Popular shotgun may be banned in Colorado

Rick Moran
Colorado's new gun control law that has already passed the House and Governor Hickenlooper says he will sign would outlaw a popular shotgun used for hunting.


State Rep. Greg Brophy explains:

"Hundreds of thousands of pheasant hunters are probably going to be carrying around a gun they won't be able to replace after July 1 this year," he said.

Brophy points to a section of the bill that defines a high-capacity magazine as one capable of accepting or -- that can be readily converted -- to accept more than 15 rounds or eight shotgun shells.

"This is where shotgun shells go inside this tube here," Brophy showed Boyd, "You can screw this part off the top and screw on an extender to this tube to allow it to hold more than eight rounds. It is readily convertible, which by definition in the bill, makes the whole thing a high-capacity magazine."

Under the 1994 federal ban manufacturers redesigned the gun so the barrel couldn't be extended. Brophy says it's unlikely they'd do the same just for Colorado.

"I don't know if anybody is going to make guns specifically for the five million people living in Colorado," he said. "We just might not be able to legally purchase a pump shotgun or a semi-automatic shotgun."

Or sell, transfer or even lend one.

"The law is specific as of July 1. You can keep it, but only if you maintain continuous possession of it," Brophy said. "If it breaks, you can't give to a gunsmith even to fix it. You can't hand it to your son to use. It's all now outlawed because of this 1224, the bill that Gov. Hickenlooper says he's going to sign ... this is most extreme thing anybody's ever done related to firearms."

Democrats claim they are writing an amendment to deal with the issue, but nobody's seen it and no one knows if it's going to solve the problem.

This is what happens when people who know nothing of guns draft legislation regulating them.

Colorado's new gun control law that has already passed the House and Governor Hickenlooper says he will sign would outlaw a popular shotgun used for hunting.


State Rep. Greg Brophy explains:

"Hundreds of thousands of pheasant hunters are probably going to be carrying around a gun they won't be able to replace after July 1 this year," he said.

Brophy points to a section of the bill that defines a high-capacity magazine as one capable of accepting or -- that can be readily converted -- to accept more than 15 rounds or eight shotgun shells.

"This is where shotgun shells go inside this tube here," Brophy showed Boyd, "You can screw this part off the top and screw on an extender to this tube to allow it to hold more than eight rounds. It is readily convertible, which by definition in the bill, makes the whole thing a high-capacity magazine."

Under the 1994 federal ban manufacturers redesigned the gun so the barrel couldn't be extended. Brophy says it's unlikely they'd do the same just for Colorado.

"I don't know if anybody is going to make guns specifically for the five million people living in Colorado," he said. "We just might not be able to legally purchase a pump shotgun or a semi-automatic shotgun."

Or sell, transfer or even lend one.

"The law is specific as of July 1. You can keep it, but only if you maintain continuous possession of it," Brophy said. "If it breaks, you can't give to a gunsmith even to fix it. You can't hand it to your son to use. It's all now outlawed because of this 1224, the bill that Gov. Hickenlooper says he's going to sign ... this is most extreme thing anybody's ever done related to firearms."

Democrats claim they are writing an amendment to deal with the issue, but nobody's seen it and no one knows if it's going to solve the problem.

This is what happens when people who know nothing of guns draft legislation regulating them.