News, April 1st

COLORADO GUN LAWS CHALLENGED IN COURT

DENVER (AP) – Colorado attorneys defended the state’s new gun restrictions against a lawsuit to overturn them, saying the laws balance Second Amendment rights and public safety concerns. But an attorney representing gun rights advocates says the laws are based on emotion and not data to prove they are effective. The laws in question, which took effect July 1, limit the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and expand background checks to firearm sales online and private sellers.

 

PITCO ICE RAID CIVIL TRIAL

DENVER (AP) – The civil trial of three ICE agents accused of raiding a home near Aspen without a warrant is underway in Denver. A federal lawsuit says the agents targeted a family during a raid in 2009. Sugay Guerrero, who filed the lawsuit, says they violated her constitutional rights. The agents say they entered the home because they were concerned for residents’ safety when no one immediately answered the door.

 

LAST MINUTE ENROLLEES SIGN UP FOR GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE

DENVER (AP) – Colorado health authorities hope to have a final tally today on how many people signed up for insurance in time to comply with the new health law. Connect For Health Colorado says it saw brisk lines but no technical glitches on the final day to sign up yesterday. Colorado has already met baseline federal enrollment goals, but the state is short of its most optimistic projections.

 

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

DEER TRAIL, Colo. (AP) – One small Colorado community is considering drone hunting, and a dozen more are looking at recreational marijuana in today’s municipal elections. The Colorado Municipal League says that more than 140 Colorado towns are holding municipal elections today. Twelve of those races involve marijuana, either allowing retail sales or taxing marijuana sales.

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