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
The battle begins: Holder calls for passage of permanent assault weapons ban
Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that President Obama would pursue passage of a permanent Assault Weapons BanAfter meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama Administration is planning to pursue a permanent Assault Weapons Ban.
From ABC News:
"As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," Holder told reporters.
"I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum," said Holder. He went on to say that he believed that passage of the assault weapons ban would be vital to ensuring domestic stability in Mexico, ridiculously implying that Mexican drug cartels are buying guns from American gun stores.
Since when is it the job of the U.S. Government to police Mexico? Since when are law-abiding American gun owners responsible for the conduct of criminals and thugs in another country?! Why should we pass legislation that will only benefit another country, at the expense of U.S. citizens?
Holder also went on to say that he believed that the Heller Decision would allow for a permanent re-authorization of the assault weapons ban.
"I think closing the gun show loophole, the banning of cop-killer bullets and I also think that making the assault weapons ban permanent, would be something that would be permitted under Heller," Holder said.
This emphasis on policing Mexico's violent drug cartels sheds more light on portions of the recently passed stimulus bill
The stimulus bill included $10 million grant to the notoriously anti-gun Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to fund their task force to stop Mexican gun running. This could very well mean that the Obama administration intends to use $10 million of the so-called stimulus package to maliciously prosecute gun owners.
While Holder was cagey about a time line on this issue, one thing is clear: we have a difficult fight ahead of us.
Holder declined to offer any time frame for the reimplementation of the assault weapons ban, however.
"It's something, as I said, that the president talked about during the campaign," he said. "There are obviously a number of things that are -- that have been taking up a substantial amount of his time, and so, I'm not sure exactly what the sequencing will be."
CNN's Lou Dobbs sharply criticized AG Holder and President Obama over assault weapons banCNN's Lou Dobbs takes Eric Holder to task for his anti-gun, pro-Mexican Government comments about renewing the assault weapons ban, simply to help Mexico.