Keeping Guns Away from Domestic Abusers

(March 28) – The House Judiciary Committee approved two Senate bills to reduce gun violence today.

SB13-197, sponsored in the House by Reps. Beth McCann (D-Denver) and Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora), clarifies that people who have domestic violence convictions, or domestic violence restraining orders against them, are ineligible to buy or own firearms, and creates an enforceable mechanism for such people to sell or temporarily surrender their guns. It passed on a 7-4 vote on its way to the Appropriations Committee.

“Senate Bill 197 has the promise to make sure that we’re safeguarding families when they are torn apart by domestic violence,” Rep. Fields told the committee.

Rep. McCann recited a litany of statistics showing the strong connection between guns and deadly domestic violence.

“Guns and domestic violence really should not mix,” she said. “We are trying to provide a level of safety and comfort to those who live in the terror of domestic violence.”

Also passing the Judiciary Committee today was SB13-195, sponsored in the House by Rep. Jenise May (D-Aurora). It mandates that at least part of the training class for concealed-carry permits be conducted in person, not online. The bill passed on a bipartisan 8-3 vote and heads to the House floor.

“This is a public safety bill that requires the applicant to show competency with their weapon before a CWP is issued,” Rep. May said.

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