Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Sues Over Unconstitutional Three-Day Minimum Waiting Periods and the 18 To 20-Year-Old Gun Ban.
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners makes good on months-old promises by filing lawsuits against unconstitutional gun control expansions across Colorado.
April 28, 2023
DENVER, CO – Today, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners [RMGO] filed two lawsuits against Jared Polis and the State of Colorado over HB23-1219, the unconstitutional minimum waiting period requirements surrounding purchasing a firearm, and SB23-169, which denies the constitutionally protected right to purchase, own, and possess a firearm to legal adults between the ages of eighteen and twenty.
Members of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners joined as plaintiffs in the lawsuits – challenging the constitutionality of the newly enacted laws, arguing that their right to keep and bear arms are being directly infringed upon by over-reaching politicians in Denver.
“For the last few months, I’ve traveled the state promising our members we would sue over these unconstitutional gun control schemes, and today as the governor signs them into law, we are making good on our promises,” said Taylor Rhodes, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. “Gun owners’ rights are being ravaged in the Colorado legislature by the puppets of Everytown for Gun Control and Michael Bloomberg. And they will not be happy until all law-abiding gun owners are disarmed, and only the criminals have guns. When a single mother is being harassed by a violent, abusive former partner, the Democrats at the Capitol think it is fine to make her wait at least three days to defend herself and her baby. And if she is twenty, these gun control fanatics insist she is completely defenseless,” 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 case, 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.
“Gun control extremists think they can play fast and loose with our constitutionally protected freedoms because of their large majorities, but as we have promised, we will not let that happen,” said Dudley Brown, President of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. “The idea that an 18-year-old can vote, serve on a jury that could send someone to jail for life, sign contracts, own property, and even be drafted into our nation’s military, but not be able to purchase a basic hunting rifle is asinine. Regardless of age, sex, race, religion, or creed, rights are rights and can’t be cherry-picked by bigoted politicians,” concluded Brown.
The full text of the lawsuits filed can be found at the following hyperlinks:
Additionally, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is strongly considering lawsuits against SB23-168 and SB23-170.
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 more than 200,000 members and grassroots activists statewide.