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Is a Pump Shotgun an Assault Weapon to Democrats?

By Washington Times

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A widely used hunting shotgun would be banned under a package of gun-control bills sponsored by Democrats sailing through the Colorado General Assembly, according to state Republicans.

State Sen. Greg Brophy said he received a call last week from a constituent who pointed out that the bill to ban high-capacity magazines would apply to the pump shotgun, which holds eight shells but can be readily converted to hold more.

The magazine bill limits ammunition clips to 15 rounds or eight shotgun shells, and bans firearms that can be converted to hold more. The pump shotgun can be altered to hold more shells by screwing on a tube extender, said Mr. Brophy.

How common are pump shotguns? "Everybody has one. They're ubiquitous," Mr. Brophy said. "Everybody who hunts has one; I have three of them. I can't imagine a hunter in Colorado that this doesn't apply to."

Republicans are mounting a last-ditch effort this week to derail a slate of gun-control bills scheduled to be heard Monday by Senate committees. The House already has passed four bills, including measures to ban concealed-carry on campuses, mandate universal background checks, require gun buyers to pay for their own background checks, and limit magazine capacity.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in a Facebook post last week that he would sign three of the four House bills, including the 15-round magazine limit. The only bill he is still reviewing is the ban on concealed-carry on public college campuses.

"We are all working to find reasonable compromises that balance Second Amendment rights with a goal everyone shares: to keep more guns out of the hands of dangerous people," said the governor in the Feb. 27 post. "We are also working with lawmakers on a plan to strengthen Colorado's mental health system. We know no single plan - or law - can stop bad things from happening to good people. But we want to make every effort to get the right care to those who need it at the earliest possible opportunity."

Senate President John Morse added another bill last week that would create liability for gun manufacturers, distributors and owners, although critics have pointed out that the measure conflicts with a 2005 federal law. Mr. Hickenlooper said in his post that he was undecided on the bill.

Democrats enjoy comfortable majorities in both the House and Senate, but Republicans said they believe they can peel off a couple of Senate Democrats who represent either rural or swing districts. The trouble is, the Democrats hold a 20-15 majority, meaning the GOP needs three votes.

The Colorado gunfight is being viewed as a microcosm of the national debate, which finds President Obama pushing a number of similar gun-control proposals in the face of opposition from Republicans and gun-rights organizations.

Pro-gun groups in Colorado have waged a fierce public-relations battle against Democrats, turning up by the hundreds at town-hall meetings, holding rallies at the state capitol and packing the legislature during committee and floor debates.

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  1. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    March 5, 2013 @ 3:26 am

    Almost everything is an “assault” weapon to the Dems, eg the GOP (how BO manufacture the GOP war against women) our Constitution (how BO and his co-horts attempt to dismantle it)

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    • happygComment by happyg
      March 5, 2013 @ 3:57 am

      Absolutely pypy…the dems ‘automatically’ default to assualt weapon…Although the MSM tries to cover it up the best they can…

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/guns/2013/feb/26/miller-abc-edits-out-time-michelle-obama-wrongly-c/print/

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    • racefishComment by racefish
      March 5, 2013 @ 4:38 am

      Can’t be Biden advocates the use of them.

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      March 5, 2013 @ 5:04 am

      happyg, the media is why Gov Romney lost the election plus voter fraud didnt help either. Until the media do their job or they go out of business, it will be very hard for Conservatives/GOP to spread their message of “common sense” Instead we end up again with the charlatan who pretends to be “fair and balanced” in his governance. what governance?, manufacturing crisis in order to manage them isnt leadership. Just you wait, he will create some ‘subtle and slow crisis to regain his credibility after his failed prophecy of an apocalyse as a result of the sequeztration.

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      March 5, 2013 @ 6:57 am

      If I hit someone in the head with a baseball bat, the bat would an “assault weapon”, and I’d be charged with aggravated ASSAULT! What morons these liberal/progressives be!

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    • odayterrenceComment by odayterrence
      March 5, 2013 @ 10:05 am

      racefish – Biden said he told his wife to take her double-barreled shotgun outside and fire off a couple of rounds. Biden likely considers any shotgun holding/firing more than two rounds an assault weapon.

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  2. bobComment by bob
    March 5, 2013 @ 4:13 am

    Their ultimate goal is a total ban of all civilian gun possession. They will take what they can today and be back for more tomorrow, no matter what they say.
    If they could do it all in a single step it would make their day, but they are perfectly willing to do it by increments.

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  3. DudleyComment by Dudley
    March 5, 2013 @ 4:20 am

    ***** to be in Colorado. You vote for these marxists and they will eventualy vote you out of your rights. Wake up Colorado, stop voting for these idiots.

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    • extyrequeenComment by extyrequeen
      March 5, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

      hi dudley….unfortunatly it’s not just colorado that has markists in office…this country is being overrun with these
      and the problem is that the voters don;t care as long as they get their free stuff…

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  4. gentlemanjimComment by gentlemanjim
    March 5, 2013 @ 4:48 am

    What the Demoncrats are really saying is that they don’t want people that carry legally shooting their voting base.

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      March 5, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

      That’s a good one, funny!

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  5. tomyj1Comment by tomyj1
    March 5, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    I want to see the person that fires an ASSAULT SHOTGUN(full automatic) I will come over and help pick his butt off the ground.

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  6. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    March 5, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    SOS different day to these morons. They have enough laws on the books now about people getting murdered with guns or any other weapon of choice. This is, was and will always be about control and nothing else. They will not enforce the laws on the books, especially the gun laws they violated during fast and furious and Benghazi. No they want to control the people and one way is to eliminate the peoples right to self defense. Americans are warriors and love guns. Go after the gangs and criminals first and then maybe we might believe that you want to do something good.

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  7. mvotano58Comment by mvotano58
    March 5, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    A brain is an assault weapon to a Democrat…….at least one that is capable of thinking around their rhetoric.

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    • powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
      March 5, 2013 @ 10:54 am

      Good one!

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  8. theronaldComment by theronald
    March 5, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    The most dangerous assault weapon is Zerobama’s pen !

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  9. SAnnComment by SAnn
    March 5, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    Any gun is an assault weapon to Democrats unless they possess one.

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  10. proudpatriotComment by proudpatriot
    March 5, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    All of these clowns that hold the servants seats of legislators had better start reading our constitution and the federistt papers and our natural(god) given rights. For if these clowns even back when they first put a band on fullauto they were breaking constitutional law. Men between 18 and 45 are to be armed and proficient with weapons. Any weapon our servants in our government have we the people by law are to have said weapon. So bottom line is any and all gun restiction laws are totally illegal in the U.S.A.. Any branch of our government that has or is trying to establish gun laws are just tryig to push the envelope and are actually law breakers(criminals) therefore should be subject to arrest,prosecution,fines and even time behind bars.

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      March 5, 2013 @ 5:08 am

      >> All of these clowns that hold the servants seats of legislators had better start reading our constitution and the federistt papers and our natural(god) given rights. <<

      I know this will sound facetious, but it's a serious question, trust me. Proudpatriot, given what liberals are trying to do to and with this country, do you honestly believe they care what the Constitution says, or care about the debate carried on through the Federalist Papers? They care only about what will move their agenda forward, nothing else. Most have never read the Papers, and some have probably never heard of them, or certainly couldn't define what they are. It's like telling a Hemingway fan he needs to spend more time reading Nancy Drew; no interest at all in doing so.

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  11. jmikes1951Comment by jmikes1951
    March 5, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    I live in Colorado now. The hippie Democrats have stopped a ski resort from expanding and stopped a mine just in the town I live in. Then they complain about the economy. Any firearm except maybe my revolvers, double barrel shotguns and bolt action rifles can be modified to be illegal according to them and the will come after these next. I am suprised I can still camp since I carry a hatchet. That will be banned next. Banning these firearms is not about public safety. It is all about control! No sane person is going to shoot people in a school or theater. They want to protect furry and feathered friends not realising that the firearms owners do more to protect the animals that they so enjoy seeing. They can only see the few that are harvested. So they vote for idiots that will give them their way and give them their entitlements and fight the God given rights they don’t believe in. If you want to stop to stop school slaughters put a armed guard with a M16 in each school.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      March 5, 2013 @ 11:48 am

      jmikes1951,
      Our old hippy and neo-hippy residents are more concerned with legal weed than with their Constitutional rights. They think they’re in Nirvana and couldn’t care less about the 2nd Amendment. I’ve corresponded with all our state Democratic legislators, including the Judicial Committee and only two responded; Jared Wright and Mike McLachlan. Wright in the positive, McLachlan in the negative. Still waiting to hear from the rest, but I’m not holding my breath. (I didn’t bother with the Republicans as they’re pretty much on the right page).

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  12. bobComment by bob
    March 5, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    We’ve got to stop letting them get away with claiming that they only want to ban some guns. it is a lie. Liberals like to pretend they are being “reasonable” or “sensible” or using “common sense”. They are actually just being sneaky and dishonest. They know that if they tell the truth about what they want the political backlash would hurt, but they can drag things out and many voters will never notice.

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  13. joesixpack31Comment by joesixpack31
    March 5, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    The marxists expect you to respond like sheep. Put the politicians on notice: ” either you’re doin it our way OR we’re comin to find out why not.” Colorado firearms advocates need to go en mass to the state capitol and crack a few heads.

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  14. odayterrenceComment by odayterrence
    March 5, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Of course a pump-action shotgun, no matter what its capacity, is an Assault Weapon! As we’ve seen in real-life and in movies/tv…it makes that “Scary Sound” when it is pumped to load a shell in the chamber. For Liberals, if a gun “Looks Scary” or now “Sounds Scary” it must be an Assault Weapon and be banned. Liberals love to control people and hate guns. They must also have bladder-control issues since the mere sight/sound of a gun makes them wet their undies. As for me…if I’m in danger, the most beautiful sight in the world is that “Assult Rifle” in my hands. And the most beautiful sound is the music of my pump-action “Assault Shotgun” putting a shell in the chamber.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      March 5, 2013 @ 6:36 am

      thedove,

      On the DVDs of the TV series “Lost”, were special features and deleted scenes. One of the special features was on “gratuitous gun cocking” of which there was an abundance. It’s obviously done for emphasis, but I think that a round through the center of mass is more emphatic and attention getting. In an interview with Evangeline Lilly, she admitted she had never fired a gun, but she did a great job of acting as if she knew what she was about. Hooray for Hollywood!

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      March 5, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      I think the pump shotgun, more than any other weapon, including “assault rifles,” illustrates liberals’ lack of knowledge of weapons, and I’ll give a common example. As we all know, most folks in the entertainment industry are liberals, including actors and movie producers. Now, how many times have we seen this scene: An actor is pointing a pump shotgun at another, and gives a command. The second person doesn’t comply, or comply quickly enough, so the first man pumps the gun for emphasis–I’m serious, he’s saying, I’ll shoot. But nothing is ejected, which means there was no shell in the chamber; in other words, he’s been threatening the person with an empty gun. It’s even funnier when he pumps it again later in the scene. We won’t even get into moving it onto or off “safe,” or recoil.

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  15. powertothepeopleComment by powertothepeople
    March 5, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    As noted by many folks above, the Demorats are on a mission…a mission void of any constraints such as that old out of date piece of parchment framed and displayed in Philadelphia.

    Folks, the argument is not about assault weapons…their words….it is about all guns. For a government to have total control it has to disarm the population. Bans are like taxes….they only grow! If they can ban this type and that type, they soon will ban more types as they march toward confiscation.

    These laws if passed will be challenged in court, but with the large number of liberal judges seated through out the country, the odds are at best 50/50 if they will be over turned.

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    • bobComment by bob
      March 5, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

      “They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and for reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns then it will be through the bullet.”
      Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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  16. concealedcarry48Comment by concealedcarry48
    March 5, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Has anybody considered a “RECALL” on these idiot Democrats? They were voted in, they can be voted out…..it is that simple!

    If that won’t shake their boots….I don’t know what will?

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  17. scottrComment by scottr
    March 5, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    Why don’t we boycott hunting trips to the state, there are plenty of other states to hunt in
    take away their money then maybe they will see the light
    we need to get the word out of a boycott

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  18. clawComment by claw
    March 5, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Hmmm. I remember being in a food fight, well skirmish, in junior high and some kid threw a salt shaker. I wonder just how deep the Loony Lefties would bury that poor little sap today. A SALT WEAPON!

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  19. Repossess AmericaComment by Repossess America
    March 5, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    No. It is just another tool to keep them from taking over America and they want ot get rid of it right along with all the weapons they can. It gives the people power and they do not like for us to have power over them. Hey politicians who are reading this. We are not going to go away We will always be here. We will remain a thorn in your side for the rest of your stay in government and to those who come after you.

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  20. juicyfruit56Comment by juicyfruit56
    March 5, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    As I have stated before. First registration, then confiscation and then elimination. If we Americans do not come together and band up with a huge protest in Washington D.C. our days as a Republic will be over. We will be addressing everyone as Comrade if we do not agree with our government. No fiction here just look at Germany, Guatamala, Turkey, China, Uganda, Cuba, and the Soviet Union. All started with gun registration and those who resisted were eliminated. Millions and millions of people assinated by their own governments for taking a stand not to give up there God given freedom.

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