As expected, the Democrat-controlled House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed all three pro-Second Amendment bills up for hearing on 02-08-2017 on 6-3 Party Line votes during a marathon session that lasted well into the night. The bills that were defeated were:
HB 17-1036, Concealed Carry in Public Schools, Rep. P. Neville (R-HD 45) and Rep. Ransom (R-HD 44)
HB 17-1037, Deadly Force Against an Intruder at a Business, Rep. Everett (R-HD 22)
HB 17-1097, Repeal Ammo Magazine Prohibition, Rep. Saine (R-HD 63) and Rep. Humphry (R-HD 48)
A number of highly-qualified witnesses, including Professor David Kopel, testified in favor of the bills. The Left brought out a larger group of emotionally-driven people from organizations such as Soros-backed Progress Now, and the League of Women Voters, who swore that “Colorado will never go back on the ‘progress’ that has been made!”
It was clear from the testimony on the other side and the Democrats on the committee that the next “steps” in their march to Utopia will be a semi-automatic firearms ban and a roll-back of concealed carry laws in Colorado, should the Left ever again take control of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office, as they had in 2013.
SB 17-006, Concerning Allowing Certain Military Personnel Who Are Less than 21 Years of Age to Obtain a Permit to Carry a Concealed Handgun, Sen. Cooke (R-SD 13) and Rep. Nordberg (R-HD 14) is up in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, 02-13-2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Committee Room (SCR) 352.
SB 17-116, Concerning Allowing a Law-abiding Person to Carry a Concealed Handgun Without a Permit, and, in Connection Therewith, Preserving Current Laws Restricting the Carrying of Concealed Handguns on Certain Property, Including Public Schools, Sen. T. Neville (R-SD 16) and 15 other Senators, and Rep. Van Winkle (R-HD 43) and 13 other House Members, is up in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on Wednesday, 02-15-2017 at 1:30 p.m. in SCR 357. It is currently scheduled as the last bill out of six on the calendar. This could change.
It is vitally important to contact your State Legislators in support of pro-Second Amendment bills. The Left is bragging that their “movement” grows, while support for our position fades. We have to keep up a strong showing, or we will lose!
We also must get more politically active than ever to ensure that the GOP has at least a one-house majority in the Legislature in 2018. The Mid-Term Elections have started.
Thank you very much for your support of the Second Amendment
Firearms Coalition of Colorado