Court Sets Up Potential New Gun Control Showdown

Court Sets Up Potential New Gun Control Showdown

Court Sets Up Potential New Gun Control Showdown

A federal appeals court on Tuesday set up a potential new battle over gun control laws in Colorado after it sent a legal challenge back to a lower court to be dismissed.

Sheriffs from most of Colorado’s 64 counties, gun-rights groups, businesses and individuals sued the state over the gun control laws passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature in 2013.

The laws banned ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds and required universal background checks for firearm transfers.

Democrats led the charge following high-profile mass shooting incidents, including the July 2012 Aurora movie theater massacre, which claimed 12 lives.

The U.S. District Court in Denver ruled in June 2014 that the sheriffs did not have standing to sue in their official capacity, but the case continued. After a two-week civil trial, Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger upheld the 2013 gun laws.

Krieger raised questions as to whether the Second Amendment would apply to the case, suggesting, “The Supreme Court does not equate the Second Amendment ‘right to keep and bear arms’ to guarantee an individual the ‘right to use any firearm one chooses for self-defense.’

“This statute does not prevent the people of Colorado from possessing semiautomatic weapons for self-defense, or from using those weapons as they are designed to function,” Krieger added. “The only limitation imposed is how frequently they must reload their weapons.


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