Colorado Gun Groups|Will Appeal Ruling

     DENVER (CN) – The Colorado Farm Bureau and others will appeal to the 10th Circuit a federal judge’s June ruling that found Colorado’s new gun regulations constitutional.
     Colorado Outfitters Association et al. filed an Entry of Appearance with the 10th Circuit on Aug. 12.
     Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two gun control statutes into law in March 2013. They include a ban on the sale of large-capacity magazines, and require universal background checks before a gun sale or transfer.
     Two months later, dozens of people and organizations including the Colorado Farm Bureau, sued Hickenlooper and state government agencies, claiming the laws violated the Second and 14th Amendments and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
     U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger ruled in June that the laws do not violate any part of the Second or 14th Amendments, nor the Americans with Disabilities Act.
     Krieger found that the U.S. Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Heller, found that the Second Amendment grants citizens the right to self-defense but does not guarantee the right to choose the type of gun they use.
     Colorado Farm Bureau attorney Richard Westfall said in an interview that Krieger did not fully examine the problems associated with the gun regulations.
     “We feel the judge did not hold the state’s feet to the fire,” Westfall said. “The judge did not nearly consider the burdens of these laws.”
     Westfall indicated that he and other pro-gun attorneys will file their trial briefs this fall.

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