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Colorado House Passes Four Gun-Control Measures

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After much heated debate on Friday, a package of gun-control measures passed in the Colorado House on Monday, including limiting magazines to 15 rounds, background checks for all gun transactions, requiring gun owners to pay for their own background checks and banning concealed weapons on public college campuses. The four bills will now move to the Senate.

While many of the measures are ideas currently being pushed by the White House (don’t think Joe Biden let this vote occur without making some phone calls first) and feature prominently in the national gun-control debate, the concept of banning concealed weapons on public campuses deserves a closer look.

Democrats made the argument that guns and college campuses don’t mix, but this simply isn’t true:

For the past decade, concealed carry has been legal on Colorado college campuses and the nightmare scenarios presented by those seeking to disarm students have yet to materialize.

In fact, crime rates at Colorado State University—one of the schools that did not pass campus regulations banning concealed carry—plummeted after the 2003 law was passed. In 2009, when school administrators threatened students’ right to self defense, CSU’s student government voted by an overwhelming 7:1 margin to keep concealed carry on campus.

In 2012, Students for Concealed Carry won a landmark victory before the Colorado Supreme Court overturning illegal campus gun bans that left students defenseless.

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  • Mark Harkless

    The general misconception is that any statute passed by
    legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land.
    The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to
    be valid, must be in agreement. It is impossible for a law which violates
    the Constitution to be valid. This is succintly stated as follows:

    “All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.

    Marbury vs Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174, 176,
    (1803)

    “Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them
    quot;
    Miranda vs Arizona, 384 US 436 p. 491.

    “An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no right; it imposes no duties;
    affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as
    inoperative as though it had never been passed.”
    Norton
    vs Shelby County118 US 425 p.442

    “The general rule is
    that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and the name of
    law, in in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any
    purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment,
    and not
    merely from the date of the decision so branding it.

    No one is
    bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce
    it.”
    16th American Jurisprudence 2d, Section 177
    late
    2nd, Section 256

  • Nellie CA

    Obama is taking our country down with-in. He wants the guns so the Citizens can’t fight back. There goes the jobs in CO and who will our Military buy their clips from? China? Why is our country allowing foreign countries to buy up our packing plants and move in more refugees and illegals.