Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Gain Ground in Legal Action
TRO issued by Federal Judge Charlotte Sweeney stems directly from RMGO’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Boulder County’s gun control ordinance.
August 30, 2022
DENVER, CO – Today, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the enforcement of Boulder County Ordinance 2022-5 which bans the sale, transfer, and manufacture of “Assault Weapons” and standard capacity magazines, a nearly identical ruling by a different federal judge against the city of Superior.
Two weeks ago, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners [RMGO] filed lawsuits against Boulder County and the cities of Louisville and Boulder challenging the constitutionality of the laws and arguing citizens’ right to keep and bear arms is being directly infringed upon.
“We are on fire, we just can’t stop winning in the courts,” exclaimed Taylor Rhodes, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. “Because of the correctly decided Bruen decision authored by Justice Thomas this summer, the floodgates are open, and we are taking back the rights that evil tyrants stole from us. All judges, no matter their political persuasion, will be forced to rule that our right to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed – and that’s exactly why this TRO was issued,” concluded Rhodes.
Shortly after her ruling, it was announced that Superior, Louisville, Boulder City, and Boulder County, all requested to consolidate the four cases into one. They have also agreed to suspend enforcement of their “assault weapon” and standard capacity magazine bans, pending the final decision on the injunction.
Judge Sweeney noted that simply violating a Constitutional right qualifies as irreparable harm, and then remarked that the potentially unconstitutional nature of the ordinance outweighs public interest. Finally, Judge Sweeney considered our likelihood of winning on merit, and to this end, Sweeney stated RMGO will have a “substantial likelihood” of winning on merit.
“Gun owners in Colorado are sick and tired of being treated like second-class citizens and having gun control shoved down our throats,” said Dudley Brown, President of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. “And now we’re armed with a Supreme Court decision which allows us to defend our Second Amendment rights by exercising our First Amendments rights to the fullest extent – suing government officials. And honestly, nothing makes me happier than dropping a scathing lawsuit right in their authoritarian laps. We will sue any town, city, or county who continues to trample on our natural rights,” concluded Brown.
If the consolidation of cases is granted, a hearing for the Preliminary Injunction will begin in January 2023.
A copy of the TRO against the enforcement of Ordinance 2022-5 can be found here: https://bit.ly/3RnYTrU
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.