Colorado Town Mulls Mandatory Sporting Rifle Ownership as Sheriffs Dig in Heels against Recently-Passed Gun Control

Saturday, April 27, 2013
By Paul Martin

by Max Slowik

The Craig, Colorado city council is currently debating a bill that would require every household to own a “modern sporting rifle,” specifically any semi-automatic centerfire rifle that accepts detachable magazines.

The proposal was drafted by Craig resident Craig Rummel, and includes exemptions for people who are mentally or physically unable to operate a firearm, people who aren’t legally allowed to own a firearm and people who are opposed to firearms ownership on religious or personal grounds.

“Coal, the power plant and hunting pretty well sums up what we offer here in Craig, America,” Rummel said to the Craig Daily Press. “For too long, the state legislature has been hammering us, and they’re destroying our economy. Our voices are not being heard, but if we pass an ordinance, it will go viral, and then they’ll be forced to listen to us.”

“We have tried the traditional routes, and we have good representation at the state in Sen. Baumgardner and Rep. Rankin, but the Western Slope doesn’t have the votes in Denver,” Rummel continued. “We need to think outside of the box and let the rest of the country know we are not in lockstep with Denver.”

This is in direct protest against the recent hotly-contested gun control package that was pushed through the Colorado legislature. The new laws establish magazine capacity limits and criminalize private gun sales, among other provisions.

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