Bill would loosen restrictions on concealed weapons in Colorado
Republican freshman State Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, and State Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, have introduced a bill that would allow concealed gun toting on grade-school grounds, among other places, without a concealed weapons permit.
As the Denver Daily News reported, the bill augments current statutes to make obtaining a concealed weapons permit optional in the state. And the bill makes it legal for individuals to carry a concealed handgun on school, college or university grounds as if they have a concealed carry permit.
The bill changes Colorado Revised Statutes 18-12-105, Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon – unlawful possession of weapons to read:
“It shall not be an offense if the defendant was: A PERSON WHO MAY LEGALLY POSSESS A HANDGUN UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE AND OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE WEAPON INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT WAS A HANDGUN. THE AUTHORITY TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS PARAGRAPH (g) IS EQUAL IN ALL RESPECTS TO THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY A PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN AS SPECIFIED IN SECTION18-12-214.
The bill is being proposed under the specter of the recent tragic shooting occurring in Arizona where six people were killed and 13 injured. Arizona state legislators are currently proposing tighter gun restriction legislation that would reduce magazine sizes allowed in guns, among other proposals.
“It’s time in our society that the law abiding, the very best in our society, stand up for self protection,” Holbert told the Denver Daily News.
A host of Republican Representatives signed on to the bill, with only Rep. Wes McKinley signing on from the Democratic side of the aisle. Co-sponsorship in the Senate chamber was a strictly partisan exercise.
The bill stands little hope of passing the Senate.
While other bills loosening gun restrictions are likely in the works, repeat legislation Senate Bill 11-053 has again been introduced. It would remove the governor’s ability to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of firearms during a state of disaster emergency.