Colorado’s ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Moves to Senate

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In a significant legislative move, Colorado’s proposed “assault weapons” ban has cleared the House and is now advancing to the Senate, where it is expected to encounter stiff resistance.

The bill, if passed, would largely ban the sale and transfer of semiautomatic weapons in Colorado, with certain exceptions, joining some 10 other states with similar laws.

FOX31 News reporter Lisa D’Souza provided an update on the bill’s progress.

“This is obviously passed out of the House in kind of a rare Sunday vote here at the Capitol. It passed 35 to 27,” D’Souza noted, highlighting the tight vote and the contentious nature of the debate.

Supporters of the bill, like Rep. Elizabeth Epps (D), have been advocating for this change for months.

“We did it. I’ve been working on this legislatively since November of 2022,” she tweeted, expressing her dedication to the cause.

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In contrast, opponents argue that the measure infringes on citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

“I know what the Second Amendment stands for, and my constituents do as well. It is to protect yourself from overbearing government,” stated Ty WInter (R), the House Minority leader.

Jumping into the fray, the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) strongly criticized the bill.

“This unconstitutional ban on commonly owned firearms is the most anti-gun bill ever passed by the Colorado House,” declared Travis Couture-Lovelady, NRA Colorado State Director.

He further explained that HB24-1292’s broad definition of “assault weapon” includes all semi-automatic rifles, notably America’s most common rifle, the AR-15, and even extends to banning .50 BMG rifles and various firearm parts.

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As the bill now faces its next challenge in the Senate, the state and its legislators brace for more heated discussions.

Gov. Jared Polis (D) has yet to publicly support the measure, raising additional questions about its potential to become law.

“Well, the governor has yet to publicly support a measure like this last year when something similar was brought up, he never offered public support. So a lot of questions. This if it could even potentially get vetoed or not,” D’Souza concluded, pointing to the uncertainty that lies ahead.

With significant implications for the 2A rights in Colorado, the outcome of this anti-gun legislative effort will be closely watched by all sides. Stay tuned!

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  • LJ April 19, 2024, 12:09 pm

    Remember this during election time.

  • brf April 19, 2024, 11:44 am

    So this is really a complete semi-automatic rifle ban, not just a “scary black rifle” ban. Next up will be all semi-auto shotguns, then all semi-auto pistols.
    And the end game is really to ban ALL ownership and confiscate ALL lawfully owned firearms with certain exceptions, in other words cops, private security
    and the politically connected, and the Second Amendment be damned. Pure communism DISGUISED as “common sense public safety measures,”
    straight out of chairman Mao’s red book!

  • Nicholas April 19, 2024, 9:19 am

    Let’s be honest, the so-called pro-2nd community wants nothing to do with stopping these infringements. If they did, they’d read the amendment, the original Constitution, and understand their responsibility to fulfill the Duty imposed by the original Constitution. But therein lies the problem. The Constitution Commands a responsibility of every able-bodied man to bear arms, organize, and train in accordance with the statutes.
    How many want to actually do anything to protect their rights except to complain about corruption instead of preventing it as the Founders deemed “necessary to the security of a free State”?
    There are a couple of articles on Treason by a couple of people who actually know the subject, and want to stop gun control. Seek them out, and learn what can be done.

  • Wade April 19, 2024, 7:40 am

    Did they include a cutout for the police?

    • Brian Miller April 20, 2024, 6:00 pm

      always. Gotta support the jackboots, how else are you going to get them to back the oppression?

    • Brian Miller April 20, 2024, 6:02 pm

      Always. Authoritarians always support the jackboots in these bills as the thugs will be the ones needed for enforcement.

  • bobsyouruncle April 16, 2024, 11:06 pm

    When you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns. So, does this bill prevent car jacking and home invasions, armed robberies?

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment April 16, 2024, 4:15 pm

    it’s not bad guns, just bad people

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