Colorado gun-control laws: Columbine dad criticizes sheriffs' lawsuit

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Likewise, Mauser rejects the suggestion that because Fields and other supporters of the measure publicly said the only reason to own a magazine that holds more than fifteen rounds is to kill a lot of people, the bill is based on prejudice against lawful gun owners who would never consider doing anything of the sort.

"This is them trying to make it seem like those who promote these laws don't like gun owners or are against them -- and that's nonsense," he says. "What people are concerned about is the ability of some weapons to mow down people, and the intent of some deranged people to mow down people.

"To me, the challenge to Dave Kopel and the sheriffs is, 'Do you want to make it easy for people to get hold of a gun that can mow a lot of people down?' They seem to want to make it easy. And because they're losing the public-opinion battle, they say we're discriminating against gun owners and casting aspersions as if we're blaming them for bloodshed. And that's just not the case. We're not discriminating against anyone. We simply want to make it more difficult to get these kinds of weapons, not easy."

Look below to see the aforementioned 9News report about the magazine ban, followed by the complaint against the gun laws and D.C. v. Heller, the Supreme Court case mentioned by both Kopel and Mauser.

Colorado Sheriffs Complaint Regarding Colorado Gun Laws

District of Columbia v. Heller

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