Here is the press release we sent earlier today on the 10th Circuit’s ruling on the sheriffs’ case:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2016
Circuit Court Rules on Colorado Sheriffs’ Gun Rights Lawsuit
Press conference Today at 3:00 on Next Steps for Plaintiffs
DENVER — The 10th Circuit today issued its opinion in the Colorado Sheriffs’ Second Amendment lawsuit against several gun control bills passed by the Democrat-controlled Colorado General Assembly in 2013. The court ruled that none of the plaintiffs had standing to bring a case, because they did not face a credible threat of criminal prosecution. The 10th Circuit vacated the trial court’s decision, which had ruled that the 2013 gun laws were constitutional.
The Sheriffs will be holding a press conference today, Tuesday, at the Independence Institute, to announce their next steps. The press conference will be at 3 p.m. The address is 727 East 16th Avenue, Denver 80203 (between Washington and Clarkson). Free onsite parking is available.
Here is the video of the press conference:
Counsel for the sheriffs Dave Kopel had this to say about the new development:
On March 22, 2016, the Tenth Circuit vacated the opinion of the District Court. Because of the Tenth Circuit’s decision, the District Court’s decision saying that the anti-gun laws were constitutional is now void. The Tenth Circuit held that none of the plaintiffs in the case had legal “standing,” so the courts did not have jurisdiction to decide the case. Because of the Tenth Circuit decision, the plaintiffs—and, potentially, new plaintiffs—can initiate a new case, following the procedural instructions from the Tenth Circuit. The plaintiffs’ attorneys are already at work, analyzing the structure for the new case. At a press conference, Sheriffs Justin Smith (Larimer County) and Mike McIntosh (Adams County) expressed the Sheriffs’ strong intent to continue fighting to defend the safety and the constitutional rights of the people of Colorado.