Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signing gun control bills

Run on Gun Sales as New Laws Take Hold in Colorado

by ALLIE BIDWELL, US News & World Reports  |  published on July 1, 2013

New gun control laws that limit ammunition magazines and require universal background checks take effect Monday in Colorado, despite the pending legal action of gun rights advocates and county sheriffs who are challenging the legislation.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bills into law in March, largely in response to the mass shooting in an Aurora movie theater eight months ago, along with the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., The Denver Post reported. Hickenlooper also signed a third bill that will charge gun customers for background checks.

Colorado is the second state to pass stricter gun control laws after the Newtown shooting. New York passed a law in January that limits ammunition magazines to seven rounds and toughens its assault weapons ban, according to USA Today.

In anticipation of the laws, thousands of Colorado gun rights advocates flocked to firearm manufacturer Magpul Industries this weekend to buy rifles and ammunition that would soon be illegal.

The company urged customers on its Facebook page to celebrate “freedom on the last weekend before the unconstitutional mag ban takes effect.”

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