Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Refiles Lawsuit Challenging Colorado’s Unconstitutional Firearms Waiting Periods
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners makes good on months-old promises by refiling a lawsuit against the recently enacted minimum three-day waiting period scheme, arguing the constitutionally of the law.
Sunday, October 01, 2023
DENVER, CO – Today, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners [RMGO] has roared back into the legal arena by refiling its lawsuit against Colorado’s recently enacted HB23-1219, the egregious law that requires a minimum three-day waiting period to purchase a firearm. RMGO stands resolute in its mission to protect the fundamental Second Amendment rights of all peaceable Coloradans.
“Enough is enough! We will not bow down to unconstitutional infringements on our Second Amendment freedoms. We’ve reloaded our legal arsenal and are ready to take on this absurd waiting period that does nothing but trample on the rights of peaceable gun owners. We will not let tyranny prevail,” Rocky Mountain Gun Owners’ Executive Director Taylor Rhodes declared in an unapologetically assertive statement. “Today, gun owners are feeling the wrath of Colorado’s anti-gun politicians, and my goal is to stop them using the legal precedent set in last year’s Bruen decision. This unconstitutional delay of acquiring firearms must not stand,” Rhodes continued.
RMGO and its members are funding the lawsuit, challenging their constitutionality in light of the recent Supreme Court decision NYSRPA v. Bruen.
In the Bruen decision, the 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.
In this case, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is joined by Alicia Garcia, a plaintiff in the lawsuit and a prominent female firearm instructor and a pro-gun social media influencer.
RMGO’s legal challenge argues that HB23-1219, which took effect today, violates the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution by imposing unnecessary and burdensome delays on law-abiding citizens seeking to exercise their right to bear arms.
The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment that the “Waiting Period Act” is unconstitutional, along with temporary and permanent injunctive relief to prevent its enforcement. RMGO’s legal team, led by attorney Barry K. Arrington, aims to secure remedies available under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses under 42 U.S.C. § 1988, in addition to any other relief deemed necessary by the court.
With its unwavering commitment to preserving the rights of Colorado residents, RMGO continues to lead the charge against unconstitutional firearm regulations, leaving no room for compromise when it comes to safeguarding the Second Amendment.
The full text of the lawsuit and supporting documents can be found at the following hyperlink: https://bit.ly/46wmrCz
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is a 501(c)(4) organization headquartered in Littleton, 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 more than 200,000 members and grassroots activists statewide.