Created: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 06:41:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 06:56:12 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A local legislator is introducing a bill to the Colorado State House that would allow law-abiding gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
The controversial bill is being co-sponsored by State House District 54 Representative Jared Wright just days into the 2014 legislative session.
Colorado is currently an Open Carry State, which means legal gun owning citizens can carry guns on them in public, but they must have a permit to have a hidden firearm on them.
Gun rights advocates said Concealed Handgun Permit laws are just a matter of clothing, and the law acts almost as a tax on citizens.
“I really truly believe it’s more of a revenue generator for government to be able to charge them to practice a constitutional right,” said Wright.
As of now the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department reports there are 8,224 active Concealed Handgun Permits issued by the county.