Gun show registration bill defeated;
battle on House floor advances some gun control measures
Friday, Feb. 11, 2000 - The House Appropriations killed HB1242 on Friday morning, with heavy lobbying pressure coming from both sides of the issue.
HB1242, which would have forced private purchasers at gun shows to undergo the Brady registration check, was defeated with the committee's Democrats and Rep. Steve Tool (R-Ft. Collins) supporting the measure, and the remaining Republicans (including Rep. Debbie Allen) voting against it.
Allen was the focus of much of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners' efforts, with mailings, e-mails, and even litdrops in her district, all designed to put the pressure on her. In the end, it was clear the efforts were not misplaced. RMGO also mailed numerous times in 4 other key legislative districts that could have been the deciding vote for the gun control bill.
This was a HUGE defeat for Gov. Bill "Gun Control" Owens. When considering the titles still left alive, only one of his major anti-gun issues is still left alive in the Colorado legislature: raising the minimum age of possession of a firearm.
House passes several anti-gun bills
Fresh from the news of defeat on Owens' gun show registration bill, the House began consideration of the remaining bills dealing with gun issues.
With the help of Governor Owens' staff, State Rep. Ken Gordon tried to amend several strongly anti-gun issues (including gun show registration checks and "safe storage" requirements) onto every possible bill, but his motions were denied because they did not fit under the title of each bill.
Most notable in the floor battle was the passage of HB1272 by Dorothy Gotlieb, a bill we have dubbed "The Trojan Horse." Though it currently only mirrors federal law on 18-21 year olds purchasing handguns from dealers, Gov. Owens has signaled his intent to amend the bill to ban the possession of all firearms to 18-21 year olds.
State Reps. Scott McKay (R-Lakewood) and Mark Paschall (R-Arvada) worked diligently to defeat this bill, and every gun control bill, but came up short in a somewhat rare recorded vote when 33 members beat 32 members to pass the bill.
The issue isn't dead yet - HB1272 will undergo a final recorded vote in the House (called 3rd reading) before it moves onto the Senate. That vote could be expected as early as Monday morning.
Passing the House on mostly voice votes (recorded votes will be taken next week) were:
SB125 - Authorizes the CBI to conduct Brady registration checks. Unfortunately, the "guilty until proven innocent" provision (often called "deny on arrest") is still within the bill.
HB1243 - Requires parental consent before providing a firearm to a juvenile.
HB1247 - Makes adults, not just parents or guardians, criminally liable when letting juveniles gain access to a firearm and they use it in a crime.
HB1235 - Requires some juveniles who are arrested to be fingerprinted.
HB1240 - Gives CBI authority to access juvenile records when conducting Brady registration checks.
HB1201and HB1241- Increase penalty for felons with firearms.
HB1214 - State penalty for so-called "straw purchases."
Pro-gun bills that passed the House were:
HB1208 - Limits the lawsuits on firearms manufacturers.
HB1114 - Keeps concealed carry permit information secret.
What can you do? Call these key State Representatives who supported HB1272, and who could turn the tide against the Trojan Horse bill.
State Rep. Gayle Berry 303-866-2908
State Rep. Joyce Lawrence 303-866-2922
State Rep. Gary McPherson 303-866-2944
State Rep. Joe Stengel 303-866-2953
State Rep. Bill Swenson 303-866-2920
State Rep. John Witwer 303-866-2957
You can call any of these legislators toll-free at 1-800-811-7647.
Urge them to vote against HB1272, which is just a backdoor method to disarm 18-21 year olds.