SAF Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Challenge To Colorado Gun Control

SAF Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Challenge To Colorado Gun Control
SAF Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Challenge To Colorado Gun Control

BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation has joined in an amicus brief to the Colorado State Supreme Court in support of a case that challenges Centennial State gun control laws including the ban on so-called “high capacity” magazines.

SAF joins the Firearm Policy Coalition, Firearm Policy Foundation, and Millennial Policy Center. The case is known as Sternberg v. Colorado.

The Colorado General Assembly adopted a ban on so-called “large capacity ammunition magazines” as part of a sweeping gun control push that year. That statute is being challenged by the lawsuit.

“This is an important case because it is testing state gun laws against Colorado’s strong right-to-keep-and-bear-arms state constitutional provision,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Our brief provides a historical examination of why the right was specifically protected by the state constitution and applies that to today’s context.”

The 28-page brief was prepared by noted Second Amendment civil rights attorney Joseph Greenlee, and it discusses the history of firearms development that adds an important context to arguments that the state constitution’s framers had no concept of rapid-fire repeating rifles. The amicus brief shows that to be historical nonsense, Gottlieb observed.

“Anti-gunners are constantly arguing that there is no historical support for protecting modern repeating firearms,” he explained, “and our brief provides proof that repeating rifles capable of holding 15 or more cartridges were in existence long before Colorado became a state in 1876. The framers of Colorado’s constitution knew exactly what they were doing.

“Frankly,” Gottlieb stated, “joining in this brief has been a delight, not only because we enjoy working with our colleagues, but also because it offers SAF an opportunity to add a historical perspective to this discussion.”


Second Amendment FoundationThe Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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Mr. Bill
Mr. Bill
1 year ago

Only one question needs to be asked. Can a non-military government agency such as ATF possess the item? If yes, then it should be available to the public.

Gunner98
Gunner98
1 year ago

Here in Marxssachusetts, only police and active military (NG/Resv.) are allowed “standard” capacity magazines. Anyone else possessing one is considered a felon. State argues that no more than 10 rds are needed for hunting or self defense. Can’t hunt here with a rifle (except bear and squirrel).
Guess you’re officially screwed if you’re attacked by 11 MS-13 gangbangers. Hopefully more bans will be overturned, giving legal legs to opposition to draconian laws here.

Robert Messmer
Robert Messmer
1 year ago
Reply to  Gunner98

Any law preventing you from having two weapons at a time?

Rocky Mountain
Rocky Mountain
1 year ago

30 Colorado County Sheriffs support citizens rights and Colorado Sheriffs have fought the mag ban for the entire time it has been in existence. Some Sheriffs are from gun sanctuary counties but not all sanctuary county Sheriffs are listed here as on board with fighting the mag ban. On the ground here gun owners know who is on their side and to what extent by the different things they are supporting. The mag ban has been largely unenforceable for various reasons that I wont divulge.

https://pagetwo.completecolorado.com/2019/06/04/thirty-colorado-sheriffs-join-in-opposing-colorados-gun-magazine-ban-before-the-state-supreme-court/

Guesty McGuesterson
Guesty McGuesterson
1 year ago

Put Judge Benitez (Federal judge who gave Californians “Freedom Week”) on it.

Rocky Mountain
Rocky Mountain
1 year ago

What is also relevant is that Hickenlooper signed this unconstitutional bill into law then stated after the fact he didn’t know what he was signing because an intern sneaked it under his pen without his knowledge and furthermore Hickenstooper is on video record while Governor stating he supports gun confiscation saying citizens can be protected by the state that armed citizenry is not required for public safety that we have no right to firearms. He’s a scumbag so to get rid of him we sent him to Trump for an ass whooping. Will be nothing left of him soon enough.… Read more »

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
1 year ago

Of course, the NRA is nowhere to be seen on this case.