May 17, 2013 4:48 PM by Andy Koen

Attorney General eager for ruling on gun laws

DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said in a statement today he believes the people of Colorado deserve a speedy a decision over the controversial new gun control laws.

The sheriffs from 54 Colorado Counties filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court this morning over the high capacity magazine ban (HB-1224) and the expanded background check requirement for gun sales and transfers (HB-1229).

"In defending the lawsuit as counsel for the state, the objective of the Attorney General's Office will be to get court rulings on the legality of various aspects of the legislation as expeditiously as possible," Suthers said. "Colorado citizens, and law-abiding gun owners in particular, deserve such clarification."

Suthers also released a letter drafted by his office to the Colorado Department of Public Safety offering guidance to officers on how to interpret the language of HB-1224. That letter is expected to be circulated among various law enforcement agencies in the state.

It suggests high-capacity magazine owners who were grandfathered in under the law could still lock those items in the truck, hand them to a gunsmith for service or lend them to a friend at the shooting range.

The new gun control laws are set to take effect July 1.


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