Musgrave/McKay Concealed Carry bill Passes the Senate

Feb. 22, 1999 -- SB156 passed the full Senate today on a vote of 20-13. Only two Democrats, Jim Dyer of Durango and Alice Nichol of Adams County, voted in favor of the bill, with the rest of the Senate falling down partisan lines. Sens. Elsie Lacy and Dave Wattenberg, both questionable GOP votes, were absent today. The Bill now goes to the House, where House Speaker Russ George will assign the bill to a committee and begin the hearing process.

Former Hero turns Benedict Arnold, tries to kill Musgrave/McKay Freedom to Carry Act

Once a staunch supporter of Vermont-type concealed carry, State Rep. Doug Dean (R-Colo. Springs) has sponsored a more restrictive concealed carry bill to compete with SB156.

This bill is nothing more than an effort to compromise our issue and pass anything, at any cost, just so that a politician can get his glory. Its effect will be to allow elected officials to split their votes between the two bills, and kill real concealed carry reform for 1999.

Dean's bill, HB1316, has government-mandated training, and even has a provision denying permits to those convicted of domestic violence, something gun owners have been fighting on the federal level for years (called the Lautenberg Gun Ban). In other words, you could be arrested for spanking your child and this bill would add to the federal language denying you your rights.

This move is especially puzzling because Rep. Dean used to be an ally on matters of freedom. His only reason to carry this bill, which makes passage of SB156 even more difficult, is to get statewide publicity just prior to the NRA National Convention, which will be held in May in Denver. Rather than go to the matt for your rights, Rep. Dean wants to curry favor at a convention.

Dean was an early critic of SB156. He flatly stated that the Musgrave/McKay bill could not pass the Senate Judiciary Committee, but it did. Then he said it could not pass the Senate floor, but it did today. Now, he claims the Governor will not sign the bill, but Owens' election was far too close for him to anger every gunnie in Colorado.

Apparently, Rep. Dean's political career is now more important than principle.

What you can do:

Call State Rep. Doug Dean (the House Majority Leader) at 303-866-2348 today, and tell him to stop playing games with concealed carry!

Tell him he can become a hero again by helping to pass SB156, the Musgrave/McKay Freedom to Carry Act, instead of offering another CCW bill that muddies up the debate and may kill all concealed carry hopes for 1999.

Musgrave Freedom to Carry Act passes Senate!

Feb. 19, 1999 -- Proving once again that we can pass a better concealed carry bill, Sen. Musgrave managed to pilot Senate Bill 156 through the Colorado Senate today with only minor amendments.

Musgrave's bill, which would force Sheriffs to issue permits to any citizen who was eligible to purchase a firearm, was debated this morning.

Sen. Pat Pascoe, a long-time gun foe, sponsored an amendment to require government-mandated training for applicants, which failed on a voice vote.

Sen. Ron Teck's amendment to increase the maximum fee for the 4 year permit from $20 to $100 was the only unfriendly amendment to pass.

Teck failed to articulate why Sheriffs need to charge this high a fee, especially considering the background check (Brady) is free to law enforcement. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was doing background checks for handgun purchases for $10, which is sufficient under this bill.

The other amendments to pass were sponsored by Musgrave, setting the expiration of permits at 4 years, set a 10 day requirement for issuing the permits, and granted reciprocity to citizens from any state that allow carrying concealed and/or permits (it would recognize Vermont's citizens' rights while they are in Colorado).

Senator Jim Congrove also successfully ran an amendment removing the ability of Chiefs of Police to issue permits (Denver Public Safety manager would have the duty in the city of Denver, where there is no sheriff).

Today's victory is only one of the many more hurdles this bill faces. Though there was no recorded vote on passage of the bill during Second Reading, the Senate will cast recorded votes for final passage of the bill as early as Monday. That vote will be posted on this web site.

Call your Senator, or forget Concealed Carry

Feb. 14, 1999 -- Feb. 14, 1999 - In just a few days the Colorado Senate will consider the only concealed carry bill still active in the legislature, Sen. Musgrave and Rep. McKay's Freedom to Carry Act.

Musgrave's Vermont-style concealed carry bill needs your help

With politicians whining that the bill is too pro-gun (they want more restrictions on your right to self-defense) and some "pro-gun" organizations quietly trying to kill this concealed carry bill because they want to keep politicians happy (politicians want government-mandated training, fingerprinting, and centralized databases), this bill faces a challenge to pass the Senate.

Musgrave will offer clean-ups amendments

The Freedom to Carry Act forces Sheriffs to issue permits to any applicant who is eligible to purchase a firearm. It is simple, short, and doesn't allow for wiggle room for politicians who say "I support the Second Amendment" but fail to prove it.

Though still not permit-less Vermont carry, this measure is light years ahead of any concealed carry bill offered in the past. If passed, Colorado would have the second best concealed carry law in the nation.

When the Senate hears the bill this week, Musgrave will offer a series of "house cleaning" amendments to SB156. The amendments will do the following:

· Set a specific amount for the permit (a maximum of $20 for a four year permit)
· Set a time limit for Sheriffs to issue or deny (10 business days)
· Reciprocity (recognizes rights of other states' residents while in Colorado)

Remember, this bill also allows you to carry concealed in your vehicle without a permit for any legal use. The current law has ambiguous language that has been contorted to require proof of overnight traveling.

It would also overturn Denver's draconian "public nuisance" ordinance, since carrying concealed in a vehicle would be legal.

Other pro-gun Senators will offer amendments to remove the criminal safezones (areas where permit holders are not allowed to carry, giving criminals the advantage) that were added in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Call your Senator ASAP!

You can call your Senator at 1-888-473-8136 toll free (303-866-2316 in the Metro area). You can also fax a letter or note to your Senator at 303-866-2012.

Ask your Senator to do two things: Remove all the criminal safezones, and PASS THIS BILL.

Any other vote will be considered anti-gun. Politely let your Senator know that this is THE gun vote for 1999, and should be considered very carefully.

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