Colorado Gun Control Bills: Read ‘Em and Weep

Cameron L. forwards links and summaries of the first four civilian disarmament bills introduced in the Colorado legislature. Cameron indicates that, according to his sources, at least four more bills are in the works.

HB13-1224 Concerning Prohibiting Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

It prohibits the sale, transfer or possession of magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds or 5 shotgun shells. It grandfathers in “large capacity” magazines already in the possession on or before July 1, 2013. Any person who sells, transfers or possesses magazines after July 1, 2013 will be committing a Class 2 misdemeanor. Any “large capacity” magazine manufactured in Colorado after the effective date . . .

must have a serial number and production date on it. Anyone who manufactures a “large capacity” magazine in violation commits a class 2 misdemeanor. The bill exempts law enforcement after the effective date, but does NOT exempt armed private security. Magpul is located in Erie, CO just north of Denver and will be directly affected by this bill. It will be interesting to see if their lobbyists can move the needle on this, or whether they will relocate to a friendlier jurisdiction.

HB13-1226 Concerning eliminating the authority of a concealed handgun permit holder to possess a concealed handgun on the campus of an institution of higher education

The bill adds an exception to statute prohibiting a concealed carry permit holder from possessing a firearm in any building or structure on a public institution of higher education, any stadium or arena used by a public institution of higher education (includes Mile High Stadium/Pepsi Center for example), or any outdoor events on the campus.  The bill exempts campus security officers.  The language of the bill does not include a LEO exemption, but that language could already be included in the relevant section of statute.

HB13-1228 Concerning requiring the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to recoup the cost of performing an instant criminal background check prior to the transfer of a firearm

Under current law, the cost of performing CBI instant checks is paid for using general fund dollars. This bill would shift that cost to the individuals obtaining the background check.

HB13-1229  Concerning criminal background checks performed pursuant to the transfer of a firearm

This bill would require private sellers of firearms to perform a CBI instant background check at a licensed firearm dealer before transferring a firearm.  Any individual that violates the provision commits a Class 1 Misdemeanor.  The bill also requires the clerk of the court to report specified court orders relating to mental health or substance abuse to the CBI.  The bill establishes a judicial process for individuals to appeal for relief of federal firearm prohibitions, requiring the court to find that the individual is not likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety or granting relief is not in the public interest.

As of right now, none of these bills has attracted a Republican co-sponsor. The Democrat majorities in the Legislature have indicated that there will be at least four more bills introduced in the future, presumably including the Civil Liability provisions that have already received a large amount of public comment (and ridicule).