Preemption bill passes Senate, still has teeth

April 5, 1999 – A bill to overturn the gun bans of many municipalities has passed the Senate, and is headed for the Governor's desk.

House Bill 1305 stops cities from getting any tougher than state
This measure overturns the patchwork of city and county laws on firearms issues in Colorado, and says that state law takes precedence. This means that Denver's assault weapons ban, their "public nuisance" ordinance (that allows them to confiscate your property), their brandishing law, and many others will no longer have force of law.

There has been a barrage of anti-gun rhetoric about this bill, especially from Mayor Wellington Webb of Denver, Mayor Linda Morton of Lakewood and the Colorado Municipal League.

This bill, however, must still be heard by a conference committee, and get through Governor Bill Owens, who has been increasingly hostile to gun rights issues.

Gun suits prohibition bill now in House
Senate Bill 205, which prohibits municipalities from suing gun manufacturers, has made it through the State Senate, a House Committee, and will be voted upon by the full House soon. It would stop the ludicrous decisions made by some courts to hold firearms manufacturers liable for violence committed with their products. Kudos to State Rep. Lauri Clapp, the House sponsor of SB205, who RMGO worked with to get this bill moving.

Senate Judiciary Committee passes SB84, kills HB1316;
Worst CCW bill in Colorado history to go to full Senate soon

April 1, 1999 – As predicted, the Senate Judiciary Committee killed HB1316 and passed Senate Bill 84, the worst CCW bill to ever be considered by the Colorado Senate.

Senate Bill 84 has many anti-gun provisions, including gun owner registry

Ken Chlouber’s SB84 has numerous anti-gun provisions, including a centralized database of permit holders – and their electronically stored fingerprints -- adminstered by the CBI. Adding to the growing list of databases at the hands of government, this creates a central registry of permit holders. Instead, lawmakers could simply let each sheriff (the issuing authority in this bill) to maintain their own lists, and put their department’s phone number on each permit to verify its authenticity.

"This is the worst concealed carry bill ever offered in the Colorado legislature," said Dudley Brown, Executive Director and lobbying for Rocky Mountain Gun Owners in today’s Rocky Mountain News. "It’s a ‘big brother’ concealed carry."

Under SB84, the CBI has no restriction on what it can do with fingerprints or other information in their database.

Among SB84’s problems are:

  • Creates a statewide database, administered by the CBI
  • Requires fingerprints, forever logging them within databases
  • Gives Sheriff discretion (which was broadened in committee)
  • Has criminal safezones where permits are not valid
  • Denies applicants who have been convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors
  • Expensive ($100 for 4 years)


What you can do:

Call your State Senator today at (888-473-8136) or (303-866-2316) to demand they remove these anti-gun provisions on the Senate floor.

Remember, any bill that is passed will be with us for years. If we don’t fix SB84, we have no choice but to kill it, and start again next year.

But isn’t half a loaf better than no loaf at all? That is exactly the question compromising politicians want you to be asking yourself – and is a lose-lose situation for gun owners.

If gun rights advocates and their groups would band together to remove these anti-gun provisions, we could have a bill every gunny can support.

Senate to revive Chlouber's SB84, kill HB1316;
SB84 has criminal safezones, other anti-gun provisions

March 30, 1999 - In a desperate attempt to pass any concealed carry bill, some Senate leaders are pulling their support for the ailing HB1316 in favor of reviving Chlouber's SB84.

Dean's HB1316 reportedly in trouble
Ken Chlouber's SB84 has been tabled in the Senate Judiciary since Feb. 1, when the committee voted Musgrave's SB156 out of committee to later die at the hands of liberal House GOP leaders.

With Rep. Doug Dean's House Bill 1316 taking fire from the press and the Governor (who is trying to find cover on the concealed carry issue), politicians have decided to abandon Dean's horse and ride another, all to try to get rid of this controversial issue and gun rights advocates.

Most insiders believe the preemption language for all gun issues and the prohibition on suing gun manufacturers has burdened HB1316 to the point that it has too many enemies. With large lobbies like the Colorado Municipal league (which wants to keep firearms decisions at a local level, protecting their power base), the trial lawyers (who do not want to add prohibitions on who can be sued), and opposition from hardcore gunnies (who don't like all the compromises of their gun rights on1316) this concealed carry bill consolidated too many enemies. Instead, they turn to an even worse bill.

Chlouber's SB84 has criminal safezones, other anti-gun language
Though it won't show on the state web site, Senate Bill 84 had criminal safezones added in the Judiciary Committee before it was tabled. This means that you could get a permit, but not be able to carry concealed in any athletic event (pro, college, or any school), in any government building, or in any school. For those already with permits, this is a huge step backward.

SB84 also has sheriff discretion, turning this so-called "shall issue" bill into a "may issue" bill. And, like HB1316, you can be denied a permit if you have been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanors, mirroring the unconstitutional federal Lautenberg Gun Ban.

Worst of all, SB84 requires fingerprints and creates a statewide database of permit holders, administered by the CBI. This gun registration ploy only serves to create large Orwellian databases of fingerprints, names, addresses, and any information possible to keep track of law-abiding citizens.

Why not just pass a bill, and try next year?

Whining from the "pass anything and keep the politicians happy" compromisers has made many marginal lawmakers run for cover, voting for anything as long as it is labeled "concealed carry" and will relieve the pressure. Their standard ploy is to suggest we pass anything, and "fix it in a couple of years." Those are the kind of promises that only the most naïve will buy.

If a bad bill is passed, gun owners are stuck with it for the foreseeable future. All it takes is one glance at the willingness of most politicians to get rid of this issue, and it is obvious that if they can pass any bill, they won't be revisiting the concealed carry issue anytime soon. Make no mistake about it: anti-gun provisions passed through these bills will not be easily changed.

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