HB1180 passes both Houses, heading to Governor's Desk
|Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray)
is the sponsor of HB1180,
the Brady Bypass bill.
The bill survived a battle in the Senate, where anti-gun lobbyists and legislators tried to amend the bill to require a statewide database of permit holders.
Due to the heroic defense of the bill by Sen. Greg Brophy -- who called the legislation a mere pre-approval, since concealed carry permit holders have already undergone an extensive background check -- the bill stayed true to the intent of the original bill.
Senate Democrats did manage to change the bill with two amendments:
- Standardizing the look of an actual permit. Though this is not something we wanted, it's not a deal killer.
- Requiring a second form of ID to utilize the Brady Bypass feature. Again, no reason to kill the bill.
For a valid Colorado Concealed Carry Permit Holder who is buying a firearm, the process is quite a bit streamlined, though permit holders will be required to have a permit issued after January 2010 (with the new "standardized" look). They will simply present their CCW permit (again, only Colorado permits allow you to bypass) to a dealer, and they'll skip the wait of a Brady Check (though there are still requirements to fill out the BATFE's 4473 form).
What you can do:Call Governor Ritter's office at (303) 866-2471 and urge him to sign HB1180. If you prefer e-mail, click here to demand Bill Ritter sign HB-1180, the Brady Bypass Bill.
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We'd like to contact them all -- and give them the opportunity to be connected (on our dime) to Governor Ritter's office to urge him to allow HB1180 to become law.
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Gun owners can get a "Win" in the Colorado Legislature... if you act NOW!
4/1/2009 - This Friday the Colorado State Senate may hear House Bill 1180, which is the Brady Bypass bill.
This legislation would allow a concealed handgun permit holder to show an FFL (a gun dealer) -- or private seller at a gun show -- his or her permit and could then SKIP the Brady Registration check (sales through a dealer would still require the BATFE's 4473 form).
Yesterday on KCOL radio, sponsor Senator Greg Brophy (Rep. Steve King is the House sponsor) called this bill a simple "pre-approval" measure to buy a gun.
Though this bill was gutted in the House Judiciary weeks ago, Brophy managed to have the bill reinstated to it's original form, and the bill could pass the State Senate... but only if you act ASAP!
There is one danger: some law enforcement are claiming they need a statewide database of permit holders to administer this and to be able to verify that permits are real (that's ludicrous, since no one can even produce a case of a fake permit in Colorado).
It's vital we keep any amendments off of this bill.
We need a handful of Democrats to support this pro-gun legislation, so they need to hear from you.
Call these Senators and courteously ask them to support this common-sense legislation, House Bill 1180, without amendments:
Senator Morgan Carroll - 303-866-4879
Senator John Morse - 303-866-6364
Senator Chris Romer - 303-866-4852
Senator Gail Schwartz - 303-866-4871
Of course, it's worth your time to call your own State Senator, regardless of party, to urge his/her favorable vote.
You must act as soon as possible, though. Leaving a message with their office is fine, but make that call today!
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2008 Colorado Concealed Carry Report
The following report is from the County Sheriffs of Colorado, detailing the number of permits issue (and denied) in each county during 2008.
|Report to the Colorado General Assembly|
|Concealed Weapons Permits Issued by Colorado Sheriffs in 2008|
|Denial and Revocation codes: A=Arrest Record, D=Discretionary, R=Residency, RO=Restraining Order, M=Mental Illness or Addiction|
|County||Applications received||Permits issued||Denials||Revocations|
NOL = No Online Listing for permit information at this time
* = Link to Sheriff's web page
Links to county home pages -
Adams | Alamosa | Arapahoe | Archuleta | Baca | Bent| Boulder |Broomfield| Chaffee | Cheyenne | Clear Creek | Conejos | Costilla | Crowley | Custer | Delta | Denver | Dolores | Douglas | Eagle | Elbert | El Paso | Fremont | Garfield | Gilpin | Grand | Gunnison | Hinsdale | Huerfano | Jackson | Jefferson | Kiowa | Kit Carson | Lake | La Plata | Larimer | Las Animas | Lincoln | Logan | Mesa | Mineral | Moffat | Montezuma | Montrose | Morgan | Otero | Ouray | Park | Phillips | Pitkin | Prowers | Pueblo | Rio Blanco | Rio Grande | Routt | Saguache | San Juan | San Miguel | Sedgwick | Summit | Teller | Washington | Weld | Yuma