Shops Busy As Gun Laws Take Effect Monday

By: Alyssa Chin/KKTV/KCNC Email
By: Alyssa Chin/KKTV/KCNC Email
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New laws related to gun ownership in Colorado take effect Monday. As we approach July 1st, a lot of gun stores are seeing a huge boost in customers and sales.

11 News talked to one gun shop owner who said there's only one way to describe the day, hectic. Paradise Sales owner Paul Paradis said the approaching law, limiting magazine rounds, is causing panic to set in for a lot of people.

"There are times people rush to buy something and they're not really giving full thought to what they're doing. It’s more of a panic mode," Paradis said.

Paradis has been selling guns and ammo in Colorado Springs for 30 years. Starting Monday, shops like his, will not be allowed to sell magazines that hold more than 15 rounds to the average buyer.

"We’ve been running low on things for the last seven months. Since the first laws came out with the federal government, there was a tremendous amount of panic," Paradis said.

In the Denver area, a group supporting guns, Free Colorado, gave away hundreds of 20 and 30 round magazines for free.

"These magazines are largely used for target practice, hunting, and self-defense," Free Colorado spokeswoman Kelly Maher said. “For the government to step in and restrict the rights and freedoms of people it’s onerous, it’s ridiculous.”

Some however, see the reason behind the law and are glad to see it take effect.

"I can't see why someone would need all that many bullets in one magazine. Some nut eventually is going to shoot a bunch of people and maybe he'll shoot three or four less,” one consumer said.

Paradis believes this law is more hurtful than helpful to the majority of gun owners.

"I really have faith that the public is riled up enough that they're going to force this law to disappear," Paradis said.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, along with more than 50 other county sheriffs in the state, have filed a lawsuit against the governor claiming it could harm the safety of others. You can count on 11 News to let you know what happens.

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