Gov. John Hickenlooper is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which is expected to be heard in court for the next two weeks.
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Colorado’s new gun laws are coming to the fore again, as a lawsuit to overturn them opens on Monday in federal court.
Almost all of Colorado’s elected county sheriffs spearheaded the suit, saying new measures requiring universal background checks and limiting the size of ammunition magazines are both unconstitutional and unenforceable.
They join nearly two dozen other plaintiffs, including individuals, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations. They include Magpul Industries, which makes 30-round magazines that are no longer legal to sell in Colorado, and the Colorado Farm Bureau, which represents the rights of ranchers and promotes rural values.