Thursday, July 7, 2022
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Files Lawsuit Against Town of Superior
Joined by The National Association for Gun Rights and National Foundation for Gun Rights, RMGO sues over the proposed magazine and semi-automatic rifle ban.
DENVER, CO – Today, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) filed a lawsuit against the Town of Superior, Colorado, for their ban on standard capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, explicitly states that the ordinance is unconstitutional in nature, and does not hold up to the text and tradition of the Second Amendment.
RMGO is joined in the lawsuit by partner organizations, the National Association for Gun Rights and the National Foundation for Gun Rights.
“Superior’s anti-gun ordinance flies directly in the face of our right to keep and bear arms, and we’re not going to stand idly by and let this town – or any other rogue government – trample on our right to self-defense,” said Taylor Rhodes, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.
“We affirm that standard capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles are protected under the Second Amendment, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that owning and carrying firearms is an individual, incorporated, and enumerated right. Superior’s anti-gun ordinance is historically and constitutionally bankrupt. Frankly, last month’s Bruen decision gave gun rights organizations a 4-ton wrecking ball to dismantle gun laws that we have known to be unconstitutional since their conception. If you think this stops in the small town of Superior, you are mistaken; this has the potential to hold much broader implications,” said Rhodes.
In the landmark Bruen decision last month, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected “intermediate scrutiny” – the cost/benefit analysis framework that allowed lower courts to rule against the Second Amendment – and established that the standard for applying the Second Amendment is the text, history, and tradition of the right to keep and bear arms; thereby, invalidating the lower court rulings’ justification for gun control.
Most of the gun control laws in Colorado were previously validated through “intermediate scrutiny,” whereby lower courts held up the aggressive gun-control schemes passed at the state and now local level. Due to the Supreme Court’s rulings, these laws are now rightly in jeopardy.
“Given the Bruen decision, the ludicrous ordinances passed by Superior, Boulder, Boulder County, and frankly, the 2013 Colorado standard capacity magazine ban are all just waiting to be challenged,” said Dudley Brown, President of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and the National Association for Gun Rights. “None should be able to withstand the new rules established by Justice Clarence Thomas.”
“In light of the Bruen decision, towns like Superior cannot pass unconstitutional gun grabs because they’re prodded by the woke mob. Our lawsuit rightly argues that local-level gun bans do not hold up to the text, history, and tradition of the right to keep and bear arms,” continued Brown.
The full text of the lawsuit filed in federal court can be viewed here: https://rmgo.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Complaint_RMGO_Superior_Lawsuit.pdf
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is a 501(c)(4) organization headquartered in Loveland, Colorado, with a mission to hold politicians accountable and achieve maximum liberty for an individual to defend themselves, their family, and their property without having to ask the government for permission to do so. Since its founding in 1996, RMGO has led the fight against anti-gun politicians with the support of 200,000 members and grassroots activists statewide.