This is what happens when people who do not know anything about guns try to write restrictive laws on gun ownership: they lack the experience – or perhaps ability – to know when they’ve messed up. Short version: the legislature decided to ban those evil, evil high capacity magazines again. Small problem: Democrats apparently think that history started in 2008, because they didn’t bother to look up certain implications from the federal ‘assault weapons’ ban:
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.
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.”
(Via Drudge) Brophy later noted that this was a problem in the last, essentially useless federal “assault weapons ban:” shotgun manufacturers compensated by changing the barrel, but they’re highly unlikely to do that for just the Colorado market. Hope your shotguns don’t break before you guys get a Republican majority again, folks!
…What, you expect me to show much sympathy? Well, I’m sorry that it happened, but Colorado isn’t Maryland; there was a viable electoral alternative to the current administration. Remember, these are the people that Coloradans voted for, largely because a large part of the Colorado Right are more libertarian-leaning than they are socially conservative, and they decided that they weren’t all that thrilled with putting social conservatives in office. So they put a bunch of Democrats in, instead – and now those Democrats are passing gun bills that ban shotguns (something that social conservatives would not do, by the way). This is, in other words, one of those valuable life lessons that one hears about from time to time.
If it’s painful, well, that just means that it’s working.
PS: The Democratic response to this problem is that they have top men looking into it.