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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 9, 20175min13450

State Rep. Steve Lebsock, the Thornton Democrat facing complaints he sexually harassed a fellow lawmaker and a former lobbyist, on Friday chastised social media denizens who've been heaping criticism on state Rep. Lori Saine, the Firestone Republican arrested and jailed this week at Denver International Airport for bringing a loaded handgun to a security checkpoint.


Peter MarcusPeter MarcusJuly 31, 20172min1926

The number of concealed carry handgun permits in Colorado jumped 56 percent in recent months, according to a recent report.

Under President Obama, concealed handgun permits grew — a reaction to concerns that the administration would push a heavy gun control agenda. Permits grew to more than 16 million under Obama, underscoring a 256 percent increase since 2007.

Interest, however, continues to grow under President Trump, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, which conducted the study released earlier this month. Some gun-makers and dealers feared a drop because of Trump’s strong support of gun rights.

Colorado saw one of the highest increases in the country. With the recent surge, 9 percent of adults in Colorado now have a concealed carry permit, according to the report.

It highlighted that there were 248,478 permits in Colorado as of December 2016. There were 388,646 permits by April 30 of this year.

Nationally, handgun permits in the United States soared by 1.83 million since last July. The total number of permits in the country rose to 16.3 million. The study also found that the biggest increases were among women and blacks.

Nationally, concealed handgun permits are held by more than 6 percent of adults. Alabama, Indiana and South Dakota lead the pack, with 20 percent, 16 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

Women account for 36 percent of the total number of permit holders nationally, according to CPRC. Only a handful of states, however, keep that specific data. In those states, between 2012 and 2016, they saw a 326 percent faster increase in permits among women than among men.

Of states that keep records on race, from 2012 to 2016, the number of blacks who have permits grew 30 percent faster than whites who have them.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 15, 20175min1291

Remember the GOP bill in the legislature that would have provided gun training to designated staffers with concealed-weapons permits on Colorado’s K-12 campuses? The one that was approved by the Republican-controlled state Senate but, as anticipated, never made it past a “kill committee” in the Democratic-dominated House?

Well, Coloradans for Civil Liberties isn’t about to let it drop. In a news release today, the group announced it will offer privately the same kind of training that the legislature declined to bless with its official imprimatur. Though the new effort may be a cheeky end-run on lawmakers, point person Laura Carno, contacted for comment, says it’s all above-board; state law already allows concealed-carry permit holders to pack heat on campus if the school approves.

An estimated dozen mostly rural school districts, including the small Hanover School District 28 near Colorado Springs, have granted just such approval — essentially deputizing staff to enhance security given meager resources for full-time guards.

“It’s really up to the school,” Carno told us. Her group — whose motto is, “Restoring freedom one round at a time” — just wants to back up the credentials with some training.

“Current law has zero training requirements,” Carno said. “It just came down to if your school says it’s OK.”

That was basically the same argument made by Republican Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert, R-Parker, who sponsored the ultimately unsuccessful Senate Bill 5. Democrats weren’t interested and said even if the eligible staffers had their school’s OK, it still would eventually lead to more guns on campus.

Though the House Democrats seemed to feel it was too radical a policy shift, Carno’s group — which is affiliated with the libertarian-leaning, Denver-based Independence Institute and partnering with it on the training program — points out similar efforts have passed muster in less gun-friendly climes. The news release explains that its inspiration in fact comes from the not-so-Wild-West state of Ohio:

Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response (FASTER) has been taught in Ohio for the past five years, training nearly 900 school staff members. FASTER was the brainchild of Buckeye Firearms Foundation and Tactical Defense Institute, both in Ohio. The curriculum includes skills to stop active shooter situations, as well as advanced medical training to deal with related injuries such as gunshot wounds.

Application for registration for the first class in June is open to school staff who already have their Concealed Handgun Permit (CHL) and who have already been approved as a school security officer, or who are in the process of being approved, by their school board or charter school board, the press release states.

The program at first will be offered in Greeley with the help of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and then will extend its reach statewide.

Some districts have a budget for such training; for faculty and staff from districts that don’t, there is a scholarship funded by concerned citizens, Carno says, to help defray the $1,000 tuition.

For more information, or to register for the FASTER class, go to

Media questions? Contact Laura Carno at or 719-492-0211.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 26, 20174min118
…and in fact has been on life support for some time. But knowing they’ve already won won’t put a damper on plans by the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and their allies to turn out in force today at a House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee hearing and denounce Senate Bill 116. […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 22, 20174min5163

The floor vote in the Senate on Tim Neville’s “constitutional carry” bill on Tuesday went as expected. His <a href="" target="_blank">Senate Bill 116</a> passed with full Republican support, but Democrats took turns voicing opposition. The immediate future of the bill is all but carved in stone. It will pass in the Republican-controlled Senate and fail in the Democratic-controlled House, the same fate as the constitutional carry bill Neville ran last year.


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.


John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 20, 20179min1430

The week is already moving fast. Republican-sponsored <a href="" target="_blank">House Bill 1187</a> was shot down by Republicans in the Senate State Affairs committee. It was an important bill. Here’s a magazine-like summary of what it proposed to do, as best as I can write it at this stage: The bill aimed to allow the state to collect and spend more tax money by basing the limit of collectable money on Colorado personal income levels tabulated over the last five years. The sponsors think their formula is a better way to arrive at the tax-and-spending limit than the current formula, which adjusts the limit each year based on inflation and population changes. Any boost in tax money collected as a result of the new formula would be set aside to pay for education, health care and transportation projects. The bill would have had a ballot question outlining the plan submitted for voters to approve.

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