1999 Legislative Session has 3 concealed carry bills
Jan. 25, 1999 -- The three concealed carry bills in the Colorado General Assembly offer a range of controls, fees, and government intervention.
From RMGO's perspective, only Senator Musgrave's SB156 is true to the spirit of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment.
Senate Bill 108 By Senator Tebedo / Representative McElhany
· Sets age limit at 25 years of age or older.
· Denies applicants who have been convicted of "any misdemeanor crime against a person, any crime involving domestic violence…"
· Permit expires when Sheriff leaves office (incumbent Sheriff re-election ploy)
· Expensive (it sets a maximum fee of $125 for a one year permit, though renewals are cheaper)
· Does not address the issue of carrying in the car without a permit, a time-honored practice in many areas of Colorado.
· A permit is only an affirmative defense, making gun owners defend themselves even if they have a permit.
Senate Bill 84 By Senator Chlouber
· Creates a statewide database, administered by the CBI.
· Expensive ($100 for 4 years)
· Requires a government-mandated training class (hunter safety does not count)
Notes: Between these two bills, clearly Chlouber's has less compromises. It must be noted that Sen. Tebedo is bragging that the Colorado Sheriffs Association has endorsed her bill (some would say it looks like they wrote it) which should make gun rights supporters wary.
Sponsors kill own Concealed Carry laws: NRA cancels National Convention in Denver
April 21, 1999 – The tragic events of April 20th have pushed politicians and the NRA alike to run screaming for cover.
Senate Bill 84, the Concealed Carry bill, was Postponed Indefinitely by the sponsors (Doug Dean and Ken Chlouber). House Bill 1305, the Preemption bill, was also PI'd today.
This was not done by a vote of the chambers -- sponsors can, and often do, kill their own bills.
This is not a total loss. What this means is that next year, or the following, Colorado will have another crack at passing a GOOD concealed carry law, not one so laden with compromises that liberal Democrats support it and some of the sponsors sell the bill as a form of gun control.
For preemption, the death of HB1305 is more problematic. There are many concerns that the bill gave cities the ability to create criminal safezones for concealed carry permit holders, yet it would have overturned Denver's assault weapons ban ordinance, and their draconian public nuisance ordinance, as well as other anti-gun laws in various cities.
In other news, the NRA canceled its National Convention in Denver.