CO Residents Stage Act of Defiance, Swap Magazines on Capitol Steps

Colorado Magazine Rally, c 7 News Denver

Colorado’s recently passed “high capacity” magazine capacity limit bill went into effect on Monday. And in an act of defiance a number of gun rights supporters gathered on the steps of the capitol in Denver to swap magazines — an act clearly in violation of the recently-enacted law. Transferring ownership of pre-ban mags is now strictly verboten. No arrests were made, though, and against all odds, none of the magazines caused a mass shooting. [via The Denver Channel]

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  1. avatar S&WFan says:

    This should happen weekly at the least. Preferably with everybody wearing shirts featuring a large middle finger.

  2. avatar Ted says:

    Civil disobedience at its finest!

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Yep.

  3. avatar Matt in FL says:

    They should keep doing this until someone (preferably several someones) gets arrested. You can show the law to be pointless all you want, but until someone gets arrested over it, there’s no way to bring a case against it.

  4. avatar Accur81 says:

    If this were CA, they’d send in SWAT. This protest, combined with the recall elections, sends a pretty clear message.

    1. avatar Pascal says:

      No, no it does not. Its not over. If the petition is over turned due to some hyper-technical nuance, then the other side will claim victory and everything will start over again. Remember, democrats are for allowing technicalities slide when it is for them, but will fight in court when it is against them. There is a 2002 case on another recall election that may over turn these petitions.

      See this:
      http://www.chieftain.com/home/1390951-120/recall-state-giron-election

      Only 2014 and 2016 have the potential to send a clear message. The democrats nor the public will understand until there are clear victories and the bums are put out to pasture.

      All this has done is stir up the bee hive. Until it is burned and the queen bee is dead, there is no message.

    2. avatar Peter says:

      If it were LA the cops would have already fired upon them sitting in their trucks.

  5. avatar ErrantVenture11 says:

    They should make it a freakin’ potluck every second saturday of the month.

    1. avatar DJ says:

      ^ This!

    2. avatar William Burke says:

      Two bowls of beef (or venison) stew: One 30-round magazine. Of course, you bring an offering yourself, and you leave with the same number of magazines… only they’re not the ones you brought.

  6. avatar Jeh says:

    That just goes to show how pointless the new law is, if law abiding citizens can break it without consequence, then criminals who actively hide from the law will have no problem.

    1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

      They will enforce it against anyone who actually threatens them (e.g., against people that start to have influence or make trouble for them). If one of the people pushing recall petitions is seen doing a mag swap, I would guess that they would be more likely to get prosecuted.

  7. avatar James says:

    “none of the magazines caused a mass shooting.” *yet*!!!

    Those magazines are super dangerous! They should be straight up confiscated and the owners beat to death! That is the only way to protect the citizens of CO from large capacity gun violence!!!

    1. avatar Pwrserge says:

      The scary part is that I have seen posts that are both serious and 90% identical.

      1. avatar Hal J. says:

        Heck, just look at Democratic Underground. Posters there regularly call for the confiscation of all privately held firearms. I just got banned there for being a “Libertarian troll”. 🙂

        1. avatar Avid Reader says:

          Congratulations!

        2. avatar DJ says:

          D@mn you and your pro-freedom, personal responsibility agenda! 🙂

        3. avatar William Burke says:

          Just wait until it’s their land being confiscated.

  8. Good on them. I firmly believe that taking this kind of action is what changes our society in the long run. We as a society have let our government get away with unconstitutional actions because we let them. It starts with the legislative process, but when unconstitutional laws are passed, then it is time to take a stand. Now, as Matt in FL stated, we just need a reason to challenge someone’s arrest. Of course, if they never bother to enforce it, then it is effectively not a law (I can dream, right?).

  9. avatar In Memphis says:

    Nice to see CO is really showing initiative in their fight.

    Does anyone know if that armed march on DC is still suopposed to happen on the 4th? I havent heard anything about it in a while.

    1. avatar Matt Richardson says:

      No. Kokesh backed away from it and encouraged people to march on their state capitols instead

    2. Code-Pink affiliated Kokesh was arrested in Pennsylvania a short time back. Perhaps, he thought better of forging ahead with the ill-fated march.

      1. avatar Matt Richardson says:

        All he is is a code-pink affiliate, huh?

        Keep marginalizing people who stand up for your rights just because they don’t toe the line for your personal agenda. It’s worked well for you so far.

        To quote you: The greatest challenge facing our nation, placing it in harm’s way, is citizen apathy.

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          Alex Jones talked Kokesh out of it. Live, on the air. Talked him, in a manner of speaking, to the state capitol marches instead. Which is better, IMO.

  10. avatar chris says:

    any idea how many people participated?

    1. avatar JoshinGA says:

      Most reports Ive read in various news sources say around 50.

      1. avatar drewtam says:

        Which probably means several hundred.

    2. avatar Matt Richardson says:

      More than 50 people attended the protest event at the Capitol with many passing ammunition magazines around a circle of people.

      per the source linked in the article…

  11. avatar JSIII says:

    They will do what lots of states do, avoid mass arrest, try to match licence plates/RO`s with faces then file charges after the fact.

    1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

      This was my thought. Though I guess is would be harder to prosecute if people were not caught red handed with the evidence. “Nope, I had this magazine before July 1.”

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Here’s an idea: park a distance away from the Capitol, then take the bus in and out. Would it confuse the heat? Maybe. They’d be watching vehicles, not buses.

  12. avatar Jeff says:

    I like the comments on the news article from “AnnPirie”

    “How did those fifty people know about this in order to participate. Must have been at the”A Farewell to Arms” event yesterday where the information was made known. ”
    …..
    [the event was] “In tight circles. I didn’t see anything in the media.”

    Some people are still so clueless about internet-enabled movements.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      I’m glad. Aren’t you? The internet is indistinguishable to “the grapevine” to them.

      In a way, it IS the grapevine.

  13. avatar Tommy Knocker says:

    Civil disobediance. Last year our Canadian brothers did something similar by swapping guns. This rendered large amount of federal registry data pretty useless.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Guns were confiscated, door-to-door, by mounties during last week’s ruinous floods in Alberta. They’re giving some – SOME – of them back now. Guess some judge(s) did the right thing.

  14. avatar Ralph says:

    It’s a nice gesture, and I applaud it. I also applaud the people of Turkey and Egypt who are showing great courage. They should be our role models.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Did you see where the Egyptian military showed their support to the crowd by flying over – en masse – in helicopters, with the Egyptian flag flying underneath? That was really encouraging.

  15. avatar Tom says:

    Just 50 people showed up? That makes me think all the more when push comes to shove, the vast majority of gun owners will turn in their guns without much protesting if they are banned. There should have been hundreds if not thousands of gun owners present.

    1. avatar Gyufygy says:

      With all the protests in CO, there must be some bosses getting cranky over paid leave being used so much this year. :p

  16. avatar Pat says:

    Only a stupid, evil libtard (democrat) would even consider trying to stop people from owning a small box with a spring in it that costs a few bucks to produce.

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