It’s that time of year again… the time lowly legislators make their way back to the Golden Dome to create laws that (in theory) are supposed to make our lives better. However, assuming you haven’t lived under a rock for the past decade, you know that’s not the truth… in fact, for many years, Colorado lawmakers have aimed to steal your freedom, not enhance it. This year is no different, and it is gun rights that have fallen in the crosshairs of the radical left.
My team has identified six bills that will likely be proposed this year. Those include ten-day waiting periods for all firearm purchases, raising the age to twenty-five to buy any classification of firearms, expanding our current “red flag” gun confiscation law, allowing localities to ban shooting on private property, a ban on homemade firearms (so-called ‘Ghost Guns’), and the mack daddy of them all, a full-blown ban on manufacturing, importing, purchasing, selling, offering to sell, or transferring ownership of a so-called ‘assault weapon.’
The worst part of all is this isn’t your grandfather’s ‘assault weapons’ ban – targeting just semi-automatic magazine-fed rifles like AR-15s and AK-47s – under the draft our lobbying team has obtained, this ban will restrict the purchase of most semi-automatic pistols and shotguns. You see, they know a full-scale ban on possession is going to be ruled unconstitutional due to the Bruen decision, but the anti-gunners believe this simple ban of purchase and sale will meet constitutional muster. I am here to say it won’t.
Before I dive deeper, it is important to understand the political realities of Colorado, and frankly, it comes with a bit of heartache for gun owners. Anti-gun Democrats hold a supermajority in the House and one vote shy of a supermajority in the Senate. Of course, Governor Polis has recently tried to backpedal any sign of support for this legislation, even though he has signed all eleven anti-gun bills that have gone to his desk during his time as governor. We believe if this bill is introduced, it will pass and be signed into law. With this said, gun owners have two real paths to defeat this legislation.
- Apply enough pressure on members of the legislature that the bill isn’t introduced.
- Sue under the Bruen decision if the bill is passed into law.
I tend to think option two is the most likely path we will be forced into. That is why I have instructed my legal team at RMGO to draft an initial lawsuit and temporary restraining order that will be filed within days of this tyrannical scheme being forced into law. However, this doesn’t come without a cost.
We are projecting the fight against ‘assault weapons’ bans will cost the organization upwards of a million dollars to ultimately end in success. That’s why we are asking all pro-gun patriots to kick in whatever they can afford to help us fight back against this. Even just a couple of dollars goes a long way in the fight for our constitutional freedoms.
In addition to contributing to the legal fund, there are several things you can do to help us fight back, including signing petitions, showing up to the capitol to testify in opposition to the group of bills, calling and emailing your state lawmakers, writing op-eds to your local paper, or simply sharing our calls for action on social media.
I promise RMGO won’t let you down, but it is only with your support that we will prevail.
To learn more about Rocky Mountain Gun Owners or to contribute to the lawsuits, please visit us at RMGO.org. Or sign your petition at RMGO.org/AWB.
About the Author:
Taylor has over a decade of conservative political experience working for organizations such as the Republican National Committee, the 2016 Republican National Convention, the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans, Donald Trump for President, the Colorado Republican Committee, CARLY for America, and countless conservative clients with his political strategy firm, Rhodes Consulting, LLC. Additionally, Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree from Liberty University. Taylor started with RMGO as a contract lobbyist in 2018, where he tirelessly fought against the “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation bill. In 2020, Taylor was appointed as the Executive Director of the organization.
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 enjoyed victories over anti-gun politicians with the support of 200,000 members and grassroots activists statewide.