Colorado Ammunition Restrictions Law Amendment (2014)
|Voting on Firearms|
|Not on ballot|
The measure, which is sponsored by the group "Put it to the People," would declare that laws regarding any restrictions on "the purchase or possession of ammunition storage and feeding devices" can only be enacted by a vote of the people. If this measure is approved, it will essentially nullify the ban on magazines that contain more than 15 rounds, which went into effect with the passage of House Bill 1224.
A separate measure, which is attempting to repeal all gun legislation passed in 2013, may also appear on the ballot if it garners enough signatures. Additionally, a pro-gun control group is attempting to land a measure on the November ballot that would ban concealed weapons on college campuses.
On March 20, 2013, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1224 into law. The bill, which was sponsored in the general assembly by Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-42) and Sen. Mary Hodge (D-25), "prohibits the sale, transfer, or possession of an ammunition feeding device that is capable of accepting, or that can be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition or more than 5 shotgun shells (large-capacity magazine)." It also expanded background checks on those purchasing firearms. The law went into effect on July 1, 2013.
The highly contested law came about, in part, as the result of mass shootings in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado in July 2012 and in a grade school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. Gun shop owners and Colorado sheriffs were outspoken opponents of the law. The sheriffs filed a lawsuit against the state, arguing ammunition magazines can be converted to hold more ammunition than the maximum number prescribed by the new law and it would be difficult for private citizens to comply with the expanded background checks. The bill's success also triggered efforts to recall Sen. Angela Giron (D-3), Senate President John Morse (D-11) and Sen. Evie Hudak (D-19). Giron and Morse were successfully recalled, and Hudak chose to resign.
The measure is being supported by a group called "Put it to the People." Colorado resident Tim LeVier and his friend are spearheading the effort. LeVier said, "It’s a tough road to be on when you’re doing a volunteer initiative like this. We don’t have any funds to pay for petitioning. … [The petitions are] in a lot of firearms-related stores throughout the state. That’s really our primary focus, being in as many accessible places as possible."
Path to the ballot
Supporters must obtain at least 86,105 valid signatures in order to place the measure on the ballot, regardless of whether the measure is an initiated constitutional amendment or an initiated state statute.
|Colorado Gun Laws, HB 1224 House Vote|
|Colorado Gun Laws, HB 1224 Senate Vote|
- Put it to the People
- Put it to the People, "The Proposal," accessed January 21, 2014
- The Daily Caller, "Group pushes to nullify magazine limits through constitutional amendment," August 19, 2013
- The Denver Post, "Gun-related ballot measures to again make Colorado political battleground," January 2, 2014
- State of Colorado, "HOUSE BILL 13-1224," accessed August 26, 2013
- OpenStates.org, "HB 13-1224: Colorado House Bill - Prohibiting Large-capacity Ammunition Magazines," accessed August 26, 2013
- FoxNews.com, "Colorado gun laws take effect amid final rush for ammo," July 1, 2013
- HuffingtonPost.com, "Angela Giron, Colorado State Senator Facing Gun Vote Recall, Predicts Victory," August 25, 2013
- Fox News, "Democratic Colorado state senator resigns to avoid recall over gun law," November 27, 2013
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