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Colorado: Committee Hearings Set for Anti-2A Bills, Contact Committee Members Today!

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Colorado: Committee Hearings Set for Anti-2A Bills, Contact Committee Members Today!

As part of an extreme gun control agenda, four bills are currently flying through the anti-gun majority in Colorado. Collectively, they will further expand Colorado’s “red flag” gun confiscations, deny Second Amendment rights to young adults, seek to bankrupt the firearms industry, and require a three-day waiting period between firearm purchases and possession.  Please contact Colorado lawmakers NOW and ask them to OPPOSE ALL anti-gun bills that would place further burdens on law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen!

Passed the House, assigned to Senate Committee:

House Bill 23-1219 imposes an arbitrary three-day delay on gun owners taking possession of their firearms and makes this delay longer or indefinite if authorities fail to complete a background check during that time. Criminals will not be affected by waiting periods. Most state inmates who were in possession of a firearm at the time of their arrest obtained the firearm through an illegal source or from a friend or family member. Proponents of the waiting period claim it is a “cooling off period” that supposedly gives the prospective buyer time to reconsider their intentions and protect against impulsive actions. This argument has no logical basis. Two-thirds of gun owners own more than one gun. A cooling-off period for these gun owners could not possibly have an effect, as they already own other firearms. Also, HB 23-1219 allows inefficiencies or failures by state bureaucrats to indefinitely delay Second Amendment rights.  HB 23-1219 passed the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee and will now proceed to the Senate floor for consideration. 

Passed the Senate, assigned to House Committee:

Senate Bill 23-170 expands Colorado’s “red flag” gun confiscation scheme by allowing the designation of additional individuals as “qualified” to accuse people of potentially acting out in dangerous and unlawful ways in the future, and for authorities to confiscate their firearms to prevent these supposed actions from happening. Second Amendment rights are taken away based on mere speculation and hearsay evidence. “Red Flag” orders, or Emergency Risk Protection Orders, are designed to empower the government to confiscate Americans’ firearms without due process of law. They violate citizens' rights, without due process.  SB 23-170 has been scheduled for a hearing with the Judiciary Committee on March 22, at 1:30 p.m., in the Old State Library.

Senate Bill 23-169 denies Second Amendment rights to young adults aged 18-20 by prohibiting them from purchasing firearms. Adults who are old enough to vote, join the military without parent permission, and enter into contracts should also have their Second Amendment rights. This is an unnecessary restriction on personal freedom and choice. Such restrictions will not stop criminals from stealing firearms, getting them on the black market, or getting them from straw purchasers; they only infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. SB 23-169 has been scheduled for a hearing with the State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Committee on March 20, at 1:30 p.m., in the Old State Library.

Senate Bill 23-168 holds gun industry members liable for third-party criminal acts, by “knowingly or recklessly creating, maintaining, or contributing to a public nuisance.” It is possible a gun sold lawfully could later fall into a criminal’s hands, whether through theft, secondary transfer, or some other circumstance wholly beyond a manufacturer’s or dealer’s control. If industry members are potentially liable for every such occasion, it will make it impossible for businesses to exist in Colorado. SB 23-168 has been scheduled for a hearing with the Judiciary Committee on March 22, at 1:30 p.m., in the Old State Library.

Your NRA-ILA is actively opposing House Bill 23-1219, Senate Bill 23-168, Senate Bill 23-169, and Senate Bill 23-170. Please continue to follow these NRA-ILA alerts for the latest developments and updates.  ​


 

 

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.