Did anyone stop to think of the fiscal consequences to this state? Besides vacationers who will now find themselves violating the law if they possess a high-capacity magazine or illegal firearm to defend themselves, you have have hunters that will no longer spend their dollars in Colorado, and major industries that will be forced to move to friendlier states. The hunting industry alone brought $800 million into the state, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. That's nothing to sneeze at!
But the effects haven't stopped there. Michael Bane, Executive Producer of the Outdoor Channel, which includes such shows as Shooting Gallery, The Best Defense, Rapid Fire, Gun Stories, and other special projects, has moved production of his shows out of Colorado. As he pointed out in his letter to the Colorado Legislature, it is the opinion of his attorneys "that these proposed laws are so dangerous to hunters and any other person, be they a fisherman or a skier who brings a handgun into the state for self-defense, that we cannot recommend hunting, fishing or visiting Colorado."
So besides the hunting and firearms industries, the tourist industry is going to be devastated. I don't know about you, but I would be hesitant to travel through the state of Colorado with a legal firearm and high capacity magazine that I bought in Texas, only to find out if I am stopped for any reason in Colorado, they could find probable cause to arrest me for violating the law until I could prove that such magazine was purchased prior to their cutoff date. You are talking about possible confiscation of your car and firearms, not to mention attorney's fees to fight the case. Nope! We will be taking a wide path around Colorado!
I guess what scares me the most is the number of our Colorado friends that didn't see this coming. I have to wonder if the Bloomberg machine swept in undercover, put all their minions in place, wrote the bills and then sprang it on an unsuspecting populace. We have friends that didn't know this legislation was up for consideration until mere days before it was voted on; and others that didn't know about it until after the bills were passed. If my hunch is correct, then all of us in Second Amendment supporting states need to be on guard against these wolves sneaking in the back door.
I'm also thinking that the Governor of Colorado and other legislators are second-guessing their rush to pass these bills. The backlash and consequences were swift and decisive. Major industries are pulling out and their lucrative tourist activity will be hit hard. In effect, there has been a groundswell of grassroots response to these impulsive and rash pieces of gun legislation; a response that will impact not only the fragile Colorado economy, but shape the future and traditions of this once proud and free state.
Job 20:28 "The increase of his house will depart, And his goods will flow away in the day of His wrath."