Ritter vetoes the Brady Bypass bill; Last day before Life Member, T-Shirt price increases
5/15/09 - Despite the hundreds of calls and e-mails his office received, Colorado Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter today vetoed HB1180, the Brady Bypass bill, showing his anti-gun bias and setting the tone for his 2010 re-election campaign.
The bill would have allowed Colorado concealed carry permit holders -- all of whom have already undergone an extensive background check and fingerprinting -- to skip the Brady Registration Check when purchasing a firearm, since they've already proven they are law-abiding. Brady Registration Checks are currently taking hours, and effectively denying citizens their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
The bill passed the legislature with 19 Democrat votes, showing it had broad bi-partisan support (almost one-third of the Democrat Caucus in the Colorado General Assembly). Senate sponsor Greg Brophy (R-Wray) called the bill a mere "pre-approval process" for a firearms purchase.
Anti-gun activist Tom Mauser and many "law enforcement" agencies (who testified against the bill) are undoubtedly happy to have Gov. Ritter in their pocket.
Today is the last day for a $500 Life Membership to RMGO
At midnight tonight the price for our Life Membership will increase to $750, so we want to give you one last opportunity to save some money (many already have).
What kind of benefits do Life Members get?
1. Complimentary pass for any Concealed Carry Class RMGO teaches.
2. A handsome, metal Life Member's pin.
3. A Life Member's card.
4. Future discounts at events (like our big .50 cal shoot), gun shows and gun shops
5. Life access and unlimited firearms postings on Cologunmarket.com, Colorado's premier private sale firearms bulletin board.
6. The knowledge that you are doing everything in your power to stop the erosion of our Second Amendment rights.
You can join as a Life Member here.
Introductory T-Shirt offer ending today as well
With the new postage price increase we were forced to raise the prices on our T-Shirts. So today is the last day before that price increase.
Our gameplan was to get these shirts in circulation by offering them at exactly the price is costs us to print and ship them. And we've sold more than 600 shirts in two weeks at our introductory price!
Note: we just received our re-stock of black shirts, and will be sending out those orders today.
Sen. Coburn stands heroically, while NRA's response fails to hit markU.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) is standing firm against H.R. 2640, but he needs your help (see below). His leadership in the U.S. Senate, a body almost totally devoid of principled and courageous statesmen, has been rivaled by few in the last decade. Send a quick note to Senator Coburn at to thank him for being one of the few voices supporting our Constitution.
If you contacted the NRA in opposition to H.R. 2640, you may have received an e-mail dismissing gun owners' objections to the bill. But make no mistake, the NRA is feeling the heat, and the criticism from the gun rights community is getting louder.
The NRA is bragging about how this bill, with it's rabid anti-gun House sponsor Carolyn McCarthy driving it, will improve the Brady Registration system, but they miss one fact: Gun owners want to repeal the Brady Registration system, not improve it. We were opposed to the original compromise, which was cut by the NRA (Click here for details on how it passed originally), and are opposed to anything short of repealing it.
Gun owners are also adamantly opposed to building massive government databases where, even if you have a clean record, the system will -- sooner or later -- come back to haunt you.
Witness Virginia, long considered one of America's most pro-gun states. Gun banners in that state proposed a one-gun-a-month rationing scheme, but couldn't pass it through the legislature because it was too costly to create the system to restrict the purchase to one gun a month. But once the NRA passed the state-level Brady in Virginia, the system was in place. It gave our opponents the tools to advance their anti-gun agenda, and it was accomplished through the actions of the NRA.
The real tone of the NRA's response is "Trust us, we wouldn't do anything to hurt your rights".
But gun owners around the United States are starting to question that trust.
Take, for instance, the comments of one former NRA member:
"You told us to trust you in the past, and we got the 1934 National Firearms Act; the 1968 Gun Control Act; the Brady Registration system; the Assault Weapons Ban; the Lautenberg Gun Ban, so many compromises on the state level I've stopped counting, and now this: HR2640.” Eric, NRA member
Or this one:
“Any trust you might have earned from me by the tough talk in your fundraising letters has long-since vanished with your cacophony of compromises on my gun rights. I'd sooner write a check to Sarah Brady, as she's not as effective at passing gun control as the NRA." Gerry, former NRA member
A checklist of problems hasn't been answered by the NRA, and can't be, because these are devastating facts:
1. Why pass this gun control (everyone knows that's what it is)? Without the NRA's help, this bill wouldn't have a prayer. But our enemies are smiling, knowing they have cornered the group that is tasked with defending gun owners into supporting HR2640.
2. This bill is a massive expansion of the Brady Registration system, a scheme gun owners want to repeal, not expand.
3. This bill is offered by the most rabid anti-gunners in Congress, and is being praised by all of the enemies of freedom. That alone should give anyone pause.
4. We're told we should trust the very group that has been bargaining our rights away for decades. Let me ask you: Are you more comfortable with today's firearms laws than those 50 years ago? No, you aren't. And who is the self-appointed decision maker on gun issues?
But why is the NRA doing this?
It's very simple: the NRA is more concerned with their image in the press and their relationship to squishy politicians than in standing firm for gun owners. They'd rather be liked by Washington insiders than respected by their members.
They covet their media-dubbed status as the being the "powerful gun lobby" (ever wonder why the anti-gun press would praise the NRA in such a manner?), and you can't maintain that image if you don't sit down with your opponents to cut deals -- that's what Washington demands of its players. And cutting deals is what the NRA does best.
Of course, that isn't what they'll tell you in their fundraising mail, but their actions speak volumes.
The NRA will tell you that that H.R. 2640 will bring relief to gun owners; they claim it only enforces existing law; they claim it is an improvement to the NICS system.
Gun Owners of America's long-time gun rights attorney does a great job of detailing why these claims are not only wrong, but misleading. You can read those here.
In order to swallow the NRA’s minor clerical “improvements” to the NICS system, we must assume it is better to fix unconstitutional gun control than repeal it. Most gun owners have enough common sense to understand that no matter how much you try to change them, a bad law is still a bad law and an “infringement” is still an “infringement.”
The NRA also claims that “wrongfully” accused gun owners will now have recourse to regain their rights. If the NRA hadn’t bargained our rights away in the first place, combat veterans, kids with ADHD and gun owners whom liberal judges view as “extremists”, wouldn’t have to spend $100,000’s to regain their constitutionally protected rights.
The anti-gunners are doing a good enough job putting gun owners behind bars. We certainly don't need those considered to be "on our side" to help them.
What the NRA refuses to publicly acknowledge is that H.R. 2640 loosens the restraints on anti-gun BATFE agents and liberal judges in the process of “adjudicating” the mental state of gun owners.
No matter how much perfume the NRA uses, this pig still smells like a pig.
What you can do:
- Call both your U.S. Senators and tell them to oppose H.R. 2640, the McCarthy/Leahy Gun Control Bill. The U.S. Senate switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. Ask for your Senators' office.
Go here to find your U.S. Senators.
Firearms Confiscations in New Orleans
Sept. 10, 2005 -- By now you have undoubtedly heard the reports of gun confiscations in New Orleans. In addition to denouncing this in the press, Gun Owners of America and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners will also be looking to draft legislation at both the state and federal level to preclude authorities from imposing ANY firearms restrictions during emergency response activities.
That government at any level would remove from citizens' hands the very tools critical to their self-defense -- especially in light of the failure of government to provide protection -- is outrageous.
Currently, Colorado law does not give state government the authority to confiscate legally owned firearms (see Colorado Revised Statutes, below).
In fact, in the 2003 Colorado Legislature, RMGO supported a bill that removed the broad power of the Governor to regulate firearms in the case of an "insurrection".
As you can see from existing law below, state law still claims the Governor retains the ability to "...Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of ... firearms..."
We will advise when there is more news on this front.
As used in this part 21, unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) "Bioterrorism" means the intentional use of microorganisms or toxins of biological origin to cause death or disease among humans or animals.
(1.3) "Committee" means the governor's expert emergency epidemic response committee created in section 24-32-2104.
(1.5) "Disaster" means the occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural cause or cause of human origin, including but not limited to fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, wave action, hazardous substance incident, oil spill or other water contamination requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage, volcanic activity, epidemic, air pollution, blight, drought, infestation, explosion, civil disturbance, hostile military or paramilitary action, or a condition of riot, insurrection, or invasion existing in the state or in any county, city, town, or district in the state.
(1.7) "Emergency epidemic" means cases of an illness or condition, communicable or noncommunicable, caused by bioterrorism, pandemic influenza, or novel and highly fatal infectious agents or biological toxins.
(1.9) "Pandemic influenza" means a widespread epidemic of influenza caused by a highly virulent strain of the influenza virus.
(2) "Political subdivision" means any county, city and county, city, or town and may include any other agency designated by law as a political subdivision of the state.
(3) "Search and rescue" means the employment, coordination, and utilization of available resources and personnel in locating, relieving distress and preserving life of, and removing survivors from the site of a disaster, emergency, or hazard to a place of safety in case of lost, stranded, entrapped, or injured persons.
Source: L. 92: Entire part added, p. 1014, § 5, effective March 12. L. 2000: (1) amended and (1.3), (1.5), (1.7) and (1.9) added, p. 83, § 1, effective March 15. L. 2003: (1.5) amended, p. 2176, § 1, effective June 3.
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24-32-2104. The governor and disaster emergencies.
(1) The governor is responsible for meeting the dangers to the state and people presented by disasters.
(2) Under this part 21, the governor may issue executive orders, proclamations, and regulations and amend or rescind them. Executive orders, proclamations, and regulations have the force and effect of law.
(3) (a) There is hereby created a governor's disaster emergency council, referred to in this part 21 as the "council", consisting of not less than six nor more than nine members. The attorney general, the adjutant general, and the executive directors of the following departments shall be members: Personnel, transportation, public safety, and natural resources. The additional members, if any, shall be appointed by the governor from among the executive directors of the other departments. The governor shall serve as chairperson of the council, and a majority shall constitute a quorum. The council shall meet at the call of the governor and shall advise the governor and the director of the division of emergency management on all matters pertaining to the declaration of disasters and the disaster response and recovery activities of the state government; except that nothing in the duties of the council shall be construed to limit the authority of the governor to act without the advice of the council when the situation calls for prompt and timely action when disaster threatens or exists.
(b) The members of the governor's disaster emergency council, as such existed prior to March 12, 1992, shall become the initial members of the council on March 12, 1992.
(4) A disaster emergency shall be declared by executive order or proclamation of the governor if the governor finds a disaster has occurred or that this occurrence or the threat thereof is imminent. The state of disaster emergency shall continue until the governor finds that the threat of danger has passed or that the disaster has been dealt with to the extent that emergency conditions no longer exist and the governor terminates the state of disaster emergency by executive order or proclamation, but no state of disaster emergency may continue for longer than thirty days unless renewed by the governor. The general assembly, by joint resolution, may terminate a state of disaster emergency at any time. Thereupon, the governor shall issue an executive order or proclamation ending the state of disaster emergency. All executive orders or proclamations issued under this subsection (4) shall indicate the nature of the disaster, the area threatened, and the conditions which have brought it about or which make possible termination of the state of disaster emergency. An executive order or proclamation shall be disseminated promptly by means calculated to bring its contents to the attention of the general public and, unless the circumstances attendant upon the disaster prevent or impede, shall be promptly filed with the division of emergency management, the secretary of state, and the county clerk and recorder and disaster agencies in the area to which it applies.
(5) An executive order or proclamation of a state of disaster emergency shall activate the disaster response and recovery aspects of the state, local, and interjurisdictional disaster emergency plans applicable to the political subdivision or area in question and shall be authority for the deployment and use of any forces to which the plans apply and for use or distribution of any supplies, equipment, and materials and facilities assembled, stockpiled, or arranged to be made available pursuant to this part 21 or any other provision of law relating to disaster emergencies.
(6) During the continuance of any state of disaster emergency, the governor is commander-in-chief of the organized and unorganized militia and of all other forces available for emergency duty. To the greatest extent practicable, the governor shall delegate or assign command authority by prior arrangement embodied in appropriate executive orders or regulations, but nothing in this section restricts the governor's authority to do so by orders issued at the time of the disaster emergency.
(7) In addition to any other powers conferred upon the governor by law, the governor may:
(a) Suspend the provisions of any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or the orders, rules, or regulations of any state agency, if strict compliance with the provisions of any statute, order, rule, or regulation would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with the emergency;
(b) Utilize all available resources of the state government and of each political subdivision of the state as reasonably necessary to cope with the disaster emergency;
(c) Transfer the direction, personnel, or functions of state departments and agencies or units thereof for the purpose of performing or facilitating emergency services;
(d) Subject to any applicable requirements for compensation under section 24-32-2111, commandeer or utilize any private property if the governor finds this necessary to cope with the disaster emergency;
(e) Direct and compel the evacuation of all or part of the population from any stricken or threatened area within the state if the governor deems this action necessary for the preservation of life or other disaster mitigation, response, or recovery;
(f) Prescribe routes, modes of transportation, and destinations in connection with evacuation;
(g) Control ingress to and egress from a disaster area, the movement of persons within the area, and the occupancy of premises therein;
(h) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, or combustibles; and
(i) Make provision for the availability and use of temporary emergency housing.