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CO Gov. Hickenlooper To Sign Gun Bills Into Law on Wednesday

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“With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed”

The above quote, from Abraham Lincoln, is Governor Hickenlooper's favorite quote, per his own website:

That largely describes John’s governing approach as he tackles difficult problems in a bottom-up – and not a top-down – way. It also means gathering stakeholders with diverse opinions, listening and then collaborating to find common ground.

Public sentiment in Colorado happens to be largely against the gun control bills Hickenlooper is slated to sign into law, Wednesday:

Two-thirds of Coloradans (65%) say these new gun control laws won’t reduce crime or make the state any safer, and nearly half (48%) of voters say they would be less likely to vote for their State Senator if he or she supports gun control bills.

But that doesn't matter to Governor Hickenlooper. Nor does the fact that  state's sheriffs publicly pummeled the gun control legislation in testimony before the State Senate. Colorado sheriffs say they will not enforce state gun control laws if enacted.

Last week,  Kyle Clark and Brandon Rittiman of KUSA-TV exposed a huge problem with the magazine ban.

Since convertible magazines are being banned, this would have the effect of banning almost ALL guns in Colorado because almost all gun mags are convertible. 

Magpul Industries released a statement vowing to leave the state if the bill is signed into law:

Apparently Gov Hickenlooper has announced that he will sign HB 1224 on Wednesday. We were asked for our reaction, and here is what we said:

We have said all along that based on the legal problems and uncertainties in the bill, as well as general principle, we will have no choice but to leave if the Governor signs this into law. We will start our transition out of the state almost immediately, and we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first. We expect the first PMAGs to be made outside CO within 30 days of the signing, with the rest to follow in phases.

But enough about public sentiment. The White House needed at least one victory outside of the Northeast in its no holds barred push for sweeping gun control legislation across the country, and Hickenlooper is delivering.

The Denver Post reported: 

Despite a super-sized campaign to get the governor to veto the gun bills, on Wednesday Hickenlooper will sign three gun bills into law: House Bill 1224 limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds; House Bill 1228 requires gun customers to pay for the costs of their own background checks; and House Bill 1229 requires universal background checks.

Senate Republicans in Colorado accuse Hickenlooper of following New York's lead in this assault on the Second Amendment, and they've doctored a New York flag in their Capitol office to illustrate their point.

The coat of arms, though now bears new faces. Hickenlooper's face is on Liberty, the figure with the Revolutionary imagery of a Phrygian cap raised on a pole. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's face is imposed on the figure on the right, the blindfold Justice.

Hickenlooper is up for reelection in 2014.


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