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CO CCW holders may get a bye on background checks


A step in the right direction; we'll see if the House passes it.  Looks like it will result in a statewide CCW permit, as opposed to the county permits issued these days.

DENVER, Colorado — A bill that would allow some gun owners to bypass additional background checks is headed back to the House.

The Senate voted 22-13 to pass the measure (House Bill 1180) on Friday. It would exempt people with concealed weapons permits from new background checks each time they buy a weapon. Those permit holders undergo background checks when they apply for a permit.

Senators agreed to change the bill to require the Colorado Bureau of Investigations to come up with one tamperproof permit card to be used across Colorado. County sheriffs are in charge of issuing permits, and each county has its own style of permit card.

Permit holders would have to show another form of identification when buying a gun.

The House will decide whether to go along with those changes.

Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, wanted sheriffs to be in charge of coming up with the permit card. He fears asking the CBI to do it could be used to try to kill the bill because lawmakers may not want to spend any money on the program.

The group representing Colorado sheriffs opposes the bill because there is no statewide database to keep track of whether a permit has been suspended because a gun owner has had a run-in with the law.

HB1180 was vetoed by Ritter on 15MAY.  I have a feeling our anti-gun reps pushed it through for the public support PR, knowing it was going to end up like this.

While it made sense on some levels, one of the provisions I agree with in the background checks is that it looks for active restraining orders to prevent domestic violence deaths.  I'm not sure how you get around that one since new orders are issued by the courts every day.


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