Apr 1, 2013 3:19 PM by Elaine Sheridan
A group says it will cancel a shooting competition due to Colorado's newly passed gun legislation.
According to the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) website, a shooting competition scheduled this summer on the Western Slope has been canceled due to the recently passed laws.
The Rocky Mountain Western States Regional IDPA Championship was scheduled to take place in Montrose this July.
Organizers say an estimated 300-plus shooters from the neighboring states and across the country were expected to attend the three-day competitive shooting event.
"With these new Colorado laws going into effect July 1, and based on the ambiguous way in which they were written, we have decided to cancel the Rocky Mountain Western States Regional IDPA Championship," said event organizer Walt Proulx of Grand Junction. "Due to the growing number of hunters and shooters choosing to boycott Colorado, and the risk that these laws as written will turn law-abiding citizens into criminals, we were left with no other choice but to cancel what was planned to be one of IDPA's major regional championships, and one strongly supported by Montrose-area businesses," Proulx added.
This is the second shooting competition to abandon the state. Firearms maker Ruger recently announced that it was moving the 2013 Ruger Rimfire Challenge World Championship out of Colorado. This competition was scheduled for July in Byers and more than 200 people were planning to attend.
The organizers of the Rimfire Challenge Challenge say that their reasons for moving the event aren't political, but rather precautionary.
"Colorado has always been great to us. " says Tim Norris, Ruger Rimfire Match Coordinator. "However the laws are so poorly written and so broad that competitors could be criminals without their knowledge, so it is just not worth the risk. We will go to a state where the laws are easily understood," Norris added.
Colorado-based firearms accessories manufacturer Magpul Industries Corp. announced will leave the state, and Michael Bane, an independent producer for the Outdoor Channel, has said he will cease production of four of the channel's popular shooting programs in Colorado.
Governor Hickenlooper signed three bills into that limit ammunition magazines, require universal background checks and charge gun buyers for the cost of those checks. Two more measures are still making their way through the legislature. President Obama is expected to be in Colorado Wednesday to gain support of the laws.