Urge Gov. Owens to appeal anti-gun Denver court decision

Urge Gov. Owens to appeal anti-gun Denver court decision

Shortly after the Nov. 3rd General Election a Denver judge issued a ruling that invalidates much of the 2003 Preemption law passed by the Colorado legislature.

You can read that decision by clicking here.

You can read Senator Mark Hillman's comments on the issue by clicking here.

What it boils down to is a debate over Article XX, Section 6 of the Colorado Constitution, called the "Home Rule" amendment, and whether the state can "preempt" local ordinances.

By his ruling, Judge Joseph Meyer has re-created another problem in Colorado: a patchwork of firearms laws will now once again exist, and citizens' safety will be at risk.

Governor Owens has a few options: he can ignore it, and essentially drop the issue, in which case most of Colorado's larger cities will enact stringent new gun controls (in total defiance to the Colorado Constitutions Article II, Section 13 provision denying them that ability); or, he can instruct the Attorney General to appeal this ruling.

What you can do: For once, we agree with CSSA -- call Governor Bill Owens at 303-866-2471. You can also e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ask the Governor to appeal the Denver District court judge's ruling on preemption, and to defend SB03-25, which was passed by the legislature to stop the radical gun controls imposed on citizens by cities like Denver.

Whichever way you contact him, make certain to include a Colorado mailing address.

2003 Voting Scorecard

2003 Colorado Legislature

Gun Rights Voting Record

House of Representatives

Senate

Printable PDF

Ever year in the legislature there are defining moments.  A vote takes place, usually on an amendment to a bill, that shows constituents (those few savvy enough to know how to dig out those votes) where a legislator stands on a given issue.

The following are what RMGO considers the defining moments for gun rights in the 2003 General Assembly.  Because not every vote taken on a supposed "gun" bill is important, we don't list all of those votes.  We list the votes where a line is drawn in the sand, and politicians must sweat a bit to decide how to vote.

Rather than spend countless hours searching for those important votes, we have distilled them down to these two tables.

The keys to the votes follow the vote tables.  Permission is granted to copy and distribute this guide with full credits to RMGO.

 

Colorado House of Representatives

Member Name

 

Lower Fee

Remove Training Time Limit

Database Prohibition

SB25

Preemption

%

Gayle BERRY

R

-

-

-

+

25

Alice BORODKIN

D

-

-

+

-

25

Betty BOYD

D

-

-

+

-

25

Bob BRIGGS

R

-

-

-

+

25

Greg BROPHY

R

+

+

+

+

100

Dorothy BUTCHER

D

+

-

+

E

50

Bill CADMAN

R

+

+

+

+

100

Terrance CARROLL

D

-

-

-

-

0

Michael CERBO

D

NM

NM

NM

NM

-

Lauri CLAPP

R

+

+

+

+

100

Mark CLOER

R

+

+

+

+

100

Fran COLEMAN

D

-

-

-

-

0

Bill CRANE

R

+

+

+

+

100

Richard DECKER

R

-

-

-

+

25

Rob FAIRBANK

R

+

+

+

+

100

K. Jerry FRANGAS

D

-

-

-

-

0

Timothy FRITZ

R

-

-

-

+

25

Michael GARCIA

D

-

-

-

-

0

Dale HALL

R

-

-

-

+

25

Ted HARVEY

R

+

+

+

+

100

Lynn HEFLEY

R

-

-

-

+

25

Mary HODGE

D

-

-

-

-

0

Diane HOPPE

R

-

-

-

+

25

Cheri JAHN

D

-

-

+

-

25

Ramey JOHNSON

R

-

-

-

-

0

Joel JUDD

D

-

-

+

-

25

Keith KING

R

-

+

-

+

50

Mark LARSON

R

-

-

-

+

25

Don LEE

R

+

+

+

+

100

Kevin LUNDBERG

R

+

+

+

+

100

Alice MADDEN

D

-

-

-

-

0

R. MARSHALL

D

-

-

-

-

0

Mike MAY

R

+

+

+

+

100

Bob MCCLUSKEY

R

-

-

-

-

0

Buffy MCFADYEN

D

-

-

-

+

25

Michael MERRIFIELD

D

-

-

-

-

0

Carl MILLER

D

-

-

-

+

25

Shawn MITCHELL

R

+

+

+

+

100

Angela PACCIONE

D

-

-

+

-

25

Tom PLANT

D

-

-

-

-

0

John POMMER

D

-

-

+

-

25

Ann RAGSDALE

D

+

+

+

-

75

Pam RHODES

R

+

+

+

+

100

Gregg RIPPY

R

-

-

-

+

25

Andrew ROMANOFF

D

-

-

-

-

0

Ray ROSE

R

-

-

-

+

25

John SALAZAR

D

-

-

-

+

25

David SCHULTHEIS

R

+

+

-*

+

100*

William SINCLAIR

R

-

+

-

+

50

Matt SMITH

R

-

-

-

+

25

Nancy SPENCE

R

-

-

-

+

25

Lola SPRADLEY

R

-

+

-

+

50

Debbie STAFFORD

R

-

-

-

+

25

Joe STENGEL

R

-

-

-

+

25

Lois TOCHTROP

D

-

-

-

+

25

Jennifer VEIGA

D

-

-

-

-

0

Valentin VIGIL

D

-

-

+

-

25

Frank WEDDIG

D

+

-

-

-

25

Paul WEISSMANN

D

-

-

-

-

0

Al WHITE

R

-

-

-

+

25

Tom WEINS

R

+

+

+

+

100

Suzanne WILLIAMS

D

-

-

-

-

0

Tambor WILLIAMS

R

+

-

-

+

50

John WITWER

R

+

-

-

+

50

Brad YOUNG

R

-

-

-

+

25

House Key:

Training Time Limit Removal - Rhodes Committee of the Whole Amendment to SB24 to remove the requirement that training be within the last 10 years (3/13/03) RMGO supported Amendment

Lower Fee – Rhodes Committee of the Whole Amendment to SB24 to lower the fee for concealed carry permits from $100 to $50 (3/13/03) RMGO supported Amendment

Database Prohibition – Lundberg Committee of the Whole Amendment to prohibit Statewide Database of gun owners (3/13/03) RMGO supported Amendment

SB25 Preemption – Final vote (3/14/03) RMGO supported Bill

A Pro-Gun vote is indicated with a +, anti-gun vote with a -.  NM = Not then a member.

* - State Rep. Dave Schultheis was one of the main members to push to remove the gun owner database in SB24.  According to Schultheis, he was busy lobbying other members for other changes in the bill and ran back to his desk just in time to press the wrong button.  He even tried to have the Journal changed to reflect his intended vote.  Given Schultheis’ record, we believe him.

Colorado Senate

Senator Name

 

SB24 – Database Removal

SB25 - Preemption

%

Norma ANDERSON

R

-

+

50

John ANDREWS

R

+

+

100

Ken ARNOLD

R

-

-

0

Bruce CAIRNS

R

+

+

100

Ken CHLOUBER

R

-

+

50

Jim DYER

R

-

+

50

Lewis ENTZ

R

-

-

0

John EVANS

R

-

+

50

Joan FITZ-GERALD

D

-

-

0

Ken GORDON

D

-

-

0

Peter GROFF

D

-

-

0

Dan GROSSMAN

D

-

-

0

Bob HAGEDORN

D

-

+

50

Deanna HANNA

D

-

-

0

Mark HILLMAN

R

+

+

100

Jim ISGAR

D

-

+

50

Steve JOHNSON

R

-

+

50

Ed JONES

R

-

+

50

Maryanne KELLER

D

E

E

0

Ken KESTER

R

-

+

50

Doug LAMBORN

R

+

+

100

Doug LINKHART

D

-

-

0

Ron MAY

R

-

+

50

Andy MC ELHANY

R

+

+

100

Alice NICHOL

D

-

-

0

David OWEN

R

+

+

100

Terry PHILLIPS

D

-

-

0

Peggy REEVES

D

-

-

0

Paula SANDOVAL

D

-

-

0

Stephanie TAKIS

D

-

-

0

Abel TAPIA

D

-

-

0

Jack TAYLOR

R

-

+

50

Ronald TECK

R

-

+

50

Ron TUPA

D

-

-

0

Sue WINDELS

D

-

-

0

Senate Key:

SB24 Database Removal – Lamborn Amendment to the Committee of the Whole to prohibit Statewide Database of gun owners (2/24/03)

SB25 Preemption – Final vote (2/24/03)

 

RMGO launches radio spots to educate Bedingfield

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GUN OWNERS

RMGO launches radio spots to educate, lobby 4th Congressional District Candidate Jeff Bedingfield

Wednesday, July 10, 2002 -- Rocky Mountain Gun Owners today launched a radio advertisement effort to force 4th Congressional District Candidate Jeff Bedingfield, a Greeley trial lawyer, to answer specific questions about his position on firearms issues.

"Jeff Bedingfield has voiced his support for a number of gun controls, and remains silent on others," said RMGO Chairman Damien Veatch. "With no voting record to prove his position on gun issues, Jeff Bedingfield is very dangerous to gun owners' rights."

Bedingfield told a group of Morgan County Republicans that he hadn't taken a position on the biggest gun issue facing the next Congress: the reauthorization, or repeal, of the largest gun ban in history.  The Feinstein Semi-Automatic ban, pushed hard by President Clinton and Sarah Brady, and enacted in 1994, sunsets in 2004.  That means Congress must either vote to reauthorize the ban -- many gun owners fear it will be broadened to include every semi-automatic rifle and shotgun -- or allow it to sunset.  Gun control advocates in Congress are unlikely to let it pass by without a fight.

"Bedingfield is endorsed by politicians who supported the 1994 ban, and he won't take a public position on it," Veatch said.  "Our attempt is to flush out his position on the Clinton Semi-Auto Ban and other gun control issues.  Our radio ads will be a great education tool, letting a wishy-washy politician know that banning firearms is not the answer to crime or terrorism."

The ads, which run across the Fourth Congressional District's more prominent radio stations, are scheduled to run through this week.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is Colorado's largest state-based gun rights lobby.

Click here to listen to the actual radio spots

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