Last year, Colorado’s knee-jerk reaction to the Sandy Hook and Aurora shootings limited the state’s new magazines to a maximum capacity of fifteen rounds. This foolishness has saved exactly zero lives, but it has succeeded in costing the state several hundred highly skilled, high-wage jobs. A new bill aims to repeal that stupidity, and it has the support of a (bipartisan, thank you very much) majority of the Colorado Senate. But it has no chance of becoming law and restoring the constitutional rights of Colorado shooters . . .
Colorado HB1151 would strike down last year’s Bloomberg-funded publicity stunt, and it is currently sponsored by 18 of Colorado’s 35 state senators. It’s supported by the entire GOP caucus (duh) and a single Democrat, Lois Tochtrop of Thornton.
This bipartisan majority would be sufficient to pass the bill into law, but for the state House of Representatives. The House bill has 27 of 28 GOP representatives sponsoring it, but no Democrats. And then there’s Governor Lickenpooper, who would surely veto any bill that dares to erase his ‘signature’ legislation. At least, as long as he’s still in office: polling indicates he’s in serious trouble right now.
I shouldn’t say that HB1151 has ‘no’ chance of passage, because the sole GOP holdout, Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen, will face intense pressure to switch her vote. Gerou and two House Democrats actually voted against the magazine-limit bill last summer, and there is some hope that they’ll regain their sanity and vote to repeal it.