Colorado Gun Bills...There may be hope

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    pickenup
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    www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/legislature/article/0,1299,DRMN_37_1768683,00.html

    Coloradans who clear criminal background checks and pass training courses on handgun use would qualify for permits to carry concealed weapons under a law approved Monday in the state Senate.

    Sheriffs would be required to issue permits to anyone who met all of the qualifications. Current law allows police chiefs and sheriffs to determine who should get permits.

    Senate Bill 24 was one of two gun measures that won Senate support despite vocal objections by gun critics, who said the bills would cripple the ability of cities to keep guns off their streets and out of venues from parks to hospitals.

    The second bill, Senate Bill 25, won final approval on an 18-16 vote and now goes to the House. It bars local governments from enacting ordinances that conflict with federal or state statutes on the sale, purchase or possession of guns.

    It also allows the carrying of guns in cars for legal purposes within jurisdictions - a provision in direct conflict with current Denver law.

    Supporters of the two measures argued they were improvements over existing laws, but opponents sharply disagreed.

    "In Denver, we don't want them (more guns)," said Sen. Ken Gordon, D-Denver.

    Sam Mamet, associate director for Colorado Municipal League, said the bills would hamper cities' ability to enact ordinances police feel are necessary for public protection.

    "We're bitterly disappointed," Mamet said. "The score right now is Guns 2, Local Control nothing."
    (comment by pickenup) YIPEEEE

    But Sen. Ken Chlouber, R-Leadville, argued his SB 24 on concealed carry was far better than the current situation. It won preliminary approval and still faces a final vote.

    "It's entirely possible today for a sheriff to sit on the courthouse steps and hand out those permits to anybody, anywhere, anytime, no charge, if they so choose," he said.

    Sen. Jim Dyer, R-Arapahoe County, said his SB 25 would protect citizens from unknowingly violating local gun laws.


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    That's great news. 3 cheers for 'SHALL issue'!
    Rich


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