Wray, Colorado Police Chief Issuing Concealed Carry Permits Statewide

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998 -- A Colorado law enforcement officer has stepped up to the plate, and begun issuing concealed permits to any Colorado resident.

Chief Bowman first law enforcement official to issue permits statewide
Wray Police Chief Mark Bowman has decided to issue permits to Colorado residents who pay $100 for the first year (renewals are $25) or $150 for couples. The 4 page application requires all the information you might expect from a permit system, and puts the applicant through a Criminal Background check.

State law (18-12-105.1) makes this permit valid statewide (check out our web site for more info).

There are training requirements, but they are minimal. Hunter Safety training, military or law enforcement training, or private handgun training is needed.

If you want a permit, call the Wray Police Department at (970) 332-4802 and request your concealed carry permit application. They will send you the application and a fingerprint card.

Wray Police Department staff report that they receive 30 - 80 application requests a day, and expect it to increase.

Police Chief's action pressures Chlouber, legislature to give us a real Concealed Carry Bill
The Colorado General Assembly begins its 120-day session tomorrow, and though the Legislature has largely the same members as last year's session (as well as the same anti-gun Governor), insiders expect these new permits issued by Wray to be another driving force to pass a strong concealed carry bill.

Last year, Sen. Ken Chlouber (R - Leadville) introduced a weak concealed carry bill which eventually was vetoed by Gov. Romer. In the process of passing that bill, Chlouber and easily compromised institutional gun lobbies struck a deal with our arch-enemy, Sen. Dottie Wham (R - Denver), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. That deal added "criminal safezones" to the bill, which effectively made the permit worthless (When the city of Denver outlawed permit holders from carrying in city streets, sidewalks, parks, and other properties, a permit had little meaning). Only through your efforts, by postcards, phonecalls, and petitions, did Chlouber and other "pro-gun" politicians remove those offensive provisions.

When the bill reached the House, the bill still was the most expensive permit in the country, had no provision to allow citizens to carry in their car without a permit, had state-mandated training (as opposed to the safer voluntary training, determined by each individual) and a centalized database of permit holders that could be used to track gun owners.

Chlouber and House Sponsor Larry Schwarz (who proceeded to take a job with Governor Romer) opposed all amendments to the bill, including our efforts to turn it into a Vermont-style law (no permit needed for law-abiding citizens). The vote on the amendments to clean up this disastrous bill failed, but served as a good litmus test to determine whether politicians were truly pro-gun, or merely trying to use gun owners for their own political ambitions (see our web page or newsletter for those votes).

This year, the danger is that some policitians may push hard to pass a statewide law which shuts down the ability of local police departments to issue permits statewide. Wray's rather lenient permits now set the standard, and gun owners should demand nothing more restrictive from the legislature.

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