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Gun shop disapproves of two measures waiting for governor’s signature

DENVER,  Colo. (KRDO) — Three bills pertaining to guns in Colorado have passed the state legislature and are now sitting on Gov. Jared Polis’s desk awaiting his signature to become law.

The three gun measures passed by state Democrats will allow localities to regulate firearms, expand background check requirements for firearm transfers, and create an "Office of Gun Violence Prevention.”

Local firearm store owners are now responding to the possibility of those bills being signed.

Paul Paradis owns Paradise Sales, a firearms store, in Colorado Springs. He takes issue with two of the bills, in particular, Senate Bill 256 and House Bill 1298.

Senate Bill 256 would allow a local government to enact ordinances stricter than state gun laws, but not less strict. Democratic Rep. Lindsey Daugherty is one of the sponsors.

“In this bill, we want to make sure that communities are able to have their own standards based on what’s happening in their communities,” said Rep. Daugherty.

Paradis believes it’s a good idea for municipalities to create their own gun measures.  However, he wishes the legislation would go both ways.

“What they keep doing is they ensure that more and more people are helpless and can’t defend themselves,” said Paradis. “And when you do that, that is not going to make the bad guys harmless.”

Gov. Jared Polis is also expected to sign off on House Bill 1298. It would require licensed gun dealers to get approval from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that a background check is complete before transferring a firearm. The bill requires the bureau to deny approval of a firearm transfer to a person convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses, including third-degree assault, sexual assault, child abuse, or a hate crime, within the last five years.

In Colorado, knowingly inflicting bodily injury to someone is enough to qualify as third-degree assault. But no actual injury is required under the law. Pain itself is enough to warrant a third-degree assault charge and conviction. 

The measure also extends the 30-day deadline to 60 days for the bureau to review and give a final decision in an appeal from someone who is denied the transfer of a firearm after a background check.

“This bill lengthens the amount of time that the government can be inept in keeping records,” said Paradis. “And that’s a problem for someone who feels they could be in physical danger.”

The final piece of legislation going to the governor is House Bill 1299. It creates an "Office of Gun Violence Prevention" within Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment. The goal is to "coordinate and promote effective efforts to reduce gun violence and related traumas and promote research regarding causes of, and evidence-based responses to, gun violence."

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    1. As usual, you are demonstrating your idiocy and the fact that you are a shill – anti-gun legislation drives gun sales through the roof.

        1. This is a foreign concept to you both individually AND as the resident shill, but many people actually oppose would-be authoritarian power grabs on principle.

          1. Proposed legislation by duly elected state officials is hardly an “authoritarian power grab” by any stretch of imagination.
            And I don’t think you understand the proper meaning of “shill” because I don’t qualify.

  1. “The goal is to “coordinate and promote effective efforts to reduce gun violence and related traumas and promote research regarding causes of, and evidence-based responses to, gun violence.”
    Research regarding causes of gun violence? It’s called criminals! And the proper response is to lock up and punish the criminals, something you liberals seem to hate doing.

    1. Those in charge will never understand this Mikey,,,, they want you disarmed so you can’t fight back. Our government should not be trusted at any level, we have cowards in place who will do what they are told to do, not act according to what they know is right. We will always have criminals who have guns because they are criminals and do not follow the laws. Laws such as these are aimed at regular citizens. As we have seen over the last year and a half the democrats run on hate and destruction, they want you disarmed and scared.

    2. You are of course correct about punishing the criminals. Our legal system is so screwed up, that it doesn’t do anything to punish any sort of repeat offenders, who seem be responsible for the majority of crimes. But this is not a “liberal” issue. It’s been going on for many iterations of governments under conservative rule too. So how do you suggest we all move forward with our common goal of getting violent criminals off the streets? Republicans don’t seem to be any more keen on doing anything than Democrats.

      1. As part of my job, I review all pending Colorado legislation. Sorry to say, but that put forth by Democrats is certainly pro-criminal, far more than what I see from Republicans. And no, I’m not a Republican, I’m unaffiliated.

        1. I’m also unaffiliated, because I have been unable to call myself a Republican since Trump took control.
          And you may be correct, that there’s more legislation sympathetic to criminals from Democrats, and that’s not something I agree with. In fact, I think we agree on what’s needed here. Although we may differ a bit on how to accomplish it.

      1. Supremacy Clause
        Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the U.S. Constitution is commonly referred to as the Supremacy Clause. It establishes that the federal constitution, and federal law generally, take precedence over state laws, and even state constitutions. It prohibits states from interfering with the federal government’s exercise of its constitutional powers, and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to the federal government. It does not, however, allow the federal government to review or veto state laws before they take effect.
        The Supremacy Clause also applies to the 2nd Amendment too!
        “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
        And the verbiage of the 2nd Amendment states, shall not be infringed. Case closed.

    1. It doesn’t matter what you, or I, think about these bills as to their constitutionality. Until the judiciary (State and/or Federal, as applicable) rules otherwise, they are 100% legal and enforceable.
      I have no qualms with having to wait a few more days for the background check to complete. In fact, I’ve never had to wait more than an hour for any of my background checks to complete, be it in California back when I was first stationed there, or here in my home State. Of course, I’m judicious in my firearm purchases and don’t go rushing to “get them before they are banned” like so many others seem to do.

      1. No one with a clear record should have any problem with more complete background checks, or small delays due to unqualified people arguing about theirs . . .

  2. As with any government “Office” it ends up becoming a money pit with none if not a small affect or results. It just becomes a feel good operation so you can say you are looking into it forever. Getting to the root of gun crime is not to difficult to figure out. It requires action not an office to investigate.
    It won’t have a affect on law abiding citizens except to lengthen the approval time or discourage them from going through the process. I always have to wonder when the narrative today is to make it harder to own a gun and at the same time de-fund/disarm the police. Who is the winner since criminals don’t follow any laws? Does it make for a safer community?

  3. You know ill just say this….we have hundreds of people dying from mass shootings and everyone is really SAD (yeah right) and we spend a few days saying how sorry we are and it should never happen again….BUT THEN YOU GO BACK TO THE WAY WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT……NOPE!! The very definition of insanity is: doing something the same way over and over and expecting a different result….these people don’t give a rats ass who gets killed as long as they make some coin….WRONG AGAIN…you’d think people would see this and stop shopping at these stores, but they don’t really care either not unless they know a victim..then they might care just a little (very little) more. PEOPLE YOU MUST CHANGE WHAT YOU ARE DOING if not then this will continue until you DO KNOW a victim or maybe it will be you next…think about it.

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