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Legislation of Interest at the Colorado State Capital

March 2017

 

There is currently a bill under consideration in the Colorado State Legislature (SB17-116) that calls for allowing concealed carry for a firearm WITHOUT a permit.

 

This legislation goes against the United Methodist Social Principle concerning gun violence.

 

Please contact your state representatives to share your opinion on this matter!

 

Talking Points: 

  • Anyone who legally owns a handgun in CO could carry that weapon concealed.  They would no longer need to go through a criminal background check, show competence in handling the handgun, or show that they do not have a substance use issue.  This endangers public safety.  
  • People have the right to be out in public without the concern that anyone without a permit could be carrying a concealed weapon.  
  • More guns in public increase the risk of more shootings.  Everyday disagreements can more easily escalate into more serious scenarios, especially in places where disputes frequently occur – in bars, at sporting events, and in traffic.
  • Since 2007, concealed carriers have been responsible for 849 US civilian deaths (including 17 law enforcement officials) and 29 mass shootings (data from the Violence Policy Center).  
  • Concealed carry does not reduce crime or mass shootings.  In fact, it has been linked to increased risk of violent crime (Stanford Report, November 2014).  No mass shooting has ever been stopped by an armed civilian. 
  • Colorado Bureau of Investigations performed 47,807 background checks for CCW permits in 2014 and found 224 “May Be Ineligible” and 122 to be “Prohibited”.  Do we really want those 346 people to be able to concealed carry?
  • Since the Concealed Carry Weapon program began in CO in 2003, over 4,600 people failed the background check due to felony convictions, domestic violence or adjudicated mental illness.  With this bill, all would be allowed to conceal carry.
  • After Arizona removed its requirement for permits for concealed carry weapons in 2010, gun related homicides increased by 27%.