John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 24, 20178min449

A state Senate bill aimed at better safeguarding students by allowing county sheriffs to train school employees in gun safety passed Tuesday afternoon on a party line vote in the Senate State Affairs committee. <a href="" target="_blank">Senate Bill 005</a> now heads to the chamber floor for consideration. The bill drew some 30 witnesses to Tuesday’s hearing. Testimony see-sawed for and against and stretched out for more than two hours. That the basic premises of the bill and the motivation behind its introduction seemed up for grabs was another sign, if any were needed, of how fraught gun politics remain in the state.


Kara MasonKara MasonFebruary 23, 20166min421

Monday was another gun-policy day at the Colorado Capitol. At the center of a second-reading back-and-forth in the state Senate, U.S. Senate candidate Tim Neville, R-Littleton, defended his proposal to lift the requirement that Coloradans who wish to carry concealed firearms apply for a permit and take training classes. “Coloradans shouldn’t have to go begging to the government to exercise their God-given unalienable Second Amendment right,” Neville argued. His bill passed the Senate Tuesday morning on a party-line 17-18 vote and now heads to the House where Democrats are sure to defeat it.