DENVER–With Colorado’s newly passed gun-control laws scheduled to take effect Monday, gun-rights advocates are planning to mark the occasion by loading up on ammo.
Free Colorado, a non-profit gun-rights group, is hosting an event Saturday called “‘A Farewell to Arms’ Freedom Festival,” billed as “Colorado’s last chance to celebrate the ability to own standard capacity magazines prior to new Colorado laws taking effect on July 1.”
Organizers of the festival, which starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at Infinity Park in Glendale, say the first 1,500 attendees age 18 and over will receive a free Magpul 30-round ammunition magazine, something that will no longer be legal to buy or sell in Colorado as of Monday.
The Democratic legislature passed a measure limiting ammunition-magazines to 15 rounds, although those who buy them before July 1 will be permitted to keep them.
Attorney David Kopel, who filed a lawsuit against two gun bills on behalf of 55 of the state’s 62 county sheriffs, said he had hoped to win a preliminary injunction to stop portions of the magazine bill from taking effect before July 1.
Instead, District Court Chief Judge Marcia Krieger is scheduled to hear motions on the request for a preliminary injunction at a hearing July 10.
Kopel’s motion challenges the section of the bill that ban firearms “designed to be readily converted” to hold 15 rounds or more, as well as the provision requiring gun owners to be in “continuous possession” of their ammunition magazines.
The Magpul Gen M2 MOE 30-round magazines to be given out at the festival were donated by Magpul Industries, an Erie, Colo., manufacturer that plans to relocate in reaction to the gun-control bills signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in March.
Magpul is also planning to sell ammunition magazines at the festival, with proceeds going toward “the legislative and legal fight for 2A rights in CO,” according to the company’s Facebook page.
The Facebook post also says that Magpul is “hot in the final negotiations for the biggest portion of the move,” adding that the company has already begun manufacturing products out of state in “the new smaller locations.”
“We hope to have a public announcement before the end of July,” said the post.