The Second Amendment will no longer apply in Colorado.
Under a banner of “It’s just common sense,” The White House reported on President Obama’s April 3rd appearance in Colorado to call on Congress to pass more stringent gun control laws. “Every day that we wait to do something about it, even more of our fellow citizens are stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun,” Obama reportedly said.
[pullquote]These bills continue to whittle away at Americans’ Constitutional rights, creating even more fictitious “special categories” wherein a person’s god given freedoms can be revoked by the state.[/pullquote]The speech comes on the heels of Colorado’s Senate passing bill 197 that forces anyone convicted of domestic violence or even anyone subject to a domestic violence protection order to surrender, sell, or transfer all of their guns within 24 hours. Those under such order can also arrange to have their firearms stored with local law enforcement until they are no longer under the protection order. Once guns are remitted, a receipt of relinquishment must be presented to the court.
According to the Denver Post, the bill was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Evie Hudak who says it comes in response to the fact that 13 people were killed by domestic violence offenders with guns in 2011. Hudak was criticized last month for arguing with a rape victim during Senate Judiciary Committee testimony that statistically she would not have been able to defend herself against her attacker had she been allowed to carry her permitted gun on the college campus where she was raped. Hudak later issued an apology.
In the months following the Sandy Hook shooting, Colorado democrats have been busy rushing to produce some of the harshest anti-Second Amendment legislation in the country. In March, five of seven new gun control measures passed, including a ban on so-called high capacity magazines of 15 rounds or more. Once it hits his desk, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has promised to sign it. Another bill that passed requires universal background checks for every gun sold in the state. Yet another requires gun buyers to pay for those background checks. The Colorado Observer reports,”Critics argue that the magazine bill is drafted so carelessly that as it stands, the measure would make it a crime to hand almost any ammunition clip to another person unless that person underwent a background check first.”
It is no secret that domestic abuse protection orders have themselves been abused. While many are necessary for protection to keep abusers at bay, many others have been frivolously, unduly placed out of vindictiveness. “This bill is ripe for abuse,” Colorado Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman pointed out. “It’s ripe for confiscation of personal private property.”
These bills continue to whittle away at Americans’ Constitutional rights, creating even more fictitious “special categories” wherein a person’s god given freedoms can somehow be magically revoked by the state.