Let’s tell Governor Owens ENOUGH!

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2000 - Though Gov. Owens claimed to be a strong supporter of our gun rights, he is now our biggest foe in the battle against gun control.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and the citizens that brought you the protest at the Governor’s Mansion invite you to join us again as we do our part to turn the tide against Gun Control, and the politicians that support it.

Join us in Northeast Colorado, where Gov. Bill “Gun Control” Owens is the speaker at a Republican party fundraiser. This is a great opportunity for gun rights activists to tell the Republican Party that Gov. Owens has betrayed our trust and his oath of office.

This protest will be conducted in the same manner as the Mansion Maul: we will exercise our 1st Amendment right to free speech by protesting the Governor’s flip-flop on the gun issue. Posterboard and pens will be provided: just bring a friend.

Who: You and dozens (maybe hundreds) other gun rights activists
What: Protest Governor Owens at a GOP Fundraiser
When: Monday, Feb. 21st at 6 pm
Where: Fort Morgan Quality Inn Hotel (I-76 and exit 75)
Call 303-432-3006 for more details

House Conservatives kill potential 18-21 year old gun ban;
NRA - Missing in Action ... AGAIN!

Monday, Feb. 14, 2000 -- In a huge victory for your gun rights, State Reps. Scott McKay and Mark Paschall took our battle to the House floor, fighting against House Bill 1272 on Third Reading.

Though most insiders expected the bill to pass, McKay and Paschall convinced 37 lawmakers (4 more than needed) that HB1272 by Rep. Dorothy Gotlieb (R-Denver) was simply a Trojan Horse that could usher in a gun ban for 18-21 year olds. The bill would have made Colorado law mirror federal law, barring anyone under 21 years of age from purchasing a handgun from a licensed dealer. The danger, McKay and Paschall (as well as RMGO) argued, is that it could easily be amended to include an all-out gun ban for 18-21 year olds, something Governor Bill Owens has been pushing.

NRA too afraid to fight (once again)

When the bill was being debated on the House floor on Friday, RMGO staff had asked the NRA to get involved against the bill in an effort to unite the gun groups against gun control. Instead, lawmakers reported that the NRA did nothing to kill the bill, instead making claims that the NRA had "promises" from known liberal politicians that amendments wouldn't be allowed. Gun control through compromise almost won the day, had it not been for the heroics of two House members and activists who put enormous pressure on the legislature to kill ALL gun control, not just the bills on which the NRA hadn't cut some kind of deal.

Once again, in the fight in Colorado this year the NRA was Missing in Action (MIA).

The defeat of HB1272 proves that when we fight gun control bills, gunnies win. So why is the NRA so reluctant to fight, and so quick to cut deals? RMGO wishes it knew.

It seems NRA lobbyists are more interested in keeping "access" to make "deals" than fighting gun control bills. Yes, they might lose some fights where everyone can see, but they'd also win a lot more of the most important battles. And then, their action in the legislature would be consistent with their direct mail.

Remember Wayne LaPierre: one week he is raising money with the phrase "jack-booted thug" and the next week his organization is actively supporting an $18 million budget increase for the ATF.

"Were we able to get the NRA actively involved against ALL the gun control bills in the Capitol, none of it would pass," said RMGO Chairman Damien Veatch. "Instead, the NRA makes deals with the politicians and expects them to stick, trusting those well-known to be untrustworthy."

Republicans voting for HB1272 (and against our rights) were:
Debbie Allen (NRA "A" rated)
Gayle Berry (NRA "A+" rated)
Dorothy Gotlieb (NRA "A" rated)
Bill Kaufman (NRA "A" rated)
Mark Larson
Joyce Lawrence (NRA "A+" rated)
Marcy Morrison (NRA "A" rated)
Joe Stengel (NRA "A" rated)
Bill Swenson (NRA "A" rated)
Steve Tool (NRA "B+" rated)
John Witwer (NRA "A" rated)
Russell George (NRA "A+" rated).

What's next?

Unfortunately, the CBI Brady Registration bill, SB125, passed the House overwhelmingly. But because of the changes while in the House, SB125 must go back to the full Senate for a final vote. Remember, SB125 allows the CBI to deny a firearms purchase until you are proven innocent, quite contrary to what most Americans assume is the process to practice a Constitutional right.

Call your State Senator today at 1-888-473-8136, or 303-866-2316 in the Metro area. Tell him or her to vote against SB125 because it makes citizens "Guilty until proven innocent."

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.

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