Yesterday afternoon, Democrats introduced the first bill in their promised gun package, which seeks to “prohibit the sale, transfer, or possession of an ammunition feeding device that is capable of accepting, or that can be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition or more than 5 shotgun shells (large-capacity magazine),” according to the legislation. The legislation, sponsored by Democrats State House Rep. Rhonda Fields and State Senator Mary Hodge, makes it a class two misdemeanor for violating the new statute.
The only problem with this new piece of legislation? It’s totally ineffective and that’s coming from Democratic Senate President John Morse. In an interview with CBS4 last month, Morse said, “How does a limit on high-capacity magazines reduce violence?” He also told CBS4 that he’s “not convinced fewer bullets or more background checks are the answer.”
Morse is, ahem, gunning for an assault weapons ban, but it would seem that he’s having a tough time convincing his fellow Democrats. He admits it’s a tough topic – it’s not politically popular, nor is it easy to define an “assault weapon”. As we reported earlier this week, the Democrats have promised an assault weapons ban, but are simply dancing around the concept with the promise of eight new pieces of legislation. So far, the only piece of legislation that Governor Hickenlooper, who notoriously avoids controversy like the plague, has indicated he would support is increased background checks.
It would appear that the Democrats have a long way to go toward passing this and other extreme pieces of gun legislation. If they haven’t even been able to sell the legislation to their caucus when they control the House, the Senate and the Executive branch of Colorado’s government, how will they sell this to Colorado?