Musgrave offers "Vermont-style" concealed carry permit
Jan. 22, 1999 -- Colorado St. Sen. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Ft. Morgan) today offered the Colorado Freedom to Carry Act, which has a Vermont-style permit system.
The entire text of the bill should be available soon at http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/sess1999/sbills99/sb156.htm
The Freedom to Carry Act
Senate Bill 156
By Senator Marilyn Musgrave; Representative Scott McKay
The Freedom to Carry bill is a simple bill, telling Sheriffs they "shall" issue concealed carry permits to applicants who are eligible to purchase a firearm under federal and state law.
This bill does not tell Sheriffs how to process paperwork, or other unessential details that have no bearing on the basic rights of citizens.
· Directs that Sheriffs (and Denver Police Chief) "shall issue" concealed carry permits to applicants who are legally eligible to purchase a firearm
· Sheriffs simply need to determine whether an applicant is eligible to purchase a firearm, an already existing process
· Makes carrying concealed with a permit an exception (rather than an affirmative defense, which forces you to hire an attorney and prove your innocence).
· Makes carrying concealed without a permit legal (an exception) in a vehicle
· Has statewide preemption, barring the creation of criminal safezones
· Does not revoke existing permits, but forces new permits to be issued under the bills criteria
· Is a short bill (just over 3 pages)
· Prohibits Sheriffs from:
· Recording serial numbers or any information about the applicants firearms
· Requiring government-mandated training (they can still give information on training and legal issues to applicants)
· Adding additional criteria for permits (such as requiring applicant show "need")