Sheriffs in Colorado are challenging the newly passed gun control measures, less than two weeks before they go into effect.
The officials say that the amended provisions including universal background checks for purchasing firearms and limiting the size of ammunition magazines are unconstitutional.
Fifty four of the states 64 sheriffs signed their names to a lawsuit that would prevent the measures from going into effect, ABC News reports.
One Sheriff said at a news conference last week, "These bills do absolutely nothing to make Colorado a safer place to live, to work, to play or to raise a family. Instead these misguided, unconstitutional bills will have the opposite effect because they greatly restrict the right of decent, law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, their families and their homes," ABC News reports.
They also said the background checks would be difficult for Coloradans to abide by because several licensed firearm dealers "are unwilling to conduct the transfer under such conditions," NBC News reports.
by RTT Staff Writer
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