Gov. John Hickenlooper Signs Gun Bills to Law, Sheriffs React
KREX News Room
DENVER- Gov. John Hickenlooper put ink to paper Wednesday morning, creating three new gun control laws in Colorado.
The first law establishes mandatory background checks on all gun sales, both private and public.
The second law requires that gun buyers pay for their own background checks administered by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The third and final law reduces the legal maximum magazine size to 15 rounds and prohibits the sale or purchase of magazines greater than 15 rounds.
Gov. Hickenlooper said, "We know that high capacity magazines are used in roughly 30 - 40 percent of police officers killed in the line of duty. We know that of the 62 of the mass shootings over the last 30 years, in half of them, high capacity magazines were crucial."
While some are applauding Hickenlooper for his efforts to protect Colorado citizens, others strongly oppose these bills.
Daniel Lente, owner of Grand Junction's Top Shot, is particularly upset about the magazine limits being put in place.
"Anybody that abides by the law, they're going to say, "Okay, I'm not going to get that (gun)," but criminals are still going to go out and do it," said Lente.
Sheriffs from two counties in Western Colorado have stated they will not uphold the new laws.
Sheriff Garrett Wiggins of Routt County and Tim Jantz of Moffat County say the new laws will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals and punishes the rights of law abiding citizens.
According to the Steamboat Today, both Sheriffs say gun control has been a top concern of their constituents.