Stores across Colorado are pulling high-capacity magazines off their shelves. A new law that took effect Monday limits magazines to 15 rounds and some people are already deliberately breaking the law.
The law requires background checks on all gun sales, including private ones.
“We want to, today, to test how this law functions; demonstrate that it is not enforceable,” a demonstrator told the crowd.
The new laws prompted about two dozen opponents of increased gun control to gather at the state Capitol on Monday at midday in protest. Many swapped and sold high-capacity magazines in plain view of police officers, daring them to make an arrest.
“Well, we just broke that law, I’ve got to assume, several times in just a minute,” rally organizer Ryan Tulega said.
Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mike Baker said they didn’t make any arrests, but they monitored the protest closely.
“We understand why they’re here. The permit is very clear. We’ve dealt with this group before and we’ve not had any issues,” Baker said.
Law enforcement stood by and watched, admitting the law isn’t clear cut.
“We’re actively trying to seek that clarification and get more information as days go by,” Baker said.
“The government knows it’s unenforceable, it’s feel good legislation,” Tulega said.
Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, disagrees and warned that the activists got a pass on Monday.
“Well, this is day one and think there’s a lot more opportunities and a lot more education that’s going to happen in law enforcement community over next several days to make sure that if there is illegal conduct with respect to magazines, those laws will indeed be enforced,”
There are some law enforcement officials who are against the ammo limit. More than 50 sheriffs from across the state will take their case to federal court next week.