Judge rules Colorado sheriffs can’t sue over state gun laws


Associated Press
November 29, 2013

Standard magazines for a Glock 17, which hold 17 rounds, would be affected by this law. Credit: Ken Lunde via Wikimedia

Standard magazines for a Glock 17, which hold 17 rounds, would be affected by the ban. Credit: Ken Lunde via Wikimedia


A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Colorado sheriffs suing the state over new firearm restrictions don’t have standing to proceed with the case as a group, but the legal battle is far from over.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger in Denver doesn’t stop the lawsuit because 21 other plaintiffs who are suing do have standing. The court will still consider whether universal background checks and a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds are constitutional, the judge said.

“At this juncture, the court is not even considering whether the challenged portions of the laws are constitutional,” Krieger said.

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