Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

Federal judge blocks new Colorado law setting gun purchase age at 21

August 8, 2023, 9:29 am
Taylor Rhodes, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (Kevin Mohatt photo for Colorado Newsline).

A new Colorado law prohibiting the sale of guns to anyone under the age of 21 was put on hold by a federal judge on Monday, the day it was scheduled to go into effect.

Judge Philip Brimmer of the U.S. District Court of Colorado issued a preliminary injunction against Senate Bill 23-169, enacted by Democratic majorities in the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis in April.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a right-wing gun-rights advocacy group, filed suit against Polis over the law in federal court earlier this year, alleging that it violates the 2nd Amendment.

Brimmer, who was appointed to his District Court seat by former Republican President George W. Bush in 2008, wrote in his ruling that Colorado failed to demonstrate that the new law is “consistent with the Nation’s historical tradition of firearms regulation.”

“The Court finds that the Individual Plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success on the merits on the question of whether the Second Amendment applies to 18-to-20 year olds,” Brimmer wrote.

In a statement released last week, ahead of the law’s scheduled effective date on Monday, state Sen. Kyle Mullica, a Democrat from Thornton and one of the bill’s sponsors, said that SB-169 will “reduce gun violence and save lives all across our state.”

“Gun deaths in Colorado have been climbing higher and higher every year, and a disproportionate number of them are committed by younger Coloradans,” Mullica said. Experts say evidence suggests that minimum-age laws are especially effective in reducing youth suicides.

SB-169 was part of a package of four gun control bills enacted by Colorado Democrats this year, alongside measures to impose a three-day waiting period for gun purchases, expand the state’s Extreme Risk Protection Order law and make it easier for gun violence survivors to sue the gun industry.

Monday’s injunction will halt the law’s enforcement while the case is heard in federal court. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has also filed a challenge against the waiting-period law.

“Since the day this legislation was introduced, we knew it was unconstitutional,” Taylor Rhodes, director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, said in a statement. “RMGO warned the bill sponsors this would quickly be struck down by a federal judge. Today, our crystal ball became a reality. But it doesn’t stop here. We won’t stop fighting until every single unconstitutional anti-gun law is struck down.”

Editor’s note: This story first appeared on Colorado Newsline, which is part of States Newsroom, a network of news bureaus supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Colorado Newsline maintains editorial independence. Contact Editor Quentin Young for questions: info@coloradonewsline.com. Follow Colorado Newsline on Facebook and Twitter.

2 Responses to Federal judge blocks new Colorado law setting gun purchase age at 21

  1. Steve Miller Reply

    August 9, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    I got my first shotgun a 20 gauge Ted Williams semiautomatic at the age of twelve. Needless to say I hope this new law is rejected. This is just one of the many reasons I can’t vote for Democrats.

    • David O. Williams Reply

      August 10, 2023 at 9:39 am

      The following exceptions are included in the new law:
      Attending a hunter’s education or firearms safety course;
      Engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting where authorized;
      Engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm;
      Hunting, trapping, taking, or killing wildlife as allowed by law; or
      Participating in a bona fide shooting class, training, or sanctioned event, under the supervision of a peace officer or a person who is 25 years of age or older and is a certified hunter education or firearms training instructor;
      Participating in an accredited gunsmithing course;
      Traveling with an unloaded firearm to any of the exceptions listed;
      Serving as an active member of the United States armed forces;
      Serving as a peace officer or certified by the P.O.S.T. board; or
      Being at least 18 years of age when this bill was enacted in 2023.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *