And on March 22nd just such a killing occurred. The Colorado Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee KILLED House Bill 1205 on a 2 to 3 party line vote. And some people consider Democrats to be wimps, unable to pull a trigger when it needs pulling.
Concealed carry permits would have continued to exist under the bill, but anyone who met the criteria to carry a concealed weapons could have done so without a permit.
The bill would have allowed carriers to operate on the honor system, to police themselves.
Well isn’t that special. Who knew that an honor system was all that we needed. Look at all the money that can be saved. No cops. No jails or prisons. No prosecutors. Or even defense attorneys. And that’s just on the criminal side of things. Everyone will simply be good. All we have to do is tell them what’s right and what’s wrong and PRESTO, all’s right with the world.
We often look to our leaders in the law enforcement field for their opinions on crime and crime prevention. Fortunately Boulder County has a Sheriff worthy of that confidence. Sheriff Joe Pelle pressed the importance of local law enforcement having the ability to revoke concealed-carry permits of anyone they believe is a threat to public safety, as is the case with current law.
Unfortunately some sheriffs are blinded by second amendment absolutism as is the case with the Yuma County Sheriff. Fortunately, our law enforcement heads close to home have more common sense and wisdom.
In 2010, Boulder County rejected 98 applications for concealed carry permits and revoked 10 more. That’s 108 people that would have failed the honor system that HB 1205 proposed. We in Boulder County are safer because of the current law. All Coloradans would be safer still if concealed carry permits weren’t “handed out like candy.”
But don’t expect Republicans to give up on their armed and dangerous legislation. They have proposed bills like HB 1205 before. They will do it again. We can only hope that one day they won’t act like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker or U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The former believes he is a law unto himself and has defied a court injunction. The latter believes that a bill passed by the House of Representatives alone is sufficient to become law. How’s the constitutional thing workin’ for ya, Pubs?