May 19, 2019

SB 16-113: Repealing Statutory Ban on Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines

On January 29, 2016, Sen. Vicki Marble and Reps. Lori Saine & Stephen Humphrey introduced SB 16-113Concerning the Repeal of Certain Provisions Concerning Ammunition Magazines. The bill was introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it passed with no amendments. It also passed Second and Third Reading in the Senate unamended, and was referred to the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee.

This bill, if enacted, would repeal statutory provisions:

  • Prohibiting the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines; and
  • Requiring each large-capacity magazine that is manufactured in Colorado on or after July 1, 2013 to include a permanent stamp or marking indicating that the magazine was manufactured or assembled after July 1, 2013.

The law repealed under this bill was created by House Bill 13-1224. Among its provisions, that bill established four new criminal offenses (one class 6 felony, two class 1 misdemeanors, and one class 2 misdemeanor). Since HB13-1224 took effect, 20 cases have been filed. Of these 20 cases, 2 misdemeanor convictions have been entered.

Mark Proust is a 2016 J.D. Candidate at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.