Governor Hickenlooper Signs Colorado Gun Control Bill

BY Herschel Smith
8 years, 10 months ago

Denver Post:

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Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms and signaled a change for Democrats who traditionally shied away from gun control debate in Colorado – a state with a moderate streak and pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance.

Hickenlooper’s signature of the bills comes exactly eight months after dozens of people were shot in a movie theater in suburban Denver, the day after the executive director of the state’s Corrections Department was shot and killed at his home.

Police were searching for the person who killed Tom Clements, and trying to figure out if the attack was related to his job.

The bills require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

Hickenlooper was surrounded by lawmakers who sponsored the bills at the signing ceremony. Before signing the first bill, which requires purchasers to pay fees for background checks, he looked around with a solemn look on his face and then began signing it.

Every time he signed a bill, applause erupted from lawmakers and their guests …

So be it.  It’s now time for Magpul to leave and take its revenue and jobs with them.  When laws like this are implemented it’s always the duty of every individual to study the bill itself, sometimes including case law that ensues from the bill.  Gun forums don’t do justice to the complexity of most gun control bills, and every visitor to the State of Colorado is in danger of some sort of new violation of their laws, which most of the time would be felonies.  It just isn’t worth my time to study the law.

I have visited Colorado only once to ski in Breckenridge.  It was a wonderful experience, and sadly, one that will not be a recurring trip.  Not only will I not risk any sort of violation of their new law, but I won’t reward Colorado for their actions today.  I have friends and readers in Colorado and I don’t wish them ill.  But now that Colorado has been proven to be an anti-gun state, they will feel the wrath of gun owners and gun manufacturers.  They should consider their future through the lens of firearms at a time when their chief of the department of corrections was just gunned down.  Will the criminals have such a hard time getting what they want?

My treatment of Colorado won’t be any different than my treatment of other gun-control states.  I steadfastly refuse to drive through or even fly over New York, New Jersey, Illinois, or Maryland.  If I drive through with a weapon I must know their idiotic laws.  If I fly over with a weapon I might have to make an unscheduled landing in one of their cities.

I don’t take pleasure in seeing friends suffer under totalitarianism.  But when we look for work-arounds and fill in the gaps for others, we prevent the learning experience that comes from bad decisions.  Consequences bring the gift of wisdom.  For half a century now America has raised its children to avoid consequences, and partly for that reason we are where we are.

In this case, may Colorado get exactly what they have asked for, and exactly what they so richly deserve.   Tonight I will go home and order some Magpul hats, clothing and accessories (I already have their AR-15 magazines).  I will never again visit Colorado, and depending upon what other manufacturers do (Remington has made their bed, are you listening, Colt?  Rock River Arms?  Kimber?  Springfield Armory?), I will look for ways to reward the faithful and punish the wicked.  And there are millions of gun owners just like me.


Comments

  1. On March 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm, jdkchem said:

    It’s going to once again suck to be a resident of Erie, CO. Those will be a lot of jobs for a town that hasn’t had much to offer since the coal mining days. I’m thinking long and hard about making the exodus along with Magpul to a friendlier environment. It should be noted that the sheriff of Weld county has stated he will not enforce the ban oh scary size magazines. I hope more manufacturers and retailers refuse to sell to the state government what they cannot sell to the citizens. Just to be spiteful gun owners should put an initiative on the 2014 ballot banning newspaper sales as newspapers contribute to global warming. It would be for mother gaia and the children after all.

  2. On March 22, 2013 at 7:13 am, Josh said:

    I had, once upon a time, dreamed of living in Colorado.

    Perhaps Wyoming would be more welcoming…

  3. On March 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm, Hawkpilot said:

    Wyoming is much more welcoming, hopefully the people who flee here for asylum won’t infect us with their leftist politics. That’s what happened to Colorado, they were a sensible State until they got overrun by Californians fleeing the predictable results of their bad decisions.

  4. On March 24, 2013 at 9:51 am, Darkwater said:

    Texas is always open for business.

    And for Hawkpilot, Colorado had already started turning left, the plague starting in Boulder and Aspen, when California passed Prop 13, the Taxpayer’s Revolt. That’s why it became a target for the horde looking to maintain their taxpayer-supported lifestyle.

  5. On March 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm, Cory said:

    Well I have lived in Colorado 38 years and they finally crossed the line, I am moving out. This was Colorado now it’s hell. I just can’t take it anymore, They trample on gun right’s , leagalize marijuana, give amnesty to illigal immigrant, and now allow the gay’s to marry. I am leaving and I hope everyone else like me does the same. Thay can have this state and shove it.

  6. On March 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm, Josh said:

    @Hawkpilot, the half backs moving into the Upstate want so badly to infect us with their leftist, statist disease. You can see it on their faces – the yearning and pain.

    Thankfully, for now, they’re still far, far outnumbered by normal people from places like Traveler’s Rest, Sugar Tit, Six Mile, Pickens, Pumpkintown and Clemson.

    Greenville is still holding fast; I’m not sure how long it will last.

  7. On March 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm, joe said:

    Agenda 21 is already infiltrated Cheyenne. The city planners are corrupt…try Weld co and you may survive.

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