House OKs Final Parts of Gun Safety Package

(April 19) – The final parts of the Colorado legislature’s 2013 gun safety package won preliminary House approval today with voice votes on bills to require people with domestic violence convictions and dangerous people with court restraining orders to surrender their firearms upon court order, and to require in-person training courses for a concealed carry handgun permit.

The domestic violence bill is SB13-197, sponsored in the House by Reps. Beth McCann (D-Denver) and Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora).

“This bill puts teeth into what is already in law – that those who have restraining orders against them because of domestic violence or those who have convictions related to domestic violence are not allowed to possess firearms,” Rep. McCann told the House.

“This bill is about keeping children and families safe,” Rep. Fields added.

SB13-195, sponsored in the House by Rep. Jenise May (D-Aurora), modifies a 2003 statute to require that at least some part of the mandatory training course for a concealed carry permit be performed in person with a licensed instructor, ending online-only courses.

Rep. May said that as an experiment, her legislative aide, who has no experience with handguns, took an online course for a concealed carry permit.

“She answered eight questions, didn’t even watch the video, and passed,” Rep. May told the House. “I don’t think that was the intent of the legislature.”

The bills head to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has already signed five other gun safety measures.

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