I purchased my first weapon in CO in 2016. It's a S&W 9mm and it came with 2 17 round mags. Since CO law makes it illegal to sell, transfer, or possess mags with 16+ rounds how could the gun shop make the sale? Do I need to worry? Interestingly, when I return to the gun store I see numerous 16+ round mags for sale 3 years after the ban.
I understand that the burden of proof is on the prosecutor, but it would be easy to prove by reviewing my cc statements for sales at a gun shop and then pulling the actual sales receipt. The receipt says 2 17 round mags.
Yes, by the way the law is written, your situation is illegal.
Shops are still selling those mags because it's largely unenforceable for post-purchase situations, and most CO LEOs don't really care for that law (re: sheriffs suing the state). Most of the time, I see them sold as "kits" or "repair kits", which just happen to have enough to build a full magazine.
In a county and gun shop that I will not name , I recently saw magazines over 15 rds for sale.
When I inquired if they had any fear of legal trouble, the owner told me that sheriffs deputies had been in the store and saw the merchandise and said they had no problem with it.
I've purchased 4 high capacity mags for my AR in last 3 months from gun stores all saying the same thing, local leo's don't care.
I've noticed this in Co as well, recently moved from California and most gun shops have standard cap mags for sale. Either surplus or new they're available. I would just make sure you aren't doing anything dumb. We've been shooting outdoors for some time now in evergreen Co, and the only thing is can they even confiscate mags if they see you shooting out there? I'm from California, and I think park rangers and local leo can confiscate those mags.