Concealed Carry Banned Under 3rd Proposed Colorado Gun Control Bill; 2 Others Advance

Colorado Senate Bill SB21-256 Bans Concealed Carry
Colorado Senate Bill SB21-256 Bans Concealed Carry

Colorado – -(AmmoLand.com)- Two of three newly introduced gun control bills have passed their first hurdles. Bills HB21-1298: (even more) Expanded Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements and HB21-1299: Creates The Office Of Gun Violence both passed their respective committees and will move on to Second Reading and debate on the house floor. 1298 is scheduled for Second Reading the morning of Tuesday, May 11 (laid over from today) and 1299 has not yet been scheduled.

Tuesday, May 11th the next bill, SB21-256: Local Regulation Of Firearms, will be heard in the Senate State, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.

Use this magic link to email every member of the committee at once: EMAIL COMMITTEE

Anyone can provide public comment (testimony) by either attending the hearing in person at the Colorado State Capitol (room: Old Supreme Court) or registering to join the hearing remotely via Webex (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER). Public comment is usually 3 minutes, but at times can be reduced to 2 minutes.

SB21-256 Local Regulation of Firearms essentially repeals and replaces the 2003 firearm preemption law in Colorado Revised Statutes which prohibits local governments from creating firearm laws that would differ from state law. This 2003 law is important because if each of our 64 counties and 271 municipalities had different laws regulating firearms, things could get pretty messy for gun owners who have every intention of obeying the law.

This bill would replace the preemption language with new language stating firearm laws are, in fact, a matter of local concern, and local governments can enact their own laws but ONLY if they are more strict than state law – otherwise, those Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties would grow some teeth.

In the day and age of criminal justice reform being such an important and versed topic, it would seem most plausible they wouldn’t want to make it harder for people to obey the law. That obviously doesn’t apply to gun owners.

SB21-256 changes current preemption language to state a “…local government may enact an ordinance, regulation, or other law governing or prohibiting the sale, purchase, transfer or possession of a firearm, ammunition, or firearm component or accessory that a person may lawfully sell, purchase, transfer, or possess under state or federal law.”

This means any of those 64 counties or 271 towns and cities would be able to restrict firearms to whatever level their governing body should choose. Undoubtedly Second Amendment court challenges would follow…

The bill then goes on to add “…a local government, including a special district, or the governing board of an institution of higher education many enact an ordinance, resolution, rule, or other regulation that prohibits a permittee from carrying a concealed handgun in a building or specific area within the local government’s or governing board’s jurisdiction.”

This language allows for any of those 64 counties, 271 towns, and cities, 2,800 special districts, or 64 colleges to ban concealed carry whenever and wherever they’d like within their jurisdiction. Does this mean just parks and government buildings? Or downtown areas? Or can they choose to ban concealed carry within their entire city or county limits? From the way the bill is currently worded, they’d be able to ban it at city or county limits. And have no doubt, many cities would love to enact a conceal carry ban and strip their citizens of the right to self-defense.

So, a quick recap: After a madman murdered 10 people in a grocery store, in a state where violent crime is skyrocketing, the solution lawmakers have come up with to prevent tragedies like this from happening again is to strip responsible gun owners, and those worried for their own self-protection, of their right to self-defense in their own towns, counties, and even on college campuses where 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted.

Many may think this bill is a knee-jerk reaction, but have no doubt, it is an intentional swipe at the firearm preemption law that has been in place since 2003. Ten days before the Boulder King Soopers shooting, a Boulder County District Judge overturned a City of Boulder ordinance banning so-called “assault weapons” along with magazines over 10 rounds. Virtue signaling gun grabbers like to use this example as to why the preemption law needs repealed. What they fail to mention is Boulder’s own set of gun laws would have done nothing to stop the shooter. He didn’t live in Boulder. He didn’t purchase his firearm in Boulder. The heinous acts he committed are already highly illegal and would have carried a maximum sentence of the death penalty had Colorado not repealed it in 2020. The only other crime committed by the Boulder shooter that would have been covered under Boulder’s own specific town laws is the open carrying of a long gun outside of the vehicle in the King Soopers parking lot – before he began his massacre. That part of the Boulder ordinance was NOT overturned by the judge, yet the Boulder DA has not added it to his list of charges. The Boulder DA also has not added the crime of lying on ATF Form 4473 which the shooter did when he answered yes to question 21(c): if he’d ever been convicted of a crime that carried a maximum penalty of 12 months or more in prison even if he received a lesser sentence including probation.

In 2017 he was convicted of Third Degree Assault which is a Misdemeanor 1 carrying a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison. Lying on ATF Form 4473 is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

This bill will be heard in its first committee on Tuesday, May 11th 2021 at 2:00pm.  Anyone can provide public comment (testimony) by either attending the hearing in person at the Colorado State Capitol (room: Old Supreme Court) or registering to join the hearing remotely via Webex (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER). Public comment is usually 3 minutes, but at times can be reduced to 2 minutes.

If you can not provide public comment, please email the members of the Senate State, Military and Veterans Affairs committee and ask they vote NO on this atrocious bill! 

Use this magic link to email every member of the committee at once: EMAIL COMMITTEE

We will be streaming this committee hearing from our public Facebook page starting at 2pm, Tuesday, May 11.

Follow all Colorado gun-related legislation at our Legislative Watch page HERE.


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Degforyou
Degforyou
1 month ago

This does not have Harold’s name on it.

mlhtd51
mlhtd51
1 month ago

I can Almost Prove without any Doubt that Demonrats are out to Destroy the 2nd, most All Mass Shooters are Demonrat party Affiliated. I will still carry unless I have to go thru metal detectors, my hand gun is like my Mastercard, I don’t leave home without it.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  mlhtd51

In my review of these mass shooters I have found only one that was tied to a republican up bringing and he was found to be mentally ill. They don’t tell you in the news who the shooter really is. The person that came to Oregone and shot up Roseburg was a kommiefornia transplant. He hadn’t even lived here a year yet. His parents were demonrat.

Dee
Dee
1 month ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

You full of sh!t musician but keep singing. Smh. Lol. One thing I do know is Republicans lie their asses off!! Trump made the deplorable even worst. Damn shame. Here’s the proof.

#StillStollen??

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  Dee

If you wrote as if you had at least half a brain or the slightest little bit (very small) of intelligence (able to use logic ), I would give a shit but since you don’t I could care less what you think just like everyone else here on this page.

No one here gives a rats ass what you think about President Trump or people that support him. You have made it perfectly clear that you are demonrat BLDM ANTIFAG chemist snorting your own shit trash.

Now go post something to some one who cares WTF you think.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  Dee

don’t know what that means. You probably can’t tell me but I gave you a thumbs up anyway. Hope I did the RIGHT thing.

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75
1 month ago
Reply to  Dee

Tell me you moron, what does German Christmas bread have anything to do with this conversation?

You are a stone idiot!

Cheers from the oil patch in Central Wyoming

james
james
1 month ago

CO wants to be like NJ, where you have NO RIGHT to self defense, period.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  james

As with any demonrat or demonrat state.

Gdubb
Gdubb
1 month ago

What evidence do these liberal idiot lawmakers have that proves concealed carriers are dangerous? There is none. Anyone supporting this garbage lacks the equipment necessary for critical thinking.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  Gdubb

That would fall under the classification of those that follow the (want to be a writer) DEE as well as DEE herself. She is on crack again today.

gregs
gregs
1 month ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

whoa, whoa, whoa mm44. don’t assume d’s pronouns, you don’t want to be labeled transphobic, do you? (insert pronoun here) might be offended.

macdog
macdog
1 month ago

My apologies early for our esteemed gov Polesmoker, who despises Weld county and other independent thinking counties who actually honor their oath of office. Yes colorado has been kalifornicated; and mostly by “folks” like the boy from La Jolla CA, our POS gov. Unfortunately, free thinking is no longer allowed thanks to the denver/boulder communist corridor. If you choose to spend you hard earned vacation money in “colorful commie colorado” or moving to our “colorful state”, I would recommend highly to keep driving north. However, there are still some strong holds in rural CO who remain steadfast in their 2A… Read more »

Gdubb
Gdubb
1 month ago
Reply to  macdog

Douglas County is a great example. They just passed a resolution to become a medical sanctuary from mask and Vax mandates. I believe they are also a 2A sanctuary.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  Gdubb

HI, I didn’t hear that one and I just watched the kommie eugene news!!!! Gotta check it out somewhere else. Thanks for the info. We have been pretty much a F.U and your mandate county anyway.

Yes we are a sanctuary second amendment county but against our governor. I don’t believe we bought into the 2nd amendment sanctuary against the Federal Government. I hope i am wrong.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  macdog

Oh, so your governor is a foreigner just like Oregone has. I hope others see the trend. Odds are if they attended Berkly college in kommiefornia they are demonrat.

Vern
Vern
1 month ago

In Colorado, the democrats are thrilled to advance the ‘criminal’ element to;
“PREFERRED,” status. It’s how they roll.

nrringlee
nrringlee
1 month ago

Colorado. Kalifornicated.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  nrringlee

That’s what I was going to say but you said it first.

swmft
swmft
1 month ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

the demoncrats from new yak are fu.king up vermont and mass demoncrats are trying to impose rules in new Hampshire