Gun Control Package Gets Initial 'OK' From House
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Colorado Democrats have given the initial 'OK' to four gun-control bills in the House that started a hot debate and even drew the attention of Vice President Joe Biden, who called four lawmakers, to talk about the debate.
"I agree with Governor Hickenlooper just a little over a year ago when he said that no amount of gun control that we would pass is going to stop the next massacre," said Jared Wright, (R) House District 54.
But other Colorado Democrats disagree, and have created a gun-control package including four different bills. One of which would limit high-capacity ammunition magazines to 15 rounds (HB 1224).
"We had a gentlemen testify on one of these bills, who's life was saved because of the fact that he had a gun with enough rounds in that gun to protect himself from multiple intruders in his home," said Wright.
Another bill that got the initial 'OK' in the House would ban concealed weapons on College Campuses (HB 1226).
"I think that is acceptable because it is a campus, it is a school. Guns shouldn't be in a school whether it's a campus or not. I think that this is a safe campus and it isn't necessary," said Jordyn Roles, Freshman at Colorado Mesa University.
The last two bills would require all firearms bought or transferred to have background checks which the individual would be responsible to pay for (HB 1228, 1229).
"To me, that is wrong. The Second Amendment is a Constitutional right and we don't charge you to practice your First Amendment rights, so in my mind, this is the same as a poll tax," said Wright.
Proponents for the bill say it would reduce the burden on taxpayers from paying for background checks.
"I'm for guns only when they're in the hands of the right people, if it's for hunting, or police officers," said Roles.
"If I believed for a moment, as a former police officer especially, if I believed for a moment that this would save one child's life, one innocent persons life, I would vote for it, but I don't. The reason is, people who are set out to do wrong, are always going to find a way," said Wright.
According to the Denver Post, Magpul, which is Colorado's largest and most profitable manufacturer of high-capacity ammunition magazines, has vowed to leave the state if these bills are passed.
The Denver Post reports Magpul says they expect to spend around $85 million in Colorado alone, and have about 600 employees.
The final vote for the House is set to happen on Monday.