Gun Lobby Sues Hickenlooper Over Colorado’s New Gun Control Laws

A pro-gun group has filed a lawsuit against Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and the state’s new gun control legislation, the Denver Post reported Tuesday.

The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners organization filed the suit on Sept. 4 in district court, a spokeswoman for the group, Danielle Thompson, told the newspaper. Thompson said the suit claims new laws mandating universal background checks and limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds are unconstitutional. 

“Rocky Mountain Gun Owners will fight to keep the constitutional rights of Coloradans intact by challenging these laws on every front,” the group’s executive director, Dudley Brown, said in a news release, as quoted by the Post. “Two anti-gun Colorado senators were rejected by their constituents last week, and we are now looking to overturn these laws in court.”

Former Colorado Senate President John Morse (D) and state Sen. Angela Giron (D) were both ousted last week in a recall election that drew spending from national groups including the National Rifle Association and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Both Morse and Giron had voted for the new gun control legislation.

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