Friday, March 22, 2013

Colorado Backfire

March 22, 2013

Colorado BackfireThis is what is known as a Colorado Backfire I believe. In an over-reaching, liberty-killing effort by liberal-minded, do-gooder lawmakers to curtail gun ownership in Colorado, stats and figures indicate that the number of gun owners (or at least new guns in the hands of gun owners) in the state has virtually exploded. These numbers just refer to firearm sales and transfers that require a background check. Under current law only retail and gun show sales require a background check.

The universal background check legislation just signed into law yesterday does not go into effect until July 1 today. Yes, effective today - actually, the 20th.

Source: HB-1228 went into effect on March 20, 2013. It requires a $10.00 fee to be collected during the sale of a firearm in Colorado.

Using my best Rod Serling Twilight Zone voice -- Imagine, if you will... how many private transfers have occurred in the last sixty days or so.

Since the start of 2013, the number of criminal background checks for gun purchases in Colorado jumped 112 percent over the same period last year.

Between January to February 2012, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation processed 48,780 background checks, compared with 103,381 this year.

Digression: It's just an observation - the population of Colorado is estimated at just over five million. I wonder how many of those millions are free-thinking, gun toters? Fortunately, for now - Colorado Law prohibits gun registration so the number on that is a complete ???unknown???. The governor does not believe they amount to much nor does he believe they will have an impact on his re-election. Hmmm...

In my limited experience of the "banning" of things (books, music, movies, alcohol, tobacco and now guns) the result is never what the censor (in this case lawmakers and their do-gooder minions) had in mind. Never. It cannot work without further legislation and sooner or later the governor is going to have to retract these ill-fated words about gun owners, Not only do they not represent the middle, I don't think they represent the Republican party. I don't think they represent a large number of people.

What gun owners do represent is freedom-loving political dissent - the kind that built this country.

Read more: Background checks for gun purchases in Colorado moves to Hickenlooper's desk - March 15, 2013

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