Colorado: Legislature Adjourns from the 2022 Legislative Session

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Two days ago, the Colorado Legislature adjourned from its 2022 Legislative Session. IMG: NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( Two days ago, the Colorado Legislature adjourned from its 2022 Legislative Session, having passed some good, and some bad, legislation in the process.

This year, the legislature sent two gun bills to the desk of Governor Jared Polis: pro-gun, House Bill 22-1168 and anti-gun, House Bill 22-1086.  Both measures were signed into law.

House Bill 22-1168 allows local education providers, upon entering into an agreement with an individual or entity that offers hunter education courses certified by the division of parks and wildlife (division), to provide a hunter education course (course) to all seventh graders. The course must satisfy the requirements of a hunter education course certified by the division; except that hands-on activities are not required. The course must be taught by a division-certified instructor. A parent or legal guardian must provide permission for a student to participate in any hands-on activities that are offered as part of the course.

House Bill 22-1086 “The Vote Without Fear Act” – The title itself is enough to know that sponsors and supporters of this measure hate your Second Amendment rights.  HB 1086 bans the open carry of a firearm at voting locations in the Centennial state.  It is the intention of this measure to prohibit you from exercising one of your constitutional rights while engaging in another.

Thank you to NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters who stayed in constant contact with their lawmakers during this session.  Also, thank you to the legislators who voted in support of our Second Amendment rights and worked to prevent more anti-gun legislation from being passed.

About NRA-ILA:

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Reply on hold, but here is the link showing that the Colorado Sheriffs of Colorado and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police joined the Democratic Party, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Giffords to lobby for HB 22-1086 “The Vote Without Fear Act:”


Organizations that lobbied for HB 22-1086:

  • Colorado Democratic Party
  • AARP
  • Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund
  • Giffords
  • League of Women Voters of Colorado
  • Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
  • Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police
  • County Sheriffs of Colorado

Organized law enforcement agencies that lobbied against this legislation:

  • None

Regarding HB 22-1086 “The Vote Without Fear Act”

The County Sheriffs of Colorado lobbied for this legislation.
Anthony Mazzola is the President of the County Sheriffs of Colorado.
Anthony Mazzola is the Sheriff of Rio Blanco County.
Anthony Mazzola spent 4-1/2 years in the United States Army.
Anthony Mazzola was born in Colorado.

One of the biggest failings of the NRA is their reluctance to publicize the great lengths state, county, and city/town law enforcement agencies go to lobby against firearm rights. Law Enforcement needs a big, bright light shined on them.


I’m very pro-2nd Amendment. I belong to GOA and have a Concealed Handgun Permit issued by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. That being said, I’m not a big fan of “open carry”. First, it lets criminals know who is armed and makes them a primary target of the criminal, an unnecessary risk. Second, some people, mostly anti-gun, will feel very intimidated by and fearful of someone who carries a firearm openly. Although they shouldn’t fear open carry, they still do. It is possible although unlikely that some people wouldn’t want to share a polling place with someone who is… Read more »


It’s part of our survival genes to be wary of something or someone that is not familiar. It’s no different than a dog barking or growling at a stranger but happy to see family, friends and neighbors. Though I do not open carry frequently, it could be said that if sidearms were a common sight then few would give it any notice.


I don’t know why this whole “first target” myth is still a thing. With all the states that have open carry and all the thousands of people carrying there should be dozens if not hundreds of stories of people being the “first target”.