Gun control and firearm regulation bills have been struck down across the country, ranging from the issues of universal background checks to high capacity magazines. Some cities and states have become nearly gun free, allowing residents to only have certain types of firearms (those that have been deemed as acceptable for the public use).
This morning, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed three bills for further gun control. House Bill 1224 bans magazines holding more than 15 rounds. House Bill 1228 requires a universal background check as well as adding an additional tax for the background check. House Bill 1229 makes the private transfer of a firearm illegal if not done through the proper channels (even between family members). These bills, though believed to create additional safety for Colorado citizens, may actually cause more frustration for law-abiding citizens.
Some argue that further gun regulation, such as the House Bills signed by Hickenlooper today, actually makes citizens less safe because it requires more hoops for citizens to jump through while criminals will still break the law. Just because high capacity magazines are outlawed, criminals can go elsewhere to find them. Criminals will not go into a firearm store and be subject to a background check, they will go elsewhere to find a gun (black market or stealing). Criminals will not take their firearms to a gun dealer for the transfer between individuals, they will simply take the gun or steal it without the other person’s knowledge.
For Texas, this may bring more business to the economy. With certain gun manufacturers being required to move because of this legislation, some may consider one of the most gun friendly states in America where Texas would gladly accept the business. However, this also means that gun control is creeping closer and closer to Texas borders. Surrounding state legislation may become so strict that it becomes the norm and is introduced into national law. Gun friendly states, like Texas, may at that point be on the losing side of the battle.
No matter what “side” you are on when it comes to gun legislation, contact your lawmakers. Give them your opinion on what you want to see done in your city, state, and at the national level. Without the voices of the people, the desire of the people will never be heard.
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