Colorado House Passes Two New Gun Bills
KREX News Room
DENVER - Two new gun bills passed through the Colorado House Monday, one of which would make it so those taking gun classes online would also have to prove they can handle a gun in person.
James Colby, owner of Snipper Shoot, said since the wave of gun legislation, his fire arm supply has gone down but he's seen a big demand in their concealed carry classes.
He isn't the only gun shop owner facing this problem.
"All the major distributors that supply firearms retailers, they all pretty much ran out of supply on both ammunition and things like handguns, they're all still getting produced but both dealers and customers are buying them up in record numbers so they're really hard to come by right now," said Colby.
Although this has caused his stock to dip, he's seen a spike in folks signing up for safety classes.
New gun legislation passed the Colorado House requiring people taking online gun classes to also meet with an instructor.
"Some people were basically paying completing the entire course online and getting a certificate without seeing anyone face to face," said Colby.
As a gun safety instructor, Colby says he supports that legislation because only taking an online class can be problematic.
"It is important to bring those people out so they do have that face to face contact, so questions can be answered, so the instructor can get a good feel of the person and anticipate a problem," said Colby.
Some supporters hope it will also help retailers keep their safety classes full, while waiting for the gun shortage to pass.
The training bill is heading to the governor.
The second bill passed Monday would ban gun ownership by domestic offenders, that bill has amendments that lawmakers still need to agree on.