Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence Archives - Colorado Politics

John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 20, 20175min5764

You would think every week of the next couple years would by a good week for the gun-rights lobby. Washington is being run by hardline pro-gun officials. Even before Trump and the Republican Congress, the Obama-Biden efforts in Washington to pass any gun-control laws at all met stiff resistance and failed. So what's happening this week? On Wednesday at the Capitol in Denver the Democratic-controlled House State Affairs is all but certain to dispatch three gun-rights-expansion bills, one on gun training for school employees, another that would lower to 18 the legal age for concealed carry permit eligibility for members of the military, and another bill that would repeal the state’s 15-round ammunition magazine limit.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 20, 20174min920

…Gun-control activists will be rallying at the Capitol Wednesday to ensure the condemned legislation — Senate Bills 5, 6 and 7 — meets its anticipated fate. An array of groups comprising the Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence will hold a press conference at noon in the Capitol Building to drum up opposition to the bills shortly before they are heard in committee.

The Democratic-controlled lower chamber’s “kill committee,” House State, Veterans and Military Affairs, is fully expected to oblige the coalition.

The measures in the crosshairs would, respectively:

  • Establish locally designated handgun-safety training programs for school employees who carry concealed weapons to ward off attackers on campus;
  • Allow military personnel under 21 years old to acquire concealed-carry weapons permits;
  • Repeal Colorado’s 2013 ban on gun magazines that carry over 15 rounds.

The GOP-majority Senate had pushed the measures through earlier in the session, but of course that might as well have been in another state’s legislature given split control of Colorado’s General Assembly.

The coalition announced in a press release today:

Every year a few Colorado state legislators introduce similar bills from the year before which if enacted would dramatically weaken Colorado’s well-established gun-violence prevention laws.  This year is no exception. Colorado, in particular, is a state that has endured some of the worst acts of mass gun violence in American history, and we know that in the tragic mass shooting in Aurora four years ago, lives could have been saved if the high-capacity magazine the shooter used had been off Colorado store shelves, as it is today. Colorado’s 2013 common-sense gun safety laws are saving lives, and we will continue coming down to oppose weakening these laws every year if necessary…

The coalition includes the organizations Colorado Ceasefire, Colorado Faith Communities United, Hunters Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action & Mayors Against Illegal Guns —both part of Everytown for Gun Safety; League of Women Voters, Safe Campus Colorado, Ampathy, Progress Now, Golden Action for Public Safety, Organizing For Action, The Westside Action Group and the Brady Campaign.

Here are the details of Wednesday’s press event:


Press event with large coalition of concerned Coloradans and organizations fighting to stop legislative efforts to weaken Colorado’s established gun violence prevention laws.


Rev. Wayne Laws — Minister at Mountain View UCC Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence

Tom Mauser — Father of Daniel Mauser, shot and killed at Columbine H.S.

Jane Dougherty — Sister of Mary Sherlach, shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School

State Rep. Jeni Arndt, Larimar County

State Rep. Leslie Herod, Denver

State Rep. Alec Garnett, Denver

Amie Baca-Oehlert,  Colorado Education Association

JoAnn Fujioka, Colorado Parent Teacher Organization

Denver Public Schools Students


Wednesday, March 22nd 12pm


Rm. 0112 Colorado State Capitol