Tennesseans traveling to Colorado should be wary of Colorado’s new magazine capacity law, which could earn you a free night’s stay at Denver’s Steel Bar Hotel.
This new law, which takes effect July 1, 2013 bans possession, etc., of large capacity magazines, defined as having a capacity of greater than fifteen rounds.
So you think you are OK with your fourteen round capacity wondergun? Think again, the law includes,
(I) A FIXED OR DETACHABLE MAGAZINE, BOX, DRUM, FEED STRIP, OR SIMILAR DEVICE CAPABLE OF ACCEPTING, OR THAT IS DESIGNED TO BE READILY CONVERTED TO ACCEPT, MORE THAN FIFTEEN ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION;
“Readily converted” may include practically any double-stack magazine with a removable floor-plate. Do yours have removable floor plates?
The law grandfathers pre-existing large capacity magazines. Can you prove the date of manufacture of yours? Note, the law places the burden on the prosecution to prove you did not already own the magazine, but this is after you have already been arrested and booked into the local hoosegow.
Another potential trap is contained in this section:
(II) MAINTAINS CONTINUOUS POSSESSION OF THE LARGE-CAPACITY
Exactly what do they mean by continuous possession? Do they mean continuous ownership? Do they mean that if you loan one to another person and they return it, you are in violation? The answer could be determined in court, after you have had significant legal expenses.
You should be safe enough from persecution if you carry a revolver. But why go where you are not wanted. If you are vacationing in the area, drive around, and spend your money in Wyoming, a friendly state.
Be sure to read Michael Bane’s blog for further, in-depth information.
Read The irrationality of gun and magazine bans in America
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