DENVER—Tonight, Democrats on the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee heard more than eight hours of testimony on three Second Amendment bills, and responded with party-line opposition to each piece of legislation.
House Republican Leader Patrick Neville, who was a student at Columbine High School in 1999 and present during the April 20th shooting, responded to all three bills’ defeat with the following statement:
“Once again, Democrats showed their opposition to the Second Amendment and dismissed calls from millions of Coloradans to help improve school, workplace and individual safety. Allowing teachers the ability to protect students in a deadly situation, or people the chance to defend themselves at their workplace, or simply giving an individual the ability to purchase any size magazine are all common-sense solutions to modern-day threats, and I am disappointed Democrats continue to reject these bills.”
Representative Justin Everett added:
“Democrats still don’t understand that it’s our job in
the legislature to protect people’s rights, not take them away. From, Pueblo, to Colorado Springs to suburban Denver, citizens spoke, two Senators were recalled and one was forced to resign over the Second Amendment. Clearly, Democrats still aren’t listening to citizens.”
The following bills were killed in today’s committee hearing: House Bill 1036, sponsored by Reps. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) and Kim Ransom (R-Douglas County); House Bill 1037, sponsored by Rep. Justin Everett (R-Littleton); and House Bill 1097, sponsored by Reps. Lori Saine (R-Firestone) and Steve Humphrey (R-Eaton).
- House Bill 1036 – Concealed Carry in Public Schools: Would have allowed a person with a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed handgun on the property of a public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school.
- House Bill 1037 – Deadly Force Against and Intruder at a Business: Would have added a place of business to the locations that may be defended with deadly physical force if an owner, manager, or employee reasonably believed that an intruder might use physical force against the occupant.
- House Bill 1097 – Repeal Ammo Magazine Prohibition: Would have repealed the prohibition on the sale, transfer, and possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines.