Colorado bill would make gun business guilty of gun crimes
Gun legislation has been at the forefront of many state legislatures as of late due recent mass shootings. Colorado has had several major incidents with Columbine and the Aurora movie theater shootings to top the list. The Sandy Hook incident is another example of a violent crime that’s inspired gun law talks.
Colorado State democrats have proposed a bill that would, among other restrictions, make gun manufacturers and gun sellers liable for violent crimes committed with weapons that they sold. The bill also addresses expanding background checks to private guns sales and limiting the capacity of magazines.
Proponents have argued, some being the shooting victims’ families, that these measures would make Colorado safer. By holding the whole industry accountable it would force them to develop ways to make sure the weapons don’t get into the wrong hands. Colorado, however, might have trouble enforcing the law even if it does pass because there is a federal law that is contradictory in nature.
Republicans in the Colorado legislature see potential pitfalls with the bill. Republican Senator Greg Broph told the press, “To hold everybody in the entire chain of possession responsible for a crime committed by one person? The manufacturer, dealer and owners? That’s equivalent to blaming Coors for a drunk driver and the 7-Eleven after someone steals a 12-pack.” Others argue that this measure might as well be a ban on all guns since it would make it too risky of an industry to do business in.
The conversation about gun laws is bound to continue, with passionate opinions from all involved. We will post an update when there is a development regarding potential changes to Colorado laws.
Source: Fox News, “Colorado Democrats want gun manufacturers held liable for crimes committed with their guns,” Barnini Chakraborty, Feb. 7, 2013