Hickenlooper won't be questioned for gun lawsuit

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) A federal judge ruled that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper can't be questioned under oath to speak about new gun restrictions for a pending lawsuit seeking to overturn the laws.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Watanabe says Hickenlooper has not direct role in enforcing the laws and that his personal views about the laws have no bearing on the lawsuit's outcome.

Watanabe issued the ruling Monday in response to a request from the lawsuit's plaintiffs.

The new restrictions limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and require background checks for all gun sales and transfers. Hickenlooper signed both bills in March.

Most county sheriffs and other groups are suing to overturn the laws, which they argue violate the Second Amendment.

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