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 firearm magazines can only be effected by referendum. If approved by voters, the amendment would require a vote of the people before any limits or restrictions on the capacity of ammunition magazines can be put in place.
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) and Senate President John Morse.
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|
- ↑ Colorado Legislative Council, "Right to Purchase and Possess Ammunition Storage and Feeding Devices," retrieved March 21, 2013
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Daily Caller, "Group pushes to nullify magazine limits through constitutional amendment," August 19, 2013
- ↑ State of Colorado, "HOUSE BILL 13-1224," accessed August 26, 2013
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 OpenStates.org, "HB 13-1224: Colorado House Bill - Prohibiting Large-capacity Ammunition Magazines," accessed August 26, 2013
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 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
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