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Fruita Lawmaker Leaves Loaded Handgun in Capitol Committee Room

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By Associated Press


Updated: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:00:35 MST

DENVER (AP) - A state lawmaker says he'll no longer carry a firearm in the Capitol after he inadvertently left a loaded handgun in a committee room.
The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Republican state Rep. Jared Wright of Fruita left the gun behind in his bag after a  Feb. 6 committee debate on concealed handgun permits.
State law prohibits guns in the Capitol "without legal authority.'' Wright, who was on the Fruita police force in 2007-2011, says that as a peace officer he has a right to be armed in the Capitol.
Wright says after speaking with the State Patrol and Gov. John Hickenlooper's office, he won't carry a gun in the Capitol anymore.
Rep. Jonathan Singer, a Longmont Democrat, says he found the loaded gun after Wright and others left.

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