House Judiciary Committee to hear ban on "Assault Weapons"

Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998 -- State Rep. Dan Grossman (D-Denver) will present his bill to ban so-called "assault weapons" to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.

Bill bans possession of "assault weapons" with no grandfathered weapons
Grossman's HB1181 take the federal ban quite a few steps further, making almost any semi-automatic rifle illegal. It loosely defines the term "assault weapon" and bans all of that description, unless you obtain a permit from your local law enforcement agency.

HB 1181 defines "assault weapons" as a firearm with any one of the following: a "shorter length than recreational firearms", a folding stock, a "greater rate of fire than reasonably necessary for legitimate sports, recreational, or protection activities", or a detachable magazine with a capacity of 21 or more rounds.

It breaks new ground because it does not just ban the sale or manufacture of such weapons, but bans possession, making thousands of currently owned weapons illegal. Since there is no grandfather clause, almost every semi-automatic weapon could be considered illegal. If this bill were to pass, could no-knock raids and door-to-door searches be far off?

There is another bill which bans only the sale of "assault weapons." Sen. Pat Pascoe (D-Denver), a long time gun-grabber, has written SB164, which stops any sale of "assault weapons" by private individuals. It is not yet scheduled for a hearing, but it is in Sen. Wham's Judiciary Committee, and may also stand a chance of passing. More on this bill as we get it.

Judiciary Committee not friendly to gun rights
The House Judiciary Committee is not known for its conservative bent, so we cannot expect this bill to die on its own.

Call the following marginal members of the committe today, and demand they stand for freedom by opposing this bill.

All of these members have opposed gun owners in votes on concealed carry, so remind them that gun owners remember their acts of betrayal, especially in an election year.

Rep. Bill Kaufman (R-Loveland) at 866-2947
Rep. Martha Kreutz (R-Englewood) at 866-5510
Rep. Gary McPherson (R-Aurora) at 866-2944
Rep. Marci Morrison (R-Colorado Springs) at 866-2937
Rep. Alice Nichol (D-Denver) at 866-2931

You can also fax letters (address them individually) to: 866-2218.

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