Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 16, 20186min4338

Democratic challenger Jason Crow on Thursday called on U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to return campaign donations the Aurora Republican has received from the National Rifle Association and urged the incumbent to "act now to pass commonsense gun safety reform" the day after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 dead and 14 wounded — but the Coffman campaign dismissed Crow's demands as political posturing.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackSeptember 13, 20176min331
WASHINGTON — A congressional committee considered a bill this week to expand recreational opportunities for hunters and fishermen, but the legislation also would make it easier to buy gun silencers. The bill’s Republican supporters said during a hearing that silencers would protect the hearing of hunters and gun enthusiasts. Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, is […]

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Peter MarcusPeter MarcusJuly 31, 20172min392

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.


John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 20, 20179min270

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 NjegomirFebruary 14, 20172min177

It’s a judgment call, of course. But here’s a sure thing: GOP-backed Senate Bill 6 is Republican enough — overwhelmingly so —  that it will meet its doom as soon as it leaves the Senate and enters the Democratic-controlled House.

The bill, introduced into the upper chamber by former Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, now a state senator from Greeley, would lower the statewide minimum age for obtaining a Colorado concealed-weapons permit from 21 to 18 for anyone “on active duty in, or honorably discharged from, any branch or reserve branch of the United States military forces, including the National Guard.” The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday and now goes to the full Senate for further consideration.

Skeptics might question whether veterans have greater personal-security needs than the rest of Colorado’s population as a whole. Those same skeptics might wonder, as well, if the bill isn’t more about politics than personal security — about burnishing GOP credentials with veterans and gun-rights activists while forcing legislative Democrats to vote in essence “against the military” when they inevitably vote against the bill.

Yet supporters contend there’s a bona fide need for the measure. Here’s a press statement from the Senate GOP Monday:

“We trust our highly-skilled young service men and women to defend us abroad, it makes no sense that we revoke their right to self-defense when they are here in Colorado,” said Cooke. “This is a commonsense step to strengthening liberty and allowing those who defend our freedom, to apply for a permit and go through a background check just like any other Coloradan who wants to defend themselves or their family.