The radical Colorado gun restrictions that were put into place a year ago – following lobbying from the White House – remain under challenge in court.
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But in real life, their application is causing major issues.
For example, a legal handgun belonging to a woman who was in a car crash was taken into custody by police as she was taken to the hospital.
Officers now say there’s no legal way for them to return it to her, even though she’s permitted to carry it. Even though it belongs to her. Even though police don’t really even want it.
The stunning development was reported by the Loveland Reporter-Herald, which noted that Jim Szakmeister, a deputy police chief in Fort Collins, said the city and district attorneys advised the gun could not be transferred back to the owner without a Federal Firearms License check. No one is qualified to do that from the police agency, the paper said.
It was during the 2013 legislative session in Colorado that majority Democrats adopted a long list of gun rules, restrictions and regulations.