WIN: 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Rules in Favor of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

On August 29, 2023, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Colorado Governor Polis and his anti-gun cronies an emergency stay appeal against Rocky Mountain Gun Owners’ Preliminary Injunction. Said injunction stops anti-gun legislation SB23-169 from depriving 18 to 21 years olds ability to buy a firearm. This newly enacted law denies the right to buy, own, and possess a firearm to legal adults between the ages of 18 and 20.

On August 7, RMGO was granted a Preliminary Injunction. Immediately, in response to this injunction, the state filed appeals questioning the ruling of the US District of Colorado Chief Judge Philip Brimmer.

“From the second we filed these lawsuits, we knew we were in for a major fight,” declared Taylor Rhodes, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. “Today, two Obama-appointed judges agreed with us that our plaintiffs do have standing and that our likelihood of success on the merits is strong. While we have now won three major battles on this case, the war is far from over and we won’t stop fighting until this bigoted law is off the books for good,” Rhodes added.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners members became plaintiffs in this case and filed the lawsuit in federal court to challenge the constitutionality of the newly enacted law. They argued that the political class in Denver is transgressing on their Second Amendment rights.

“RMGO and its members are extremely pleased with the ruling against Governor Polis,” commented Dudley Brown, President of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. “Polis and his legislative minions have played fast and loose with our Second Amendment Freedoms for far too long, that’s why we are leading the charge in the courtroom to take back the freedoms stolen from us,” added Brown.

RMGO and its members have pitched in to fund the lawsuit. Since the landmark NYSRPA v. Bruen Supreme Court decision — which established that the history, text, and tradition of the Second Amendment should be the standard for applying the right to bear arms —, gun owners have used the courts to roll back a host of gun control regulations. 

Such action is going to be necessary in blue states where gun control has become the norm and there are no legislative actions to roll back these measures. 


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