Controversial gun laws under review by federal judge

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The controversial gun laws passed in 2013 are now under consideration by a federal judge.

After a two-week-long trial, people on either side of the gun debate are anxiously waiting the result.

The restrictions — which, among other things, would limit magazine capacity — are an infringement on Second Amendment rights, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

“This is where the gun issue is the line in the sand,” he said. “We’re relying on just a few people in the judicial system to set a standard for constitutional rights.”

Jantz has been following the lawsuit since it launched and was originally part of the suit until the judge ruled that only 11 sheriffs of the original 55 signed onto the case could remain as plaintiffs. Those remaining 11 would not even be able to sue in their present capacity because that would, in essence, amount to the state suing itself.

Jantz remains supportive of the lawsuit.

“It is something that affects our future,” he said. The laws open “the door for additional legislation, for restrictions on firearms usage. The erosion of those basic rights is what people are concerned about.”

Jantz expressed concern about the financial impact this could have on Colorado. Already, his officers have had difficulty purchasing magazines, he said.

“Now, you’ve stifled commerce,” he said regarding the legislation.

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers also said he hoped the laws would be shot down by the federal judge.

“Moffat County as a whole, and especially myself as a commissioner, support the Second Amendment,” he said. “Everyone should have a right to bear arms.”

The result of the trial could come any day, Jantz said.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.

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