Democrats on the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee today voted on a party line to kill a Republican bill that would have repealed last year’s unenforceable and onerous magazine limit – HB 13-1224.
In a 3-2 vote, Democrats voted down SB 100 - sponsored by Senator Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs) and Senator Bernie Herpin (R-Colorado Springs) – despite hearing hours of testimony on how the magazine limit is unenforceable, fails to reduce crime, and hurts Colorado’s economy.
“Voters took the unprecedented step of recalling Senate President John Morse last year in protest against these onerous gun laws,” said Senator Bernie Herpin. “It’s unfortunate Democrats haven’t learned their lesson. The magazine limit is not only poor policy, but it is unworkable. It’s driving businesses out of the state and law enforcement officials have testified that the law is impossible to enforce. The founding fathers could not have been clearer about our right to bear arms and as long as I’m in the legislature I will continue to fight for the Constitution and for the rights we are guaranteed in our founding documents.”
In fact, Colorado’s economy has already been hurt by this legislation. Colorado-founded company Magpul announced it will leave the state due to the magazine limit passed in 2013. The company will relocate its shipping center to Cheyenne, Wyoming and its headquarters to Texas. According to Magpul press release, Magpul Industries directly employs 200 people, supports another 400 supply-chain jobs, and contributes over $85 million annually to Colorado’s economy.
HiViz Shooting Systems has also said it is planning on moving its operations to Wyoming “later this year.”
“Senate Democrats and Governor Hickenlooper should be ashamed of their continued assault on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Coloradans,” said Senator Randy Baumgardner. “It’s unacceptable for Denver Democrats to continually push laws that put the public’s safety in danger and harm our state’s economy at such concerning economic times.”
SB 100 is co-sponsored by all 17 members of the Senate Republican Caucus. To read SB 100 in its entirety, please click here.