Gun Bills Update
Over the past several weeks I have received thousands of calls and emails regarding the gun legislation that is being proposed this year in Colorado. I want to thank you personally for contacting me to let me know your position on this issue.
The resounding themes in the emails included:
- support for the right to keep and bear arms as granted by both our federal and state constitutions;
- the ability to defend both you and your loved ones from future harm;
- the illusion of gun-free zones;
- a woman ought to have the choice of how to protect her own body from harm;
- veteran’s concern that the freedoms they fought to protect are being infringed on by government;
- all citizens should have the ability to protect our Republic from tyranny as the 2nd Amendment clearly states;
- fear of losing the ability to continue lifelong hobbies and sport interests;
- law-abiding citizens being made criminals for exercising their 2nd Amendment rights;
- the concern for a long-term negative impact on the Colorado economy.
Without a doubt, I can assure you that I will always fight to uphold your 2ndAmendment Rights. I will never advocate for criminals by taking away the rights of law abiding gun owners.
My bill SB13-140 – No Federal Laws Concerning Colorado Firearms (co-sponsored with Rep. Lori Saine) will nullify any and all federal gun control efforts if passed. This bill was scheduled to be heard on February 13th, but without notice or reason, it was pulled from the calendar and has not been rescheduled.
I will continue to send out periodic newsletters. Please visit Colorado Senate News if you would like more updates and information.
Gun Bills To Be Heard Monday, March 4th
All the Democrat gun control bills, including those already passed by the House and newly introduced bills will be up in one of two senate committees this Monday at 10:30am. Details below:
HB 13-1226 – No Concealed Carry at Colleges
Repeals current law allowing individuals with a concealed carry permit to carry a firearm for self-defense on a college or university campus. (Passed in the
House 34-31. Will be heard in the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee in Senate Committee Room 356.)
HB 13-1228 – Payment for Background Checks For Gun Transfers
Imposes a “gun tax” for a background check when purchasing a firearm. (Passed 33-32 in the House. Will be heard in the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee in Senate Committee Room 356.)
HB 13-1229 – Background Check for Gun Transfers
Criminalizes the private transfer of a firearm. (Passed 36-29 in the House. Will be heard in the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee in Senate Committee Room 356.)
HB 13-1224 – Prohibiting Large-capacity Ammunition Magazines
Bans magazines with a capacity greater than fifteen rounds. (Passed 34-31 in the House. Will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.)
SB 13-195 – No On-line Training For Concealed Handgun Permits (NEW)
In order to obtain a concealed carry permit, one must take a course at a physical location where the certified instructor of the course is present. (Will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.)
SB 13-196 – Assault Weapon Responsibility Act (NEW)
Would establish liability against a person who uses an assault weapon for damages caused unless they are firing their weapon against someone who was about to use physical force against any person within the owner’s dwelling. (Will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.)
SB 13-197 –No Firearms for Domestic Violence Offenders (NEW)Prohibits domestic violence offenders from being able to buy or possess firearms. (Will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.)
If you are interested in helping Colorado uphold the 2ndAmendment by testifying for any of these gun bills, please contact my office at (303) 866-4876
If you are not able to attend the hearings Monday, you can listen to live broadcasts of hearings or watch the General Assembly at The Colorado Channel (Comcast 168).
Thank you again for letting your voice be heard!