(March 21) – House Democrats led the way tonight in defeating a measure that would have drastically undermined common-sense safety and training requirements for concealed carry permits.

SB18-097, sponsored in the House by Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, R-Highlands Ranch, would have allowed anyone who can buy a gun in Colorado to carry a concealed handgun without training, a background check or a permit. The bill died in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on a 6-3 party-line vote.

“Permitless concealed carry would put guns in the waistbands of some of the scariest people in Colorado,” said Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, the chairman of the State Affairs Committee. “Domestic violence victims deserve more protection than allowing their abusers to be walking around strapped.”

“I have seen no data anywhere that suggests that we are safer in the United States for having easier access to guns and less training,” said Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, the vice chairwoman of the committee. “I’ve voted on this bill eight times in four years, and I’m still a no.”

“I’m voting to send a send a strong statement that Colorado stands for gun safety,” said Rep. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder. “I hope we’ll put an exclamation point on that statement on Saturday with the March for Our Lives.”

“Republicans in the state Senate just killed a bill to ban bumpstocks in Colorado,” said Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County. “Our vote today shows that there are still some level-headed people in our state legislature who recognize the importance of gun safety and protecting our communities.”

 

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