Over 50 Colorado sheriffs have inked their names on a federal lawsuit intended to challenge two of the state’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 – a group that describes itself as an “action tank” committed to providing research that leads to changes in laws and policies.
“You can have sensible gun control laws that actually do protect public safety without infringing on people’s rights,” Kopel told KDVR. “These ridiculous new statutes are not in that category.”
Notably, the 54 sheriffs who joined Friday’s lawsuit account for 84 percent of the state’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.
They’re also arguing against the bills on constitutional grounds, chiefly that the Second Amendment applies equally to all states.
“These bills do absolutely nothing to make Colorado a safer place,” said Sheriff John Cook, one of the group’s most vocal leaders. “Instead, 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.”
Kopel is maintaining that the bills were spurred by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s aggressive campaign against guns at the start of this year. The campaign, which received notable support from Vice President Joe Biden, ultimately influenced Colorado’s laws and politics, Kopel states.
“These laws didn’t come from Colorado,” he asserted. “These laws are written by the Michael Bloomberg lobby, cookie cutter things that are pushed all over the country and in Congress — terribly mis-written laws by people who know very little about firearms or firearms laws.”
Kopel said the group was considering filing an injunction down the road in order to push the bills from going into effect. They’re currently scheduled to do so on July 1st of this year.