Making It Easier Yet to Carry Guns

It'll be Glocks around the clock if this bill passes

This article concerns a bill working its way through the Colorado legislature: House Bill 11-1205.

It passed the Colorado House Judiciary Committee 8 to 3 – with Democrats Pete Lee (e-mail) and Daniel Kagan (e-mail) voting ‘aye’ – you might want to keep that in mind when you’re comparing candidates in the future.

The full text of the bill (found at scribd.com) is at the end of this article.

There’s also a great editorial at the DenverPost.

What this bill does is allow permitless carry – IE, go to Bubba’s Gun Emporium, pick your piece (skip the background check cause we’re all pals!) stick it in your belt and swagger off to a liberal protest. If one of those DFHs gives you any shit (like, for example, looks at you) you can, as one of our local lunatic fringers likes to put it: “They start it, we’ll finish it!” and it’s time for a hot-lead massage while Lady Liberty tries to keep her skirt from blowing up too high.

This is really a bad idea and trying to frame the argument against concealed carry permits as a ‘coat tax’ (you put on your coat your have to pay a tax) is the most facile bullshit I’ve ever heard. Concealed carry permits give law enforcement at least a fighting chance of guessing how many guns might be in a given crowd, not to mention when to be extra careful at that 4am domestic-abuse call.

This is being quietly hustled through the legislature and you’ll find little information about it except on far-right websites… which should tell you something.

‘Constitutional Carry’ is teabagger-speak for ‘You’re not the boss of me, I can take my toys anywhere, anytime!’ (foot stomp).

Don’t let these angry children change our laws, call your state senator today – Directory by District. Stop this madness now.


First Regular Session Sixty-eighth General Assembly

STATE OF COLORADO
INTRODUCED
LLS NO. 11-0175.01 Richard Sweetman
HOUSE BILL 11-1205

HOUSE SPONSORSHIP
Holbert, Sonnenberg, Acree, Balmer, Barker, Baumgardner, Becker, Bradford, Brown, Conti, DelGrosso, Joshi, Kerr J., Liston, Looper, Massey, McKinley, McNulty, Murray, Nikkel, Priola, Scott, Stephens, Summers, Swerdfeger, Vaad, Waller
SENATE SPONSORSHIP
Brophy, Grantham, Renfroe, Harvey, Cadman, Lambert, Lundberg, Kopp, Mitchell, KingS., Roberts, Scheffel
House Committees Senate Committees
Judiciary

A BILL FOR AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF A LAW ABIDING PERSON TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN WITHOUT A PERMIT

Bill Summary
(Note:  This summary applies to this bill as introduced and doesnot reflect any amendments that may be subsequently adopted.  If this billpasses third reading in the house of introduction, a bill summary that applies to the reengrossed version of this bill will be available at http://www.leg.state.co.us/billsummaries.)
The bill creates exceptions to the offenses of carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon on school, college, or university grounds if the person may legally possess a handgun under the laws of Colorado and of the United States.  A person who carries a concealed handgun under the exception has the same carrying rights and is subject to the same limitations as apply to a person who holds a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:

SECTION 1. 18-12-105 (2) (f), Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended, and the said 18-12-105 (2) is further amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW PARAGRAPH, to read:

18-12-105.  Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon – unlawful possession of weapons. (2)  It shall not be an offense if the defendant was:

(f)  A United States probation officer or a United States pretrial services officer while on duty and serving in the state of Colorado under the authority of rules and regulations promulgated by the judicial conference of the United States; OR
(g)  A PERSON WHO MAY LEGALLY POSSESS A HANDGUN UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE AND OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE WEAPON INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT WAS A HANDGUN. THE AUTHORITY TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PARAGRAPH (g) IS EQUAL IN ALL RESPECTS TO THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY A PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN AS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 18-12-214. A PERSON WHO CARRIES A CONCEALED HANDGUN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PARAGRAPH (g) HAS THE SAME RIGHTS AND IS SUBJECT TO THE SAME LIMITATIONS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 18-12-214 AS APPLY TO A PERSON WHO HOLDS A PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN.

SECTION 2. 18-12-105.5 (3) (h), Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended, and the said 18-12-105.5 (3) is further amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW PARAGRAPH, to read:

18-12-105.5.  Unlawfully carrying a weapon – unlawful possession of weapons – school, college, or university grounds. (3)  It shall not be an offense under this section if:

(h)  The person has possession of the weapon for use in an educational program approved by a school which program includes, but shall not be limited to, any course designed for the repair or maintenance of weapons; OR

(i)  THE PERSON MAY LEGALLY POSSESS A HANDGUN UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE AND OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE WEAPON INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT WAS A HANDGUN. THE AUTHORITY TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PARAGRAPH (i) IS EQUAL IN ALL RESPECTS TO THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY A PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN AS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 18-12-214. A PERSON WHO CARRIES A CONCEALED HANDGUN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PARAGRAPH (i) HAS THE SAME RIGHTS AND IS SUBJECT TO THE SAME LIMITATIONS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 18-12-214 AS APPLY TO A PERSON WHO HOLDS A PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN.

SECTION 3. Effective date – applicability. This act shall take effect upon passage and shall apply to offenses committed on or after said date.

SECTION 4. Safety clause.
The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.

Shading denotes HOUSE amendment.  Double underlining denotes SENATE amendment.
Capital letters indicate new material to be added to existing statute. Dashes through the words indicate deletions from existing statute.

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