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Hal BidlackHal BidlackSeptember 14, 20187min390

A recent story in the Colorado Springs Gazette got me to thinking about guns again. The story is headlined, “Colorado Springs man escapes murder charge under ‘Make My Day’ exception.” It reports that a judge in the 4thJudicial District ruled that the shooter, who killed a homeless man sleeping in the shooter’s apartment complex, was protected from prosecution. The judge ruled that our state’s “Make My Day” law, which allows the use of deadly force when a resident feels his or her person or property is threatened, shielded the shooter from legal action. Other versions of these laws are called “stand your ground” and the “castle doctrine,” with variations on the details but with the same core notion.


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John CookeJohn CookeMay 30, 20185min984

In the closing days of the 2018 session of the General Assembly, the so-called “red flag” bill was rushed through the state House of Representatives in only five days from introduction to passage. House Democrats and the progressive media were united and vocal in their support, but in the end, only two of 47 Republicans in the legislature thought HB1436 worthy of support.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackMarch 16, 20187min661

Since the most recent school shooting (what a horrible phrase), there have been quite a few folks arguing about what level – if any – of gun regulation is needed to help mitigate our nation’s gun violence problem. Those in favor of stricter gun laws argue for a new assault rifle ban and other measures, while those on the opposite side often argue it is a mental health issue, and we need to look at violent video games (as the President did last week), parenting, and bullying.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 6, 20182min873

Personable but plucky Colorado political operative Laura Carno wears a lot of hats, all tipped to the right. One of them involves serving as face and voice for right-to-arms group Coloradans for Civil Liberties, whose take-no-prisoners motto unflinchingly advocates, “Restoring freedom one round at a time.” And she regularly touts that priority far and wide.

Coloradans for Civil Liberties runs the FASTER program, which helps train faculty and staff at participating Colorado school districts in the use of firearms in crisis situations.

Last week, Carno took her message to national TV on Fox News’s Ingraham Angle for a debate over arming schoolteachers and staff, which Coloradans for Civil Liberties supports. She faced off with Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting massacre.

Canady told host and conservative provocateur Laura Ingraham his organization is against armed teachers and prefers that a law officer be based on each school campus to fend off another calamity like the one in Parkland last month.

But Carno said relying on one campus officer to get to the scene — to say nothing of a police force that could be blocks or miles away — could cost valuable time: “The faster you stop the shooter, the fewer people die.”

Watch the full debate (it’s brief) above.

Last month, a committee in the Democratic-controlled Colorado House of Representatives killed Republican legislation that would have let concealed-weapon permit holders carry guns on school grounds.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackFebruary 20, 20187min782

Yes, we do. Americans by and large accept the need for some gun control. No reasonable person supports the right of their odd neighbor down the street to have a tactical nuclear weapon. No reasonable person thinks a 10-year-old should be able to buy a flame thrower. No reasonable person thinks anyone should have a private anthrax cannon. We agree on gun control!


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 9, 20183min2458

Periodic opinion page contributor Jimmy Sengenberger, prez of the right-leaning Millennial Policy Center in Denver, says his organization is weighing in on a California court case with potential landmark implications for guns owners.

The center and attorney Joseph G.S. Greelee, a fellow in constitutional studies and firearms policy at the center, filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco against a pending California state law that criminalizes possession of 10-round gun magazines and even confiscates the magazines from current owners. The law’s implementation had been halted last year in a lower federal court, and that court’s injunction is now being appealed in by the California attorney general. (Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership and Denver’s Independence Institute are also partnering with the center on the amicus filing in the case, Virginia Duncan, et. al., v. Xavier Becerra.)

Explains Millennial in a press announcement Monday:

…MPC argues vigorously for (the law’s) unconstitutionality.  The Supreme Court has held that the Second Amendment protects arms “in common use.” Magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds are some of the most common arms in the country: tens of millions of Americans own over 100 million of these magazines nationwide. California’s law is extraordinary because it not only bans these extremely popular arms, but it actually confiscates those arms from law-abiding citizens who already own them.

What’s at stake for Millennials? Says the youthful Sengenberger in the announcement:

“As a group focused on the future and representing the interests of young Americans, the Millennial Policy Center has a keen interest in the long-term viability of the constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms … Ronald Reagan once said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We take this seriously, and we will engage in policy debates for freedom, including in the courtroom.”


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyJanuary 2, 20183min1089

A Denver councilman has proposed a ban on bump stocks — the device used by the Las Vegas shooter in October to increase his weapons’ rate of fire.

The legislation proposed by Denver Councilman Rafael Espinoza would amend the city’s existing ordinance banning assault weapons to make it illegal to sell, carry, store or otherwise possess a bump stock. The bill will go before Denver’s Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee on Wednesday. If approved, it will move on to the full City Council.

Bump stocks replace an assault rifle’s standard stock and frees the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly, channeling the energy from the weapon’s recoil. That allows for more rapid fire, nearly that of a fully automatic weapon.

The device came under the critical eye of congressional lawmakers after its use in the Las Vegas massacre — the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history — though the push to ban the device has slowed as of late.

The legislation notes the use of bump stocks during the Las Vegas mass shooting and how “the city could be susceptible to the dangers of bump stock firing mechanisms.”

In an interview with the Denver Post, Espinoza said: “I’m under no illusion that if somebody is hell-bent on committing a heinous crime, they could both have larger magazines and modify their weapon. But that said, the only people in the city and county of Denver that should have that kind of firepower are law enforcement and trained officials.”

Per the bill, Espinoza defines a bump stock as “any device for a pistol, rifle, or shotgun that increases the rate of fire achievable with such weapon by using energy from the recoil of the weapon to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger.”

The penalty for violating the measure could carry up to 180 days in jail and $999 in fines.



Mary MacCarthyFebruary 21, 20171min223
…do shoot down gun bills on the Democratic side of the aisle. ColoradoPolitics.com’s Peter Marcus and Joey Bunch engage in some horseplay while pointing out most state Senate Republican legislation expanding the rights of gun owners will be dead on arrival once in the hands of the Democratic-controlled state House. Alas, one party’s passion is another […]

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