Two Bad Gun Bills Go Down

Dems on State Affairs Defeat Second of 3 Bills That Would Increase Gun Threat in CO  

(Feb. 21) – Democrats on the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee are two-thirds of the way through denying three Republican bills that attempted to increase the prevalence of gun violence in Colorado. 

The second bill to be defeated was HB18-1074, the perennial “stand your ground” bill by Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, granting immunity to workers who shoot people who enter a place of business on the mere suspicion that the intruder – or is it the customer? – poses a threat. 

“I have heard of not one business owner in the city and county of Denver in support of this bill,” said Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, the vice chairwoman of the committee. “I just don’t see any justification for this.”

Earlier, the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee defeated HB18-1037, sponsored by Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, which would have allowed teachers with nothing more than a concealed carry permit to carry firearms in Colorado schools. 

Now being heard by the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee: HB18-1015, a bill by Rep. Stephen Humphrey, R-Eaton, and Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, to allow the sale or other transfer of high-capacity magazines like the 100-round magazine used by the shooter in the 2012 Aurora theater massacre.

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