ATTORNEY GENERAL SUTHERS’ STATEMENT ON FEDERAL LAWSUIT CHALLENGING COLORADO’S RECENT GUN LEGISLATION

DENVER—Today, various plaintiffs announced the filing of a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of gun laws enacted during the recently completed legislative session.

Attorney General John Suthers issued the following statement in response:

“In defending the lawsuit as counsel for the state, the objective of the Attorney General’s Office will be to get court rulings on the legality of various aspects of the legislation as expeditiously as possible. Colorado citizens, and law-abiding gun owners in particular, deserve such clarification.”

In a signing memo attached to House Bill 13-1224, Governor John Hickenlooper directed the Department of Public Safety and the Attorney General’s Office to confer as to guidance to law enforcement in regard to some issues raised by the legislation. The agreed upon guidance is set forth in the attached letter from the Attorney General to the Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety. This guidance will be disseminated to law enforcement pending further clarification that may be provided by court rulings.

 

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