Thursday, January 25, 2007

Gun Rights In Colorado

Smith & Wesson Model SW1911 Pistol

Caliber .45 ACP

There are three Colorado legislative bills coming up next week for Committee Hearings that, if passed, will impact the rights of Coloradoans who hold Concealed Weapons Permits.

Two of the laws, if enacted, will ADVERSELY affect the rights of legal Concealed Weapons Permit holders.


In Colorado, County Sheriffs are the issuing entities for Concealed Weapons Permits.

However, many Sheriffs in Colorado strongly disagree with the Second Amendment and believe that private citizens shouldn’t have the right to carry a firearm for self-defense. And so they make it as difficult as possible for you to actually obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit.

The Sheriffs who hold this extreme point of view may not necessarily do anything illegal to prevent you from applying for the permit, but they make it quite uncomfortable and inconvenient. One answer to this obstinate resistance is utilizing Colorado’s Reciprocity law.

Current Colorado law (CRS 18-12-213) states that Colorado will recognize a valid permit issued in another state IF the permittee is 21 yrs of age or older AND the other state recognizes Colorado permits as valid in their state.

Senate Bill 07-034, if signed into law, Colorado residents would be barred from using concealed carry permits issued in other states.

Question: If you’ve passed a background check that includes the National Crime Information Center (N.C.I.C.), in another state and you’re issued a Concealed Weapons Permit from that state, why is that not good enough for Colorado?

Answer: The liberal State Legislators now in office, both Democrat and Republican, don’t like guns and they don’t want you to be able to carry one legally. They will do everything they can to ensure that you don’t.

So if you’re prevented from using a legal Concealed Weapons Permit from another state, you will be at the mercy of the extremist Sheriffs I mentioned above. And being the fascists that they are, they will want to keep track of anyone who has the audacity to legally carry a firearm in order to defend themselves adequately.

Orwellian Database

Enter House Bill 07-1174. This bill would allow Colorado County Sheriffs to enter a LEGAL Concealed Weapons Permit holder into the Colorado Crime Information Center, or, C.C.I.C. In effect, it will create a permanent database of LEGAL Concealed Weapons Permit holders so that any law enforcement officer or entity can have access to your information. LEGAL Permit holders will be listed in the same database as CRIMINALS.

If this bill becomes law, how do you think you’ll be treated when and if you’re pulled over for a traffic stop? After reading your name in the C.C.I.C. the police officer will probably pull you out of the car and take you down. Hard. Or with a police officer pointing his own weapon at you, you may be ordered to step out of your car and lay on the ground face down. You know, assume the position.

And yet you haven’t done anything wrong or illegal. But you’re listed in the criminal database based solely on the fact that you are LEGALLY exercising your 2nd Amendment rights.

One bill worthy of support is; SB 07-069

Senate Bill 07-069 prohibits law enforcement agencies from maintaining a statewide concealed handgun permit database.

Prohibiting law enforcement officials from listing you in this database will protect you from being abused or harassed by over-zealous police officers.

It’s a sad but true fact that MANY law enforcement officers do not believe in your right to legally carry a firearm.

Question: Why do you need to carry a gun? Isn’t it up to law enforcement authorities to protect you from assault or murder?

Answer: No. Police are not legally obligated to protect you or defend you. Their legal obligation is to the PUBLIC AT LARGE. Of course, many police officers WILL defend you or protect you, but they have no obligation to do so.

Chances are that at sometime in your life, you or your family will be confronted with physical assault that may result in great bodily harm or death. When that happens you have just a few precious seconds to react. What will you do? If you’re a responsible, trained gun owner who carries a firearm legally, you can protect yourself and your loved ones. When this type of thing happens, you don’t have the time or opportunity to dial 911. It’s up to you to put your training to use.

Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the Nazi SS and Gestapo, once said; "Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA -- ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the state." (Emphasis added.)


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