To that, David Kopel of the Independence Institute says: “Sure, we are a leader, similar to the 1920s when the Klan was very influential in Colorado’s government and Colorado became one of the first states to ban gun possession by non-citizens.” That law, however, was struck down in the 1930s by the state Supreme Court.

But whether Colorado should aspire to that, Kopel added: “It’s contrary to the text of Colorado’s constitution, which states the right to keep and bear arms in the strongest language ever used in a constitution at the time.”

“Let’s stop while we’re ahead,” Kopel added.

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