Constitutional Carry Dead in Colorado.

Constitutional Carry Dead in Colorado
Senate Dems kill landmark pro-gun legislation

    Though not a surprise, yesterday the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 3-2 to kill HB1205, RMGO's Constitutional Carry bill, which was carried by St. Rep. Chris Holbert and St. Sen. Greg Brophy.

    The legislation would have made Colorado a “permit optional” state for concealed carry, joining Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming.

    Despite overwhelming testimony that states with similar laws did not, in fact, see an increase in violence, Democrat Senators in the State Affairs Committee (Sens. Rollie Heath, Betty Boyd, and Bob Bacon) voted against the bill while GOP Sens. Kevin Grantham and Bill Cadman voted for the legislation.

State Senator Greg Brophy (front) and RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown testify in favor of HB1205 on March 23, 2011. Click the image to watch the testimony.

   Senator Greg Brophy told committee members that HB1205 would simply level the playing field for law-abiding citizen, but criminals really don’t care what the law says – and don’t seek permits in the first place.

    RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown said that domestic violence prevention groups should support Constitutional Carry rather than oppose it, since the permit process itself is intimidating to many females who don’t want to be on lists and don’t normally think of themselves as gun advocates but might need the means to self defense in volatile situations.

    “Why should a woman who wants to defend herself from a stalker or violent ex-boyfriend be forced to acquire an expensive permit, just for the permission to protect herself?” said Brown.

    Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day, testifying on behalf of himself and Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, said the Second Amendment is a right.  “Causing people to jump through government hoops turns that right into a mere privilege.”  Sheriff Day cited numerous statistics to show that more citizens carrying concealed is a good thing for public safety.

   Of course, Sheriff Day wasn’t the only law enforcement to speak on the bill.  Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle (representing “Republican-In-Name-Only” Arapahoe Sheriff Grayson Robinson and Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr) opposed the bill.

   Lobbyist Anne Marie Jensen, who represented the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police but also normally works for Tom Mauser’s “Colorado Ceasefire Capitol Fund”, said “Sen. Brophy believes more guns will make citizens safer.  Unfortunately, the Chiefs don’t agree.”

    Those advocating for Constitutional Carry should take heart: it took 9 years to pass a “Shall Issue” law in Colorado, and this is a long-term fight.  Just remember these votes in the 2012 elections.

     RMGO has fought for Constitutional Carry (often called Vermont) since the founding of the group.  And as the famous movie line goes, We’ll be back.

Massad Ayoob coming to Northern Colorado

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Colorado House Passes Constitutional Carry 40 to 25

3/2/2011


We aren’t done, but I’ve got some good news for you.

The first phase of passing Constitutional Carry through the Colorado State House was accomplished this morning.  House members agreed to move this common-sense legislation forward by a vote of 40 to 25 (we'll post this vote when it becomes available on our website).

Even though we’re definitely not done yet (and I know that I don’t have to tell you that anything can happen in politics) this is still great news.

Because of your emails and phone calls, these House members have moved our bill through the house with an overwhelming majority.

A special thanks to the able leadership of long-time RMGO member State Rep. Chris Holbert (left), who now passes the baton to State Senator Greg Brophy (right).

Our next step is the assignment of the bill to a Colorado State Senate Committee.

Naturally, we'll keep you up to date on Colorado's Constitutional Carry Bill moves along.

 

NOTE ABOUT RECIPROCITY:

For those who still want – and have acquired – a Colorado concealed handgun permit, this bill wouldn’t change anything.  Literally, zero would change.

But, if you’re a law-abiding citizen who doesn’t want to go through the trouble and expensive of acquiring a permit, you could still carry in Colorado.

If passed (it’s a long shot, with this State Senate and Governor), many people would still get/keep their permits, for a number of reasons, including carrying in other states where we have reciprocity agreements.

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