Englewood City Council proposes gun control

Englewood City Council proposes gun control;
Concealed Carry on Senate floor Monday morning

Sunday, March 16, 1997 -- In a move to increase government size and regulation, staff for the Englewood City Council has recommended placing broad new controls on gun sales. The measure will be debated Monday, March 17 at 7:30 pm in Englewood.

New local BATF

The Englewood City Council will consider a measure to establish a new license for the sale of weapons. Attempting to form their own local BATF, the city of Englewood would require a license for weapon sales (possibly private sales), a new method of recordkeeping, and a fingerprint affixed to the bill of sale for each weapon sold.

Any shop that sells or pawns firearms in the city of Englewood would be driven out of business, benefiting only the stores just outside city limits and lowering sales tax revenues for Englewood. The next logical step would be banning the sale of hunting licenses.

Most of Englewood Gun Control measure is redundant

Since the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms already requires a form of record keeping for weapons dealers, who are already federally licensed, this measure would only give gun stores another sea of paperwork to navigate. Weapon sales to minors and convicted felons are currently prohibited in state and federal law, but it does prohibit the sale of weapons on consignment.

This license will only be issued to those who pay a fee and submit to a background investigation. And, if this gun control is not burdensome enough, it allows the "licensing officer" to require additional reports from the licensed dealer. Even more ominous is the requirement to report all firearms sales to local law enforcement on a weekly basis.

Private sales banned without a license

Since no transaction for a weapon could be conducted without this new license, selling your shotgun to your neighbor would also be illegal, unless you bought a license, fingerprinted your neighbor, and went through a maze of local regulations.

The measure itself is confused about who must obtain the license. Section 5-25-2 states "A weapons dealer licensed by the federal government making only sales of firearms is exempt from this license." Is there a gun shop in the entire state that sells only firearms, and not magazines, ammunition, holsters, or dozens of related items?

The measure was proposed to "ensure that persons selling weapons are licensed to protect the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens of Englewood." What about the pledge to protect the U.S. Constitution?

Tell Englewood City Council to read the U.S. Constitution

Our only friend on the city council may be District III member Lauri Clapp, who has already stated her opposition to this power grab and was the first to ring the alarm about this measure. Call the Mayor of Englewood at 761-3686, and demand he fire the staff member, Frank Gryglewicz, who recommended this sweeping new attack on our Second Amendment rights, and that he also vote to scrap this draconian bill.

Concealed Carry to be heard on Senate floor Monday morning

Your pressure, in the form of phonecalls and postcards, has forced Concealed Carry Bill sponsor Ken Chlouber to offer an amendment to SB96 to remove Dottie Wham's "Criminal Safezones."

But the vote hasn't happened yet. Make certain to call your Senator at (303) 866-4866 and tell him/her that SB96 is not worth debating unless they remove Wham's "criminal safezones" completely from the bill.

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