A group of about 50 protesters gathered on the steps of the Colorado capital yesterday afternoon to openly break the law. Yesterday new gun laws went into effect in the state including a magazine ban.
“Everyone was asked to pull out their magazines and start passing them the the left,” said one of the protesters. “With each pass of a magazine, we were breaking the law. We passed magazines for about a minute and when told to stop, we were informed that magazines we had in our hands now belonged to us. We broke the law about 15 times within a minute.”
Time will tell if any law enforcement officers intend to apply this law. At this protest, in front of journalists and reporters, it clearly seemed unnecessary or just bad press.
Violation of the law is a class 2 misdemeanor, which is punishable with a three- to 12-month jail sentence and up to $1,000 in fines.
The new gun laws are already causing some confusion. For example, a pawn shop in Longmont, Colorado, is unsure if they can legally return pawned guns with magazines with greater than 15-round capacities to their original owners.
“I could go to jail,” said Grandpa’s Pawn and Guns’ owner Rod Brandenburg to the Denver Channel. “If we violate them, knowingly, I could go to jail. I could have several financial penalties and I could have my rights to own a gun revoked for two years, which could put me out of business.”
Brandenburg contacted law enforcement including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for guidance to no avail. ”I’ve had no feedback; we’ve had no instruction. We don’t know where we sit right now, as far as the pawn aspect.”
Residents of Colorado are petitioning to directly overturn the magazine capacity limit.