UPDATE: Colorado Governor Signs Gun Control Measures Into Law

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has gone forward with his pledge to sign three pieces of controversial gun control legislation.

The Denver Post reported Hickenlooper signed the bills, approved by the State Legislature, Wednesday morning.

The move has outraged Republican legislators in Colorado, not only for its infringement on 2nd Amendment powers, but also because it may represent the start of an aggressive liberal agenda push on a number of hot-button issues yet to be tackled throughout the remainder of the State’s 2013 legislative session.

Major gun accessory manufacturer Magpul, which has operated in Colorado since 1999, is already getting out of Dodge, saying it won’t do businesses in a State that allows only its cops — not its residents — to own the products it manufactures.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.