Video: Gun-rights supporters sell high-capacity magazines in full view of Colorado police at Capitol

posted at 6:41 pm on July 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

A follow-up to MKH’s crowd-pleasing item on Magpul from Saturday night. Magpul’s magazine giveaway was a last hurrah before the new law took effect on July 1; the stunt below was an act of defiance afterward, with Colorado cops fully empowered to haul these people in for transferring high-capacity mags. Would they do it? Or would the spectacle of arresting otherwise law-abiding gun owners for passing magazines around in a circle end up costing gun-control fans more in PR than they’d gain from having these folks off the streets for a few hours?

Protesters 1, gun control 0:

“Well, we just broke that law, I’ve got to assume, several times in just a minute,” rally organizer Ryan Tulega said…

Law enforcement stood by and watched, admitting the law isn’t clear cut.

“We’re actively trying to seek that clarification and get more information as days go by,” [Sgt. Mike] Baker said.

“The government knows it’s unenforceable, it’s feel good legislation,” Tulega said.

Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, disagrees and warned that the activists got a pass on Monday.

Transfer is a class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in the pen and a $1,000 fine. Coming soon, maybe: A ballot initiative to undo the legal limits on magazine capacity. Although don’t get your hopes up about that. As we now know, if it passes and gets challenged in court, the people’s right to defend a law they’ve enacted themselves is … highly nuanced indeed.



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They’ll be back to do it again on July 4th.

(I’m hoping.)

Socratease on July 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

The people need to throw out the usurpers in CO.

Civil cervants is a double oxymoron since it’s neither any more.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

A brilliant tactic.

It is troubling that politicians don’t see the wave of lawlessness that they are setting in motion.

The government chooses to ignore law, so do the people. That is anarchy. Anarchy has no need for government.

But high capacity mags are quite useful then.

BobMbx on July 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

..one wishes that we Californians had the cajones to do this up in Sacramento.

The War Planner on July 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

(Don’t) worry – the DA will be taking a look at the video and issuing charges presently.

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Selling the one’s they got for free?: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/07/02/colorado-arms-manufacturer-stages-gun-giveaway/

davidk on July 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Law enforcement stood by and watched, admitting the law isn’t clear cut.

“We’re actively trying to seek that clarification and get more information as days go by,” [Sgt. Mike] Baker said.

“The government knows it’s unenforceable, it’s feel good legislation,” Tulega said.

Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, disagrees and warned that the activists got a pass on Monday.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

The goons will get them but it’s worth the PR against them.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Reap it, fascists, the cops hate this law as much as everyone else.

Sooner or later some Colorado demorat pol will get caught on film trying to buy or sell a bunch of high-caps, then it’s goodnight Louise.

Bishop on July 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, disagrees and warned that the activists got a pass on Monday.

Sounds like a threat, bi+ch. Care to back it up?

CurtZHP on July 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

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canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Sounds like a threat, bi+ch. Care to back it up?

CurtZHP on July 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

He will throw his purse at them next time.

Bishop on July 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

If liberals can disrupt traffic and normal operation of government, peaceful protest like this can surely happen with impunity, right?

Right…?

Liam on July 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

As we now know, if it passes and gets challenged in court, the people’s right to defend a law they’ve enacted themselves is … highly nuanced indeed.

Actually, this would be a much less problematic situation for supporters of the right to bear arms.

Suppose that Colorado passes a ballot initiative to legalize ammunition storage and feeding devices of any capacity. Then suppose that the state decides to arrest someone for selling a 30-round magazine anyway. That arrestee would definitely have standing to challenge the arrest, because he would be looking at jail time or a fine if he lost the case. He wouldn’t need to rely on proponent standing like the supporters of Prop 8 tried to do in California.

J.S.K. on July 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

You mean normal capacity magazines, Allah.

mythicknight on July 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM

one wishes that we Californians had the cajones to do this up in Sacramento.

The War Planner on July 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

How would having boxes (cajones) help?

J.S.K. on July 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

But…..but….but we had to DO SOMETHING! We HAD to pass a LAW! Doesn’t everyone FEEL BETTER now?

GarandFan on July 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

..one wishes that we Californians had the cajones to do this up in Sacramento.

The War Planner on July 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Misdemeanor in Colorado, felony in California, and they will arrest you so that you cannot vote. Get your rebuild kits this year, likely to be banned next year.

El_Terrible on July 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, disagrees and warned that the activists got a pass on Monday.

Sounds like a threat, bi+ch. Care to back it up?

CurtZHP on July 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

.
“Let’s get ‘em,girls!”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

He will throw his purse at them next time.

Bishop on July 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

“I’m menstruating!”

VegasRick on July 2, 2013 at 7:06 PM

More civil disobedience is on the horizon, perhaps more serious civil disobedience… Mark my words.

To quote another HotAirhead, when they ban firearms, my weapons won’t be illegal, they’ll simply be “undocumented”…

PointnClick on July 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Let’s hope jury nullification takes root should some of these brave souls get arrested.

HiJack on July 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM


Video: Gun-rights supporters sell high-capacity magazines in full view of Colorado police at Capitol

Allah WTH is a “high-capacity magazine??”

If I have a Pez dispenser that has 20 Pez candies & I trade it for a larger Pez dispenser that holds 25 are you inferring that it would be a “high-capacity” Pez dispenser?

Conservative4Ever on July 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Unless you take a shit, rape, and steal on squatted upon land is this really legal?

jukin3 on July 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

If it’s a free speech right to can burn an American flag, it’s a free right speech to transfer high capacity magazines, or even to sell them if the no profit is made on the sale.

Dusty on July 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

when they ban firearms, my weapons won’t be illegal, they’ll simply be “undocumented”…

Always a thread winner by whoever posts it.

jukin3 on July 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Allah WTH is a “high-capacity magazine??”

If I have a Pez dispenser that has 20 Pez candies & I trade it for a larger Pez dispenser that holds 25 are you inferring that it would be a “high-capacity” Pez dispenser?

Conservative4Ever on July 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Conservative4Ever:

Me thinks,”Higher”,and more,…… would be,”Highest”!

Jus say’n!!

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

[Dusty on July 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM]

Gawd, what a lousy edit job. When are ya gonna get an edit button?

Dusty on July 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

More of this, please. It’s high time we started civilly, peacefully ignoring the laws liberals pass that are unconstitutional nanny-state bull.

englishqueen01 on July 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM

More of this, please. It’s high time we started civilly, peacefully ignoring the laws liberals pass that are unconstitutional nanny-state bull.

englishqueen01 on July 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM

We don’t have enough friends in high places, like David Gregory.

Liam on July 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Gawd, what a lousy edit job. When are ya gonna get an edit button?

Dusty on July 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Dusty:A couple of comma’s,I got it tho!:)

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 7:34 PM

We don’t have enough friends in high places, like David Gregory.

Liam on July 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

But if they can’t enforce immigration because it’s too hard to round up 11 million people, they won’t be able to find tens of millions of gun owners… ;-P

englishqueen01 on July 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

There is no ” high capacity “. Thats a big crock of shit made up by the left wing lunatics who don’t like or understand firearms.

Nothing I have has assaulted anyone, or is a high capacity anything.

All of you gun banning, antigun politicians can lick my white butt if you think any of us are going to comply with your nonsense.

TX-96 on July 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

“I just felt like this was violence against us all, public violation of the law in this manner.”

-Stew Pidlib
Boulder

Meremortal on July 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Heck, it’s nothing.

obama just decided to postpone obama’care’ for a year, but just for employers…to benefit Pelosi.

He can make laws…you can too.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

You know when you hand cops a law that is impossible to enforce on a large scale because too many people violate it, what really happens, right?

They pick and choose who to enforce it against, targeting people they don’t like and ignoring the rest. It actually makes cops MUCH more powerful and much more able to oppress citizens who, for example, oppose the police.

So grats, the cops won’t arrest you for this… unless you have a bumper sticker with a pot leaf, or you make a comment a cop doesnt like, or you look at a cop funny, or you’re black, or or or or or…

kaltes on July 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Hell yes! This is the way to fight back! We can win on this topic!

thuja on July 2, 2013 at 8:41 PM

If liberals can disrupt traffic and normal operation of government, peaceful protest like this can surely happen with impunity, right?

Right…?

Liam on July 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Racist!!!

Solaratov on July 2, 2013 at 8:42 PM

I’ll take three, and I don’t even own an AR. (Really Mr NSA agent, I lost mine in a boating accident. )

yesiamapirate on July 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

How would having boxes (cajones) help?

J.S.K. on July 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Gotta have something to store your mags and ammo in. ;-)

Solaratov on July 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Lake Erie is full of those darned things. We have the best armed Perch on the planet.

yesiamapirate on July 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM

After Kennedy’s IDIOTIC decision on Prop. 8 the only recourse citizens have of challenging laws is by being directly affected by said laws. I am guessing this is what’s going on, people asking to be arrested so that THEY HAVE STANDING when challenging the law.

riddick on July 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM

They pick and choose who to enforce it against, targeting people they don’t like and ignoring the rest. It actually makes cops MUCH more powerful and much more able to oppress citizens who, for example, oppose the police.

So grats, the cops won’t arrest you for this… unless you have a bumper sticker with a pot leaf, or you make a comment a cop doesnt like, or you look at a cop funny, or you’re black, or or or or or…

kaltes on July 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Enough with “follow the law” babbling. It’s not strategic thinking. Sometimes in political wars, you need a catchy stunt, and non-violent resistance works well to create martyrs. Most often cops don’t arrest people who commit open crimes for political purposes, because it creates useful martyrs for the cause. It’s actually better that cops don’t arrest those doing the non-violent resistance because it would encourage more non-violent resistance because it helps groups to advance political goals which subvert the law. (And subverting some laws, like gun control laws, is a good thing.)

Only when protest get way out of hand like the Occupy movement should force be used.

thuja on July 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM

It actually makes cops MUCH more powerful and much more able to oppress citizens who, for example, oppose the police.

kaltes on July 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

You’re more insane than usual.

CW on July 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Washington and Colorado became the first states to vote to decriminalize and regulate the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana by adults over 21. Both measures call for setting up state licensing schemes for pot growers, processors and retail stores. Colorado’s law is set to take effect by Jan. 5.

A person holds a freshly rolled marijuana joint, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, just after midnight at the …
Technically, Washington’s new marijuana law still forbids smoking pot in public, which remains punishable by a fine, like drinking in public. But pot fans wanted a party, and Seattle police weren’t about to write them any tickets.

Yet nothing was done to a bunch of people with pot related bumper stickers…. yes kaites is an idiot.

CW on July 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM

We’ve been giving the Courts a pass for this BS on gun rights for way too long. We’ve started to see recall initiatives for legislators… now we need to see impeachment proceedings for imperial judges who simply ignore the Constitution…

fabrexe on July 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

now we need to see impeachment proceedings for imperial judges who simply ignore the Constitution…

fabrexe on July 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

And don’t forget recall for judges at the state level. Impeachment may require initiation by the House and removal by the Senate. But recall (refusal to retain) is a direct vote of the people. Iowa did it in 2010, removing THREE judges who voted to overturn a law prohibiting same sex marriage. Their decision stands, but the vote put the fear of God, or Gaia, or whatever, in them. Apparently it had never happened before, but now they know it is an option, and we’re watching them.

( .)( .) >==< (. )(. )

jmad on July 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

How would having boxes (cajones) help?

J.S.K. on July 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Thank you!

Shambhala on July 3, 2013 at 1:23 AM