Over 50 Colorado sheriffs have inked their names on a federal lawsuit intended to challenge two of the stateâ€™s recently-passed gun control bills.
Of the bills, HB 1224 bans magazines with greater than 15-round capacities while the second, HB 1229, requires background checks for all firearm transfers.
The lawsuit is being led by David Kopel of the Independence Institute â€“ a group that describes itself as an â€śaction tankâ€ť committed to providing research that leads to changes in laws and policies.
â€śYou can have sensible gun control laws that actually do protect public safety without infringing on peopleâ€™s rights,â€ť Kopel told KDVR. â€śThese ridiculous new statutes are not in that category.â€ť
Notably, the 54 sheriffs who joined Fridayâ€™s lawsuit account for 84 percent of the stateâ€™s 64 sheriffs. The plaintiffs are asserting that some of the language used in the bills is unconstitutionally vague and a violation of due process.
Theyâ€™re also arguing against the bills on constitutional grounds, chiefly that the Second Amendment applies equally to all states.
â€śThese bills do absolutely nothing to make Colorado a safer place,â€ť said Sheriff John Cook, one of the groupâ€™s most vocal leaders. â€śInstead, these misguided, unconstitutional bills will do opposite because they greatly restrict the rights of decent, law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, their families and their homes.â€ť
Kopel is maintaining that the bills were spurred by New York City Mayor Michael Bloombergâ€™s aggressive campaign against guns at the start of this year. The campaign, which received notable support from Vice President Joe Biden, ultimately influenced Coloradoâ€™s laws and politics, Kopel states.
â€śThese laws didnâ€™t come from Colorado,â€ť he asserted. â€śThese laws are written by the Michael Bloomberg lobby, cookie cutter things that are pushed all over the country and in Congress â€” terribly mis-written laws by people who know very little about firearms or firearms laws.â€ť
Kopel said the group was considering filing an injunction down the road in order to push the bills from going into effect. Theyâ€™re currently scheduled to do so on July 1st of this year.Â