Does your sheriff enter you into a Criminal Database?

Does your sheriff enter you into a Criminal Database?

Feb. 11, 2004 - After more than a year of pressuring the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to release the names of those Sheriff Departments that enter Concealed Carry Permit Holders into the CBI Criminal Database, we now have the information.

Thanks to gutsy State Rep. Greg Brophy (R-Wray), this list is now public information.

Remember, Sheriff's offices (and the Denver police) are the only offices now issuing permits. But prior to the 2003 legislation, Police Departments also issued permits, and therefore could enter permit holders into CCIC, the Colorado Crime Information Center.

CCIC Updated list (3/15/07)

When the 2003 law was passed, it allowed Sheriffs to continue to enter these names into the database. House Bill 1205, which will be heard on Monday, Feb. 16th, would make that statewide database of permit holders illegal.

Why would a sheriff want to enter permit holders into that database? Essentially, their claim can be distilled down to keeping records on "persons of interest." What that means is that you are considered a dangerous person, just like a convicted rapist or murderer.

The following Sheriff Departments are entering concealed carry permit holders into CCIC. Included are the number of entries into that database from that department (if the number is very small, such as El Paso county, it means they are not entering permit holders into CCIC):

Sheriff Offices

SO Adams County             732
SO Arapahoe County         146
SO Archuleta County         151
SO Boulder County             669
SO Delta County                 182
SO Dolores County             27
SO Eagle County                 42
SO Elbert County                 18
SO El Paso County             1
SO Fremont County             103
SO Gilpin County                 34
SO Gunnison County           77
SO Hinsdale County             36
SO Jefferson County         1460
SO Kit Carson County        40
SO Lake County                 38
SO La Plata County           666
SO Larimer County            2425
SO Lincoln County             5
SO Logan County             54
SO Mesa County             1085
SO Moffat County             6
SO Montezuma County     1
SO Montrose County       389
SO Otero County             32
SO Ouray County             11
SO Pitkin County             27
SO Rio Blanco County   100
SO San Juan County        4
SO Teller County             167
SO Yuma County             22
SO Broomfield                 103

 

Police Departments

PD Greenwood Village     7
PD Pagosa Springs         1
PD Carbondale                 5
PD Gunnison                     2  
PD Arvada                         1
PD Golden                         24
PD Edgewater                  1
PD Fort Collins                 1
PD Palisade                     29
PD Monte Vista                8

To contact any of the sheriff's departments, go to:

http://www.csoc.org/counties.asp

 

What you can do about it?

We'll be offering suggestions as to how to pass HB1205 through the Colorado House (it already has every member of the committee it is being heard by as a co-sponsor) later.

For now, you should call your sheriff's department (if on this list) and DEMAND to be removed from this criminal database. It is an incredible outrage that Sheriffs would include permit holders on a statewide database with criminals, all designed to track you.

GOP House Leadership, Bob Briggs, Bill Sinclair kill Vermont/Alaska Carry bill

GOP House Leadership, Bob Briggs, Bill Sinclair kill Vermont/Alaska Carry bill

Feb. 11, 2004 - Yesterday the Colorado Freedom to Carry Act, HB1281, was killed by political maneuvering.

We'll detail the whole thing, but suffice it to say that what truly killed the bill was a deal cut between the NRA and Republican Leadership (at least in the House).

The House State Affairs Committee, where HB1281, is an 11-member group, with 7 Republicans and 4 Democrats. What used to be considered a very conservative committee has changed drastically, as you will see below.

Many of the usual suspects testified against the bill: Ron Sloan, who is the Arvada Chief of Police (he actually cited Handgun Control Inc in the hearing -- thanks, Chief Sloan, for keying us into your political leanings) and who testified on behalf of the Chiefs of Police, the County Sheriffs of Colorado and the Denver Police Department. Also testifying against the bill was the head of the League of Women Vipers...er, Voters, and the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (apparently, their director thinks a piece of paper bearing the letters "Restraining Order" are better protection to a frightened woman than a Glock).

State Rep. Mike May boldly rebutted the claims of the anti-gunners, and other pro-gun committee members joined in on the fun. RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown and a few other private citizens testified for the bill.

Unfortunately for Colorado gun owners, one member of the committee is on a trip to the Far East (Rob Fairbank), and one was sick (Shawn Mitchell, someone who has routinely supported gun rights issues). While some might claim shenanigans with the two absences, that is unlikely -- the true shenanigans have yet to be revealed.

House Speaker Lola Spradley, who is already running for Governor, appointed a replacement for Fairbank: State Rep. Bob Briggs, a Republican from Arvada. That was a sure sign that things were going wrong for HB1281. Briggs is well known as a big government, lefty Republican.

Remember that State Rep. Bill Sinclair, the term-limited Committee Chair from Colo. Springs, had signed a written pledge to support a Vermont bill. And Rep. Sinclair told HB1281's sponsor, Greg Brophy (who did a bang-up job presenting and defending the bill), that he would vote for the bill.

But House Speaker Lola Spradley had a deal to live up to: there has been growing talk, confirmed by many sources, that the NRA isn't pushing any gun bills in Colorado because it is an election year and they don't want to hurt Republican's reelection efforts, primarily those of the State Senate.

We'll explore this issue fully in another e-mail. But we wanted proof that this was the case, and so Rep. Brophy contacted Dave Gill, VP for the Colorado State Shooting Association, to ask them if they were supporting this bill.

Dave Gill's response was that CSSA "is not going to work on 1281 - I'd support it next year." What this means, along with other evidence, is that CSSA and the NRA agree that gun issues are harmful to Republicans in an election. Once you've agreed to that proposition, you might as well fold up shop and build a throne in the State Capitol to Tom Mauser and Sarah Brady -- now they've got supposed "gun rights" leaders believing their lies.

Back to the House Speaker: Lola Spradley was spotted talking to Rep. Sinclair seconds before the committee hearing. The fix was in.

Rep. Sinclair voted with the solid members of the committee (Dave Schultheis, Mike May, Kevin Lundberg, and Bill Cadman) to pass the bill, but that failed on a 5-5 tie (Republican Bob Briggs voted with the Dems against the bill). Usually, the Chairman would hold the bill over until a member returned later in the week. Rep. Briggs then did the Speaker's bidding and moved to "Postpone Indefinitely" the bill (i.e. kill it).

Briggs joined the Democrats, and rather than sticking to his guns, Rep. Sinclair voted to PI the bill. In other words, he figured he could have his cake and eat it, too. It's entirely too bad that Rep. Sinclair isn't able to run for re-election, as we'd relish letting voters know of his shell game.

That means Vermont/Alaska concealed carry is dead for yet another year.

In our next e-mail, we'll fully explore this deal cut between leadership and the NRA/CSSA. In the meantime, stand by for more fireworks.

And, remember the above names: all politicians are ambitious. When the Speaker begins her run for Governor in earnest, she may just find that gun owners aren't so keen on these kind of political games.


To view House Bill 1281, the Colorado Freedom to Carry Act, go to:

http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS2004A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/868BE7B8AE3DA28287256E1500638B4D?Open&file=1281_01.pdf

 

To view information about State Rep. Greg Brophy, go to:

http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/house/members/hou63.htm

 

To view information about bills in the 2004 Colorado Legislative session, go to

http://www.rmgo.org/billwatch04.htm

 

To see the Gun Owners of America Fact Sheet on "Why we need concealed carry policies like Vermont's" go to:

http://www.gunowners.org/vtcarry.htm

 

To see the listing of the safest states in the nation (Vermont is #1) go to:

http://www.statestats.com/dangsaf03.htm

Vermont/Alaska law introduced in Colorado

Vermont/Alaska law introduced in Colorado

Jan. 30, 2004 - Today State Rep. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) introduced "The Colorado Freedom to Carry Act", a bill to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns without going through the burdensome and expensive process of acquiring a permit.

"The US and Colorado Constitutions ensure our right to keep and bear arms, and in our modern society bearing arms for self-defense is best envisioned by thinking of a woman with a revolver in her purse," said Brophy, a first-term lawmaker from Eastern Colorado. "Alaska and Vermont citizens aren't required to jump through the hoops and hurdles of a bureaucratic and expensive permit system. Colorado legislators need to trust citizens as much as Alaska legislators do."

The measure, House Bill 1281, doesn't get rid of the permit process that was passed in the 2003 legislative session. Instead, it merely specifies that citizens who can legally possess handguns under state and federal law -- by definition, law-abiding citizens -- can carry concealed.

"To those who already have or want a concealed handgun permit, this bill changes nothing," Brophy said. "They may want to keep their permits so they can have reciprocity with other states that recognize Colorado's permitting system. However, many citizens can't afford to pay for the expensive training, fingerprinting and bureaucratic process the 2003 law created. And frankly, they shouldn't have to."

According to Brophy, this bill -- patterned after a law passed last year in Alaska and a long-held policy in Vermont -- will cost nothing to implement and give citizens real freedom while making Colorado safer.

"Because of this long-standing policy, Vermont is always ranked as one of the safest States in the Union," Brophy said. "Criminals don't care about bans on concealed handguns because they are already committing crimes like burglary, rape and murder. This bill will allow more law-abiding citizens to carry concealed while allowing prosecutors to throw the book at those who aren't allowed to carry."

The bill has been assigned to the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, and is scheduled to be heard on Feb. 10th, 2004.

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To view House Bill 1281, the Colorado Freedom to Carry Act, go to:

http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS2004A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/868BE7B8AE3DA28287256E1500638B4D?Open&file=1281_01.pdf

 

To view information about State Rep. Greg Brophy, go to:

http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/house/members/hou63.htm

 

To view information about bills in the 2004 Colorado Legislative session, go to

http://www.rmgo.org/billwatch04.htm

 

To see the Gun Owners of America Fact Sheet on "Why we need concealed carry policies like Vermont's" go to:

http://www.gunowners.org/vtcarry.htm

 

To see the listing of the safest states in the nation (Vermont is #1) go to:

http://www.statestats.com/dangsaf03.htm

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