DENVER (CBS4) – A popular hunting shotgun could be banned under one of the bills moving through the state Capitol.
A pump or semi-automatic shotgun is the gun most hunters in Colorado
use. It’s a gun state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, says could be banned
under a bill that’s already passed the House and Gov. John Hickenlooper
says he’ll sign.
“They’re coming after the standard shotgun,” Brophy told CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd.
Brophy says if Democrats succeed in passing a bill limiting large
capacity magazines in Colorado, they’ll outlaw the most popular selling
firearm for hunting.
“Hundreds of thousands of pheasant hunters are probably going to be
carrying around a gun they won’t be able to replace after July 1 this
year,” he said.
Brophy points to a section of the bill that defines a high-capacity
magazine as one capable of accepting or — that can be readily converted —
to accept more than 15 rounds or eight shotgun shells.
“This is where shotgun shells go inside this tube here,” Brophy
showed Boyd, “You can screw this part off the top and screw on an
extender to this tube to allow it to hold more than eight rounds. It is
readily convertible, which by definition in the bill, makes the whole
thing a high-capacity magazine.”
Under the 1994 federal ban manufacturers redesigned the gun so the
barrel couldn’t be extended. Brophy says it’s unlikely they’d do the
same just for Colorado.
“I don’t know if anybody is going to make guns specifically for the
five million people living in Colorado,” he said. “We just might not be
able to legally purchase a pump shotgun or a semi-automatic shotgun.”
Or sell, transfer or even lend one.
“The law is specific as of July 1. You can keep it, but only if you
maintain continuous possession of it,” Brophy said. “If it breaks, you
can’t give to a gunsmith even to fix it. You can’t hand it to your son
to use. It’s all now outlawed because of this 1224, the bill that Gov.
Hickenlooper says he’s going to sign … this is most extreme thing
anybody’s ever done related to firearms.”
Boyd asked Senate Democrats about Brophy’s concerns. They sent her a
statement saying an amendment dealing with thats issue is currently
being drafted and will be presented in a committee hearing Monday. What
that amendment looks like and whether it passes remains to be seen.
Seven gun bills are up for hearings in the Senate on Monday.
My husband does small arms repair as a hobby/small business. He's studying gunsmithing and we want to open a smithing business when he finishes school. There are 3 bills controlling guns in the state Senate right now and the combo group makes me feel sick some days, like we chose the wrong decade to start a new business in. :-(