PALISADE, Colo.

With October’s shooting competition at Cameo canceled, the Mesa County Board of Commissioners’ letter to Governor Polis aims for the state mag limit’s economic impact. Mesa County Commissioner, Scott McInnis says, “It’s become a real big issue around here because of course the Cameo Shooting Range is going to be one of the outstanding ranges in the country as it matures. It’s close to that right now. We’re not talking about one or two we’re talking about hundreds of events over the next 2 or 3 years.”

We reached out to Governor Polis and his spokesperson responded with a statement. “It is important to note the competition was welcomed, CPW simply asked participants to sign a form that shows they are following Colorado law. This is the same process for all shooting competitions on CPW land. Colorado welcomes responsible outdoor enthusiasts to our parks, where everyone is expected to follow our laws which helps protect our competitions from lawsuits that could shut them down.”

Mesa County Sheriff Todd Rowell told Manager of the complex, Walt Proulx and later confirmed to KREX he would not enforce the high mag limit law for shooting competitions. “That law is a very poorly written law,” said Rowell. “I’m not interested in going out there and going through people’s bags. These are people that are coming to our community to compete in shooting events.”

Rowell sent his letter just weeks after the Colorado Legislature shot down a bill attempting to make exceptions for shooting competitions when it comes to the high mag limit law. A shooting competitor and whistleblower shared Rowell’s letter with Colorado Ceasefire which works with state lawmakers on gun reform. Group founder and President, Eileen McCarron fires back at Mesa County commissioners saying its disappointing they support skirting the law.

McCarron says the USPSA is spending thousands of dollars on CORA requests to the State Attorney General trying to hunt down its whistleblower. While eleven other states have set magazine capacity limits to ten, McCarron says the USPSA is pushing for a 30-round limit.

State Senator Rhonda Fields (D) sponsored the magazine limit law in July 2013 after a gunman using a 100 round drum magazine killed 12 people in an Aurora theater in 90 seconds, but she’s not done. Fields says, “Moving forward I’m going to be looking at measures in reference to making sure that we’re doing everything possible to keep our communities safe, and that means even at these facilities because you never know.”

One day before the USPSA 2 Gun/PCC Pistol National competition came to Cameo the House approved legislation to ban high-capacity magazines.

In addition, if passed, the Protecting Our Kids Act will raise the age to purchase a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21, ban bump stocks, and close the ghost gun loophole.