Yesterday (Feb. 4, 2011) State Rep. Chris Holbert (R-Parker) and State Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) introduced House Bill 1205, the Constitutional Carry Act of 2011.
This bill is designed to do one thing: allow citizens who are legally eligible to possess handguns to carry that handgun concealed without obtaining a costly, burdensome and bureaucratic concealed handgun permit.
One of the chief advantages this bill presents is that citizens are not put on any government tracking list merely for carrying the tools for self defense.
Citizens in Vermont, Alaska and Arizona currently enjoy that right, and Wyoming could be joining that list in the next few months.
Just as important as what HB1205 does are what it does not do:
- Does not repeal or otherwise change Colorado’s existing concealed carry permit law (CRS 18-12-201).
- Does not authorize the carrying of a concealed handgun by felons, the mentally ill, juveniles or anyone otherwise prohibited from possessing a handgun under state and federal law.
- Does not change where concealed handguns are allowed as defined by CRS 18-12-214.
- Does not affect reciprocity agreements with other states in any manner.
- Does not affect the ability of prosecutors to pursue charges for other crimes.
This bill is a major step for freedom, and is something every gun owner in Colorado should get behind.
Make sure you sign our petition for this bill by clicking here. We’ll let you know as soon as this bill is scheduled for a House Committee.