gun control Archives - Colorado Politics

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 24, 201812min1490


Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsFebruary 22, 20184min1250

Of all the arguments made against gun safety proposals, far and away the most ridiculous is the "why have laws at all" argument. "But criminals won't follow the law! It won't make any difference!" We don't have laws for criminals. We have laws for the rest of us, so we can tell the difference and punish those who break them. Should we eliminate laws against rape? Against robbery? People still drive drunk, but the Colorado legislature passed a felony drunk-driving law with severe penalties last year. Should we not have bothered?


Adam McCoyAdam McCoyFebruary 20, 20182min3460

Now that they’re illegal in Denver city limits, police say they’ll take those bump stocks.

In late January, Denver became among the first cities in the country to ban bump stocks —  the device reportedly used by the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre to increase his weapons’ rate of fire.

In a Friday press statement, the Denver Police Department said to avoid being in violation of the newly-enacted ordinance, any residents with bump stocks can now turn them over to the authorities.

“If Denver residents are in possession of a bump stock, and would like to turn-in their bump stock to the Denver Police Department, they can do so at any Denver Police Station,” the department said.

The statement went on to note anyone found in unlawful possession of a bump stock could be fined between $100 and $999, and if incarcerated, spend 10 to 180 days in jail.

Bump stocks replace an assault rifle’s standard stock and frees the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly, channeling the energy from the weapon’s recoil. That allows for more rapid fire, nearly that of a fully automatic weapon. The device is most notable for its use in the Las Vegas massacre — the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The bump stock measure amended the city’s existing ordinance banning assault weapons to make it illegal to sell, carry, store or otherwise possess a bump stock.

The measure also now makes it unlawful to have a magazine capable of holding more than 15 rounds. The old standard was 21 rounds in Denver; the change will bring the city into compliance with existing state law.

Denver joined Columbia, S.C., believed to be the first city to institute a ban according to NPR, in being the among the first cities to pass legislation related to bump stocks.


Hal BidlackHal BidlackFebruary 20, 20187min4310

Yes, we do. Americans by and large accept the need for some gun control. No reasonable person supports the right of their odd neighbor down the street to have a tactical nuclear weapon. No reasonable person thinks a 10-year-old should be able to buy a flame thrower. No reasonable person thinks anyone should have a private anthrax cannon. We agree on gun control!


Mary BlegenMary BlegenFebruary 8, 20185min2440

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Douglas County on Dec. 31, we have learned that law enforcement officials had considered taking action to reduce the possibility of this sort of event some time before it happened, but there had been no actual criminal behavior on which to act.  If Colorado had the appropriate laws, there is an approach that could have been taken — Extreme Risk Protection Orders. These statutes temporarily prohibit the purchase or possession of firearms by persons at increased risk of dangerous behavior.  This tool uses civil law to enable law enforcement and families to intervene when individuals are behaving dangerously.  Five states now have these laws in place — Connecticut, Indiana, California, Washington and, most recently, Oregon.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 9, 20183min20550

Periodic opinion page contributor Jimmy Sengenberger, prez of the right-leaning Millennial Policy Center in Denver, says his organization is weighing in on a California court case with potential landmark implications for guns owners.

The center and attorney Joseph G.S. Greelee, a fellow in constitutional studies and firearms policy at the center, filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco against a pending California state law that criminalizes possession of 10-round gun magazines and even confiscates the magazines from current owners. The law’s implementation had been halted last year in a lower federal court, and that court’s injunction is now being appealed in by the California attorney general. (Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership and Denver’s Independence Institute are also partnering with the center on the amicus filing in the case, Virginia Duncan, et. al., v. Xavier Becerra.)

Explains Millennial in a press announcement Monday:

…MPC argues vigorously for (the law’s) unconstitutionality.  The Supreme Court has held that the Second Amendment protects arms “in common use.” Magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds are some of the most common arms in the country: tens of millions of Americans own over 100 million of these magazines nationwide. California’s law is extraordinary because it not only bans these extremely popular arms, but it actually confiscates those arms from law-abiding citizens who already own them.

What’s at stake for Millennials? Says the youthful Sengenberger in the announcement:

“As a group focused on the future and representing the interests of young Americans, the Millennial Policy Center has a keen interest in the long-term viability of the constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms … Ronald Reagan once said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We take this seriously, and we will engage in policy debates for freedom, including in the courtroom.”