CO Gov Hickenlooper to sign into law massively unpopular gun-grabbing measures
Wednesday, according to the AP and other sources.
I’ve written on this now quite a bit, but we are nearing the progressive end game. States with Democrat-majority legislatures are going to push through measures to deprive their citizens of Constitutional protections regardless of what their constituencies want, because the left is all about centralizing government, and the allegiance of the contemporary Democrat state legislator is to the national Party. Obama and the progressives are essentially running Democrat-led states.
Without changes to the language it is clear that the CO high-cap mag ban will effectively ban nearly all detachable magazines, because nearly all magazines, having removable base plates (this is how you clean them, after all), can be extended. And it is that potential for extension that makes them illegal under the law as written. Whether that was intentional or not is a matter of some dispute: the CO Dems who introduced the various bills clearly know nothing about what it is they are hoping to ban; and yet at the same time, we here in CO are aware that Bloomberg and the White House have been whispering in the ears of state Democratic lawmakers at every step.
– Turning Colorado into a de facto police state. Because there are no enforcement measures in place for such laws — and no readily available way to prove when “grandfathered” magazines (which can’t be transferred, and are to be turned in upon the death of the original owner) were purchased, or whether a private exchange went through a background check — the police will have at their discretion the power to arrest you if you possess a magazine capable of exceeding 15 cartridges, or if you have a gun at all, really, and force you to go to court to prove your innocence. Which will cost you time and money, and is a backdoor way to convince some people that gun ownership isn’t worth the potential hassles, while convincing others that a gun registry is needed to aid in the upkeep of these “common sense” laws.
Also, the arbitrary number in the high-cap mag ban works as a backdoor ban on “assault rifles,” many of which come standard with magazines that hold 20-30 rounds. It also assaults successful private businesses in Colorado, from Magpul on down, and will affect the tourism industry as well. Save for those who are planning to vacation here as an alternative to Amsterdam.
It’s true that a number of Sheriffs and state legislators have said they will not follow or enforce any such laws. But that still leaves once-free citizens in a position where they must rely on the good graces of law enforcement and government to retain their natural rights.
Recalls are in order. Along with ballot initiatives. And court challenges.
The fight is only beginning. Hickenlooper is willing to reject the wishes of the people of the state and sign into law what is clearly a dramatic legislative overreach, one that passed with absolutely no bi-partisan support. Because the left has dropped the gauntlet. It’s pure power — democratic tyranny — that they plan to use to reshape society. They will run as moderates and fiscal conservatives, then use their majorities to ram through partisan legislation that robs people of ever more of their liberties. They will and must control us. Or else how can they be expected to bring about Utopia?
I hope the taste of NY Mayor Bloomberg’s cock was worth it, Governor.