriotic company that were going to force to leave the state, Cadman said.

Magpul has vowed to move manufacturing operations out of Colorado if the Bill becomes law:

We would like to thank everyone for the support they have given us here in fight for Colorado. We are truly humbled by some of things said about Magpul on the Senate floor yesterday.

The fight against HB 1224 continues and will not be over until the until official vote count on Monday and the bill is actually signed into law by the Governor.

As we have previously stated, HB 1224, if signed into law will require us to move operations out of Colorado. This is a process that will take some organization/negotiation with potential new location(s).

Work on relocation of production assets has already started and as we move through various scenarios, we will be unable to comment on possible new locations or details of the move until decisions have been finalized.

Once again thanks for all the support and keep up the fight.

The fifth and final vote came after four hours of discussion of House Bill 1224, a ban on high-capacity magazines of 15 rounds or more, which passed on a vote of 18-17.

Two Democrats, Sen. Lois Tochtrop of Thornton and Sen. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge, joined Republicans in voting no.

Republicans argued at length against the two most important measures: House Bill 1229, which mandates universal background checks on all gun sales, and the high-capacity magazine ban, both of which have the backing of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the advocacy group founded and funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“The de facto governor of Colorado is Michael Bloomberg,” said an angry Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, expressing a frustration widely held among Colorado Republicans that the state’s Democrats are being controlled by outside political forces.

Earlier in the day, the universal background checks bill passed the Senate 19-16, after about two hours of debate, with Tochtrop the only Democrat voting no.

Colorado voters are paying attention.  Their are not enough California transplants in Colorado to save the political careers of all the gun grabbers who voted for this bill.  The magazine capacity bill passed by one vote.  Not a single Republican voted for the magazine limit and two Democrats voted against the bill.

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