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Published on Feb 11, 2014
David Kopel testifies in favor of a bill to remove the Governor's power to ban the sale, transport, and dispensing of firearms whenever the Governor declares an emergency. Such gubernatorial was first enacted in May 1914, a few weeks after the Ludlow Massacre, when the Colorado National Guard slaughtered women and children at a camp of striking coal miners. Kopel argues that the the poor decisions of Colorado Governor Elias Ammons demonstrate why the Governor should not be able to prevent citizens from defending themselves.