Romer vetoes weak concealed carry bill

Romer vetoes weak concealed carry bill

Friday, May 16, 1997 -- Today, Colorado Governor vetoed SB96, a bill to allow law-abiding citizens to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

"Governor Romer couldn't even sign this sad excuse for a concealed carry bill," said RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown. "Romer showed his true anti-freedom stripes by vetoing Senate Bill 96."

S.B. 96 would have established statewide criteria for sheriffs and chiefs of police to issue concealed weapons permits to qualified citizens.

The bill, however, had several anti-gun measures that survived attempts at removing them in the House. At $42 per year, S.B. 96 would have been the most expensive permit in the United States. It also contained provisions for centralized record keeping, a move long opposed by gun rights activists.

"The state of Vermont allows any law-abiding citizen to carry without prior permission from big brother," Brown said. "I don't think it is a coincidence that Vermont is the safest state in the nation."

"Even the hoops and hurdles of S.B. 96 didn't satisfy Romer," continued Brown. "Romer wanted applicants to show a need for the permit, but that need may be fifteen seconds before you are attacked. Plainly, Romer thinks citizens shouldn't be allowed to protect themselves."

"This won't be the last time the legislature considers this measure," concluded Brown.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Colorado legislature has considered measures to change laws concerning permitting the carrying of concealed weapons. 1997 is the first year a bill has made it to the Governor's desk.

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