Colorado governor signs gun control measures
March 20th, 2013
12:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Colorado governor signs gun control measures

(CNN) - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday signed three gun-control measures into law, including one that will require universal background checks for gun sales.

The measures also will make buyers pay for their own background checks and limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.

The Colorado laws go into effect July 1.

CNN's Jennifer Feldman and Matt Smith contributed to this report.


Filed under: Colorado • Gun rights
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is what sensible gun legislation looks like America, NRA and you 2nd Amendment loons. Thank you for having courage Gov. Hickenlooper and standing up for the People, not the gun lobby. I still think 15 rounds is too much, but we got to start somewhere.

    March 20, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Martha in CF

    At least one person in government got it right. If a person wants to obtain a gun there should be no issues with that person of having a background check. Hurrah Govenor

    March 20, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Elario

    And Colorado immediately loses 500+ jobs from Pro-Mag. I am hopeful that ammunition and firearm manufacturers start imposing "bans" on the sale of their products in States that have laws that impose upon our rights; and that would include sales to ALL Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement agencies within the State. If gun controls are so good, let's start restrictions with Law Enforcement officials.

    March 20, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Good. This guy has a promising future. Now, cue up the "I'm going to use my guns to defend my guns" crowd....

    March 20, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. sonnie3

    Just like the old country we fled because we were persecuted and required to give up our guns. We have stupid people today that want to do the same. They won't be happy until all guns are taken from john Q public. Then comes the concentration camps just like Hitler had and those not in favor of the Dictator will be put to death. Our fore fathers with blood and lose of life gave up our freedoms and liberties and their are lots of people(especially the young) who have no Idea what made America Great and Strong. Just what part of the 2nd Amendment don't these hypocrite's understand.
    Government officials are sworn to up hold the law, not change it to what ever the wind direction of the day happens to be

    March 20, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Finally some reason interjected. Why doesn't congress do the same? Don't Americans have the right to expect some protective laws from our representatives? Who do they work for, us or the NRA extremists? Don't I have the right to go to the mall, or our kids to go to school, and not be taken out and pulverized by military style weapons. Why can't we expect reason, like background checks and the ban of militarized weaponry? Why?

    March 20, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Good. Let's make this year's election, and next, a referendum on the NRA. This year is the practice run for next year. We need to make "A" ratings from the NRA toxic. I know that is going to hurt some Democrats, which is why many votes on gun control legislation need to be taken *this* year.

    Sen. Reid was correct to separate out the assault weapons ban into a vote separate from the main gun control bill. It gives people to "show their love" for gun control. Onve vote is for the common sense legislation, while the other is more controversial. New NRA voting records need to be established, post Newtown.

    March 20, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Thank you!

    March 20, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Elario

    And Colorado immediately loses 500+ jobs from Pro-Mag. I am hopeful that ammunition and firearm manufacturers start imposing "bans" on the sale of their products in States that have laws that impose upon our rights; and that would include sales to ALL Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement agencies within the State. If gun controls are so good, let's start restrictions with Law Enforcement officials.
    *****************
    If anyone is stupid enough to pass on selling to Law enforcement in CO, what makes you think someone else won't fill that void? Plenty of ammo distributors would jump at the chance to sell to law enforcement.

    March 20, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. just askin

    what good is a background check when all of the ionformation you need to make a good decision isn't required to be in the system? garbage in, garbage out. liberals and democrats refuse to acknowledge that privacy rights prevent adequate background checks and all this is just more bs that will not prevent the next lunatic with mental problems from getting a gun and acting on the voices in his head. all this will do is cost law abiding citizens more money, interfere with their ability to execise their 2nd amendment rights, and not prevent anything that current laws wouldn't already address. just more leftists taking advantage of an event to push their radical anti-2nd amendment political agenda.

    March 20, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Tommy G

    Makes as much sense as their marijuana legalization without laws about driving while under the influence of the stuff. Colorado has become a leftist dope smoking haven. They have caught Californiosis.

    March 20, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. neednewgov

    Finally, a governor and a state legislature with balls. Kudos for taking a stand. And your gun nuts can still buy their toys and keep their 2nd amendment rights.

    March 20, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Canuck

    @sonnie3
    "They won't be happy until all guns are taken from john Q public. Then comes the concentration camps just like Hitler had and those not in favor of the Dictator will be put to death"

    You Sir are a lunatic.

    March 20, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    sonnie3

    Just like the old country we fled because we were persecuted and required to give up our guns. We have stupid people today that want to do the same. They won't be happy until all guns are taken from john Q public. Then comes the concentration camps just like Hitler had and those not in favor of the Dictator will be put to death. Our fore fathers with blood and lose of life gave up our freedoms and liberties and their are lots of people(especially the young) who have no Idea what made America Great and Strong. Just what part of the 2nd Amendment don't these hypocrite's understand.
    Government officials are sworn to up hold the law, not change it to what ever the wind direction of the day happens to be
    -------

    Reynolds Wrap called. The new shipment of tin foil just arrived. Better get there fast or you'll miss your chance to participate in the paranoid/delusional conference where everyone wears a hat like yours.....

    March 20, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. wwf

    One cannot fix stupid, so I will not even try. However, I own guns and do not have a problem with this type of legislation. If I want to purchase another gun, which more than likely will, I have no problem with going through a background check. I guess you have more of a problem with understanding the 2nd amendment more than I do. I guess it is all about you isn't it.

    March 20, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. What is wrong with america

    The problem has never been guns, heck I locked my .45 up and the damn thing broke out of his ropes, unlocked the door went down town and shot 3 people!!! Its the mentallity of people and NO ONE on the LEFT is seeing this, just another FAILED mindset to a problem in this country.

    March 20, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. steve

    The test will be if he wins reelection .

    March 20, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. MrBeenThere

    How funny can this get........... the NRA gun nut wacko's "OMG" the fed's are gonna take our guns. And one of there taking points is let each state control the issue, So what happens they do but not in there favor HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ... wait for it.............................that the the trash talk begin...........

    March 20, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "liberals and democrats refuse to acknowledge that privacy rights prevent adequate background checks "

    Nope. Wrong again. Gov't has every power/authority to say "if you want it, you divulge the following info...don't wanna tell us, then you don't get a gun." Privacy rights do, however, prevent you from banning abortion...or enacting legislation with that intent but thinly veiling it as something else. Suck on that.

    March 20, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Greg in Arkansas

    To all the 2nd Amendment loons....how about the TSA follow the NRA gun policies when they protect the flying public.
    No background checks, carry-ons limited to what-ever you can afford....I want to feel safe when I fly AND safe at the movies, Mall, school, work place, etc....Keeping some nut from purchasing a gun should be everyone's desire and if you oppose background checks, how do you plan to keep guns from the nutz?

    March 20, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Paul

    At least one governor is listening to the people.

    "Great job Colorado"

    March 20, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. WiredweirdinSF

    Greg, we could save billions of dollars, we would not have more union members having money taken from them to reelect the most incompetent, corrupt, lying president we have ever had. The market would take care of the problem, something democrat liberals just don't get. If TSA went away, the private sector would find a less expensive and more effective alternative.

    March 20, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Its the mentallity of people and NO ONE on the LEFT is seeing this, just another FAILED mindset to a problem in this country."

    What don't you understand about making laws that help reduce the chance, somuch as is humanly and reasonbaly possible, of guns ending up in the hands of criminals and the mentally ill? Registration of guns and gun transactions is a reasonable and sane step in that direction and no, it won't result in and is not the precursor to UN black helicopters landing in your yard and scary foreigners hopping out to take away your weapons. Thorough background checks for EVERY gun transaction is also a sane and reasonable step in the direction of reducing the likelihood of guns ending up in the wrong hands. Will there still be thefts of guns? Illegal transactions? Secret, under-the-table, black market deals? Attempts to straw purchase? Yep. Just like every law that's ever existed has had people who still try to ignore it and break it. However, what they do achieve is a reduction in the prohibitted behavior...provided that they are comprehensive and universal in application, enforcement and coverage. But of course, all of this is moot, because "OMG THEY"RE TRYING TO TAKE YOUR GUNS AND SELL YOUR CHILDREN TO CHINA AND MAKE YOU ALL SLAVES TO THE BROWN PEOPLE WHO ARE TAKING OVER TEH COUNTRY!!!!!" or some such pathological vomit.

    March 20, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. rs

    Wow, a full-fledged freak-out from the Right today. Colorado's new public safety laws are a model for the nation. Somehow, someway, the funneling of guns to criminals and terrorists and nutcases has to stop, and background checks and clip size reduction makes a great deal of sense to more than 90% of Americans.No one's rights are being trampled (except for the aforementioned criminals, terrorists and nutcases).
    Stop spouting the blather from the NRA , Crazy Wayne and the weapons industry.

    March 20, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -WiredweirdinSF

    Greg, we could save billions of dollars, we would not have more union members having money taken from them to reelect the most incompetent, corrupt, lying president we have ever had. The market would take care of the problem, something democrat liberals just don't get. If TSA went away, the private sector would find a less expensive and more effective alternative.
    *************
    Explain how the power of the marketplace is going to keep me safe, as opposed to a government agency tasked with airline safety? Should we rely on private militias for national security? Worked out real well in Somalia.

    March 20, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |