Colorado has adopted new gun control laws in the last few months, but they’re proving impossible to enforce and may have actually increased gun sales. The state made it illegal as of last July 1 to buy, sell or give away an ammunition magazine that can hold more than 15 rounds, but there’s no way for police to find out who would actually own these weapons.
“The ability to prove the required elements is very difficult,” said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. “There’s no way to know. So how are police going to get involved in a private transaction in someone’s home with a legal piece of property? Obviously, they’re not.”
But that doesn’t mean Democrats won’t try to push for that to happen. Democratic Rep. Randy Fischer suggested that cops set up sting operations in which they try to buy firearms from private sellers to see if the seller pays for a background check. More than 6,000 background checks were already conducted on private sales from July-December of last year, with 122 people failing to pass. Colorado performed nearly 400,000 background checks in total, with over 7,300 being denied in total.
And ultimately, anybody who wants guns with more than 15 rounds of ammunition will simply go to neighboring states to obtain that. The owner of Frontier Arms in Cheyenne, WY, said that Colorado’s gun control laws have “been good for our store.”