Gun Rights Backers Launch Drive to put ‘Ammo Amendment’ on 2014 Ballot

July 1, 2013
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The amendment effort comes as the latest example of the backlash against the state legislature's push to restrict access to firearms

The effort comes as the latest example of the backlash against the legislature’s push to restrict access to firearms

GLENDALE–Call it the ammo amendment:  Organizers began circulating petitions Saturday for a proposed Colorado constitutional amendment that would require voters to approve any restrictions on ammunition-magazine capacity.

Volunteers for Put it to the People, the petition group, collected more than 1,000 signatures at Saturday’s Free Colorado festival at Infinity Park.

The group needs to turn in 86,105 valid signatures by Dec. 28 to place the measure on the November 2014 ballot.

So far the group plans to use volunteers only to circulate petitions, instead of paid signature-gatherers. The goal is to collect 124,000 signatures, said organizer Tim LeVier.

“It’s too early to tell our chances, but we think we can succeed,” said LeVier in an email. “There’s a lot of people out there that are excited about ensuring that we have a vote if the legislature should attempt to limit magazines again in the future.”

The amendment effort comes as the latest example of the backlash against the state legislature’s push to restrict access to firearms and ammunition in the wake of two 2012 mass shootings, including the Aurora theater shooting that left 12 dead.

Three gun-control measures become law today, including House Bill 1224, which prohibits the sale or transfer of ammunition magazines containing more than 15 rounds. The bill is also the subject of a lawsuit filed by 55 of the state’s 62 county sheriffs.

The proposed amendment reads: “No law, except a law enacted by the vote of the people, shall limit or restrict the right of the people to purchase or possess ammunition storage and feeding devices of any capacity.”

Organizers submitted petition language in March, but they wound up in a court battle after two men, including a leader of Hunters Against Gun Violence, challenged the petition language, calling it “ambiguous” and “misleading.”

The tussle wound up going to the Colorado Supreme Court, which affirmed the title board’s decision in a June 7 ruling.

Representing the challengers was Democratic attorney Mark Grueskin, according to the Colorado Statesman, who is also serving as the legal muscle for groups challenging the recalls of state Sens. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) and John Morse (D-Colorado Springs).

Meanwhile, Put it to the People has all the earmarks of a grassroots effort, collecting $2,230 in contributions as of April 15, according to the group’s financial-disclosure report.

The effort is garnering support from critics of H.B. 1224, but organizers are quick to point out that the proposed amendment is not designed specifically to repeal the magazine bill.

“It’s never clear what the full effect of a law like this will be, but because we don’t have any ‘repeal’ language, it may not have any effect on these current laws,” said Put it to the People in a Facebook post. “What is certain is that it will protect against future laws. So, if the sheriffs are successful with their lawsuit, the legislature won’t be given a ‘do-over.’”

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6 Responses to Gun Rights Backers Launch Drive to put ‘Ammo Amendment’ on 2014 Ballot

  1. Kate Stonehedge
    July 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Use caution with these things. A failure would be worse than doing nothing.

    I’d suggest the energy and money that would go into this sort of thing would be better spent removing Democrats from the elected offices all over Colorado.

    Colorado has one chance to avoid becoming “Kalifornia in the Rockies,” and that is to eliminate Democrat power in the 2014 elections. Anything less, any diversion from that will be a failure.

    The gun laws are a symptom, not the disease. The disease is the Leftwing, nanny state big government stuff of the Democrats. The gun over-reach was only one of the bad things that Hickenlooper and the rest of the Democrats did to the people of Colorado. If they aren’t removed from power, they will continue to do worse things to everyone.

    • Rob Harris
      July 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Kate, We the People MUST fight back against the legislative machine. Power resides with the PEOPLE. Many people said the same thing to me that you are saying to them before I began the Recall Morse campaign. Folks are certainly glad I did not listen to the naysayers. Perhaps if people like yourself stepped up and helped collect signatures, we could be successful in more of these endeavors.

      • Kate
        July 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        Silly Rabbit, it doesn’t matter how you think things are.. What matters is what you can REALLY do.

        The “power” doesn’t reside in the people if they cannot seize it and wield it.

        Falling on your face doesn’t make you a “heroic” person for trying, it makes you an idiot while the bad guys take your lunch.

        Stop leading with your heart or gonads and instead, put your brain in gear.

        If the people of Colorado stop the Democrat plague, then they can do all of the wonderful things you want and then some. If they don’t, they are screwed and all of your marvelous thoughts are just so much hot air.

      • SPQR
        July 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm

        Kate has a good point. If an initiative is qualified for the ballot but is defeated, then the gun control activists can cite that as popular support for their agenda.

        That would be a big PR disaster.

        If the effort does not have a large sum of money available for TV ads to offset the huge amount of negative TV coverage it will get, it can’t pass.

        Kate is not a naysayer, she’s someone thinking strategically. Which the initiative organizers are not.

  2. Robyn Parker
    July 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Where do I sign?

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