Gun rights group sues Colorado governor over new laws

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Colorado’s largest state-based gun lobbying group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. John Hickenlooper over the strict new gun control measures he signed into law in the aftermath of last year’s mass shootings.
FILE: Feb. 25, 2012: Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is shown at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington.AP

FILE: Feb. 25, 2012: Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is shown at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington.AP

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners filed the lawsuit in district court Sept. 4 in hopes of overturning what it says is unconstitutional legislation requiring extended background checks and restricting the size of ammunition magazines.

Dudley Brown, the group’s executive director, said Tuesday the Windsor-based organization “will fight to keep the constitutional rights of Coloradans intact by challenging these laws on every front.”

In May, sheriffs in 55 of Colorado’s 64 counties filed a lawsuit, arguing the law’s limits on ammunition magazines violate the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms. Most of the sheriffs behind the lawsuit represent rural, gun-friendly parts of the state.

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