Earlier this month, the Colorado legislature narrowly passed a bill that bans assault and assault-style weapons, high capacity magazines and requires background checks on all gun purchases, even those that are done privately.
Two companies, Magpul and Alfred Manufacturing threatened to move their businesses out of state if the measure passed. Magpul employs 600 people in the manufacturing of high capacity magazine and other accessories for assault and assault-style weapons. They threatened to leave if the bill was passed because no one in Colorado, including their own employees would be allowed to legally purchase or own any of their products.
Now, Magpul and Alfred Manufacturing may have another good reason to leave the state.
Colorado Senate President, John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) introduced a bill yesterday that would hold the manufacturer, seller or owner of any assault or assault-style weapon, liable for any damage the weapon causes in the state. In introducing his bill into the state senate, Morse said:
"The bill I envision... it will deem these guns as unreasonably dangerous. It will not ban them, it will just hold people strictly liable, strictly responsible for what occurs. The effect is that everyone in the chain will be responsible for the actions of that gun."
"It will only apply to military-style assault weapons, firearms that are not handguns, bolt action rifles or shotguns."
So if someone steals an assault-style weapon from someone else in another state, illegally transports it into Colorado and then uses it to commit a crime, the company who made it and the original owner who had the weapon stolen from him, will be held liable.
That makes as much sense as holding Ford, GM or Toyota responsible for damages caused in auto accidents. Or what about holding King’s Auto Mart or Smith’s Toyota Dealerships liable for damages caused by a vehicle they sold. If the owner of that vehicle gets drunk or runs a stop sign and causes physical damage to person or property, who is at fault? Certainly not the manufacturer or dealership. It was the driver who was responsible.
Since there are 100 times more deaths due to knives than do to assault rifles, do they plan on holding Puma, Buck or Case Knives liable? Does the Colorado legislature plan to hold Louisville Slugger responsible for damages caused by their bats or Stanley Tools for damages caused by a hammer? Is Sears or Wal-Mart going to be held liable because they sold a bat or hammer that was used by someone in a crime that caused damage or physical harm?
Colorado Senator John Morse has as much common sense as bale of hay. To think that he is president of the senate in Colorado is a frightening thought. He reminds me of one of those employers that forbids anyone in the company from having a spoon on the premises because someone else was irresponsible and left a spoon in the microwave. Because one person committed a dumb thoughtless act, everyone else will be subsequently punished and forced to eat their soup at lunch with a fork.
If this is the example of the state’s leadership, it’s time to pack up and leave the beautiful state of Colorado for somewhere else.