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Gun rights activists are still endeavoring to undo the advancements in public safety we achieved in 2013.  They also continue to push legislation enshrining their “more guns = less crime” philosophy.  Instead, as shown around the world and across our nation, “More Guns = More Gun Deaths.”
Bills to Loosen Gun Laws Currently in Process
BAD BILLS (most are really really bad)

SB15-032  Permitless Concealed Carry – Strongly oppose
Status:  Passed Senate Feb. 19th on 18-17 Party Line vote.   Assigned to House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs  
(Sen. Vicki Marble) Would allow anyone who is legal to purchase a handgun to be able to legally carry it concealed in Colorado, just as if the person had a CCW permit.  This is the 6th year this bill has been considered.

SB15-086 – Repeal Background Checks for Private Sale and Fees.  – Strongly oppose
Status:  Approved by Senate Judiciary (2/2).  Awaiting Senate Appropriations and floor vote.
(Sen. Kent Lambert and Rep. Janak Joshi)   Would repeal the provisions of both HB1228 and HB1229, which became law in 2013.  Criminals could once again easily acquire firearms through on-line sites, classified advertisements and other private sales because no one would check their backgrounds.  It also would return the cost of the background check to the taxpayer, rather than the gun buyer.

SB15-175  Repeal the Ban on High Capacity Magazines – Strongly oppose
Status: Assigned to Senate Judiciary
(Sens. Chris Holbert and Sen. John Cooke/ and Rep.  Stephen Humphrey) Would remove the ban on the sale and transfer of ammunition magazines over 15 rounds, which became law in 2013.  

HB15-1138 – Skip Background Checks on Gun Transfer for CCW permittees  – Strongly Oppose
Status:  Assigned to House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs  
(Rep. Kim Ransom/Sen. John Cooke)   Would exempt those people who currently hold CCW permits from the background checks required of all gun purchases and transfers.  There are a whole host of reasons to be opposed to this concept, but the biggest is that the permits are valid for five years, a time span wherein  a lot of things could happen.

HB15-1152 – Permitless Concealed Carry  – Strongly Oppose
Status:  Assigned to House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs  
(Reps. Dan Nordberg and Kevin Van Winkle/Sen. Chris Holbert)   Would allow anyone who is legal to purchase a handgun to be able to legally carry it concealed in Colorado, just as if the person had a CCW permit.  This is the 6th year this bill has been considered.

HB15-1168 – Guns in Schools – Strongly Oppose
Status:  Assigned to House State, Veterans and Military Affairs
(Rep. Patrick Neville/Sen. Tim Neville)  Removes from state law all prohibitions about carrying guns onto school property for people with concealed carry permits. 

Defeated Bills
HB15-1009  Repeal the Ban on High Capacity Magazines – Strongly oppose
Status: Defeated in House State, Veterans and Military Affairs on 2/2/15 on party-line 6-5 vote.
(Rep. Stephen Humphrey and Sen. Chris Holbert) Would remove the ban on the sale and transfer of ammunition magazines over 15 rounds, which became law in 2013.  

HB15-1049   Stand Your Ground (business)  – Strongly oppose
Status: Defeated in House State, Veterans and Military Affairs on 2/2/15 on party-line 6-5 vote.
 (Rep. Justin Everett and Sen. Kevin Grantham) Would allow a person to use deadly force against an intruder in a business location if they felt threatened, no matter how slight. This is a Stand Your Ground bill.  Think of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida and you’ve got the idea.  This is the 10th straight year this bill has been considered.       
HB15-1050 – Repeal Background Checks for Private Sale and Fees. – Strongly oppose
Status: Defeated in House State, Veterans and Military Affairs on 2/2/15 on party-line 6-5 vote.
 (Rep. Janak Joshi and Sen. Laura Woods)   Would repeal the provisions of both HB1228 and HB1229, which became law in 2013.  Criminals could once again easily acquire firearms through on-line sites, classified advertisements and other private sales because no one would check their backgrounds.  It also would return the cost of the background check to the taxpayer, rather than the gun buyer.

HB15-1086 – Speed Certificates for Transfer of Machine Guns  – Oppose
Status: Defeated in House State, Veterans and Military Affairs on 2/2/15 on 7-4 vote.  No’s:  D and R-Thurlow.
 (Rep. Patrick Neville and Sen. Tim Neville)   Would require CBI to take no more than 5 days to approve a certificate to transfer a machine gun or other dangerous weapon (silencers/sawed-off shotguns/grenades etc.)under special federal law.  Also would drive a “shall approve” mechanism for these devices.  Currently, it is at local discretion.

HB15-1127 – No Liability for CCW  – Strongly Oppose
Status: Defeated in House State, Veterans and Military Affairs on 2/2/15 on party-line 6-5 vote.
(Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt and Sen. Leroy Garcia)   Would require CBI to take no more than 5 days to approve a certificate to transfer a machine gun or other dangerous weapon under special federal law. 

Senate Judiciary:  R:  Roberts, Lundberg, Cooke  D:  Guzman, Merrifield
House State Affairs:  D:  Ryden, Salazar, Foote, Lontine, Primavera, Tyler, R:  Humphrey, Neville, Tate, Thurlow, Willett


Community Support

► 3 1/2 minutesDemocracy Now,  Black Lives Matter: New Film on Jordan Davis Captures Family's Struggle to Convict White Vigilante. Amy Goodman talks with Jordan Davis' parents and discusses the new film "3 1/2 Minutes."

► Daily Kos, Rep. Robin Kelly introduces H.R. 224 and the NRA doesn't like it one bit The bill would require the U.S. Surgeon General to submit to Congress an annual report on the effects of gun violence on public health and the status of actions taken to address such effects. 

► Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Do open carry laws make people less safe? Panelists discuss a Florida case involving an African American man who was tackled to the ground for carrying a gun even though he had a permit and whether open carry laws make people more or less safe.

► Vox.com, 10 Things I Wish People Understood About Suicide.Suicide is often impulsive. If the impulse is thwarted, and the person survives, they overwhelmingly report being glad they lived. Physical and conceptual barriers to suicide have been shown to work.

► Sputniknews.com, Hip-Hop organization wants Google to stop showing gun ads on rap videos. The Hip-Hop Chess Federation wants Google, YouTube and U.S. Concealed Carry Association to stop ads for guns and gun paraphernalia to selections frequented by teens in general and minority youth specifically. "There must be higher standards of ethics."

► Slate.com, The Myth of the Good Guy With A Gun. The NRA is wrong: Owning a gun is far more likely to harm you than protect you.The evidence overwhelmingly shows that guns leave everybody less safe, including their owners. 

► McGill International Review, Who Do You Protect?: Police Brutality and Gun Control. There should be a clear separation of labor: those who fight crime and those who create a safe environment. Leave the gun slinging to those who are specially trained for it while the regular police make sure everything else is under control.

► Greeley, Colorado Tribune,Arming school staff is a dangerous answer to a serious problem.  It is not worth the risk of increasing the odds of someone getting shot at Frontier Academy for the unlikely chance a staff member could stop a crazy person brandishing a gun.

► OrtizTime.com, Go Inside the Lives of Families Affected by Gun Violence.Carlos Javier Ortiz spent eight years documenting the effects of gun violence on communities in Chicago and Philadelphia. His work appears in his newest book, We All We Got. The Bronx Documentary Center will show Ortiz's work until March 22, 2015.


What the Gun Lobby is Doing

►  Bill would allow Texas teachers to kill students. A Texas state rep has introduced a bill that authorizes instructors to use deadly force in defense of the educator's person or in defense of students. Teachers would also have the right to use deadly force in defense of school property.

►  A new Alaska Republican wants gun control for EPA agents. The senator wants to ban police officers who work for the Environmental Protection Agency from carrying firearms in an effort to start "to limit the federal government in terms of some of its power and authority, but also in terms of oversight."

► Proposed firearm bills in Nevada would do away with the need for a permit in order to carry a concealed weapon, allow guns on college campuses, and do away with the current requirement that Las Vegas residents register their handguns.


Blogs
Advocacy

SHOT show protest
► Newtown Action Alliance,GunFreeKidsCT Against Gun Violence want NSSF tostop their aggressive marketing of semiautomatic weapons.

► Shira Goodman,CeaseFirePA, asks Philadelphia City Council to keep measure that prohibitspeople subject to protection-from-abuse orders from gun possession. 

► Americans for Responsible Solutions, So Congress wants to get something done? Here are 10 ways Congress can reduce gun violence.

► Toby Hoover, Ohio Coalition Against Gun ViolenceLake school board muzzles gun violence prevention voices.

► Coalition to Stop Gun ViolenceVirginia Senate votes down guns in schools, moves forward with background check bill.

► Colleen Daley, Illinois Council Against Handgun ViolenceIllinois is losing its battle with gun violence. Here's how to change that. 

► Lawdragon recognizes Jonathan Lowy, Brady Campaign legal director,among top 500 lawyers in America.

► Miranda Viscoli, New Mexicans for Gun Safety,Let's close gun show loophole in New Mexico.

► Center for American ProgressHow Gun Violence Affects Women in Nevada

► New Yorkers Against Gun Violence appoints Hudson Valley coordinator to assist with outreach, education and advocacy efforts.

Otis Smith
► Otis Smith, founding member of Arizonans for Gun Safety, died recently.  After his daughter was killed by a stray bullet Smith led the crusade to pass 'Shannon's Law' that prohibits firing a gun within a municipality.

► Law Center to Prevent Gun ViolenceGun Law Trendwatch: A roundup and analysis of the latest state firearms legislation.

► Washington Ceasefirebrings the smart-gun debate to Seattle. Techies and activists gather to discuss the next big step in firearm safety.


Worst of the Week

22-year-old Jerquan Dickson, of York, Pennsylvania, was arrested for allegedly shooting a 15-year-old boy who hit his car with several snowballs.  Dickson is accused of getting out of his car and chasing a group of children into an alleyway. One teenager was shot in the right arm and left thigh. His injuries were nonlife-threatening. Dickson was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.


In The News

 Mother Nature NetworkMother Nature Network, Guns really do change the way you thinkOwning a firearm, holding one or even simply looking at a picture of one has an effect on your brain.

► Violence Policy Center, States with Weak Gun Laws and Higher Gun Ownership Lead Nation in Gun Deaths. Analysis of 2013 data finds Alaska and Louisiana have the highest gun death rates in the nation, while Hawaii and Massachusetts have the lowest.

► The gun that was used to wound two New Hope, Minnesota police officers had been auctioned off by the Duluth Police Department. The gun had been confiscated by the Duluth Police, then sent to an online auction site where it was bought by a straw buyer for the shooter.

► No NotorietyParents of Aurora shooting victims ask media outlets to stop using the name of mass shooters. "The quest for notoriety and infamy is a known, motivating factor for people that want to commit mass killings or copycats. All we're asking is after the initial identification of a mass killer refer to them as the 'shooter' or 'defendant.' It's not that difficult."

► AlJazeera America, Guns in Schools: Psychologists say defense measures could traumatize kids. Schools are still the safest place for children. Metal detectors and security guards have been shown to increase students' fear of crime and cause them to feel less safe at school. This report is part of a seven-part series examining the issues surrounding school shootings.

Missouri and Kansas lawmakers propose anti-gun violence bills. In a rare show of bi-state and bi-partisan unity Rep. Stacey Newman, a Democrat from MO and Rep. Barbara Bollier, a Republican from KS, will present legislation to focus on domestic crimes and gun violence prevention.

gun range in yard St. Petersburg, Florida man builds gun range in yard, neighbors outraged.  21-year-old Joseph Carannate told reporters "I don't want to have to go to a gun range, when I can just go outside my door." Police say the range is not against the law despite being in the middle of a residential neighborhood. 

► Virginia state Senate panel advances gun violence prevention billTwo days after rejecting a bill that would prohibit gun possession for anyone convicted of stalking, assault and battery or sexual battery, a Senate committee reconsidered and approved an amended version of the bill.

► TSA seized a record 2,212 firearms from carry-on luggage in 2014.  83% of the guns were loaded. Guns included an assault rifle with two loaded magazines discovered at DFW and a 94-year-old man with a loaded .38 caliber revolver clipped to his belt at LGA.


Legislative Contact Information

Senate Judiciary

Ellen Roberts (R-chair)   303-866-4884  ellen.roberts.senate@state.co.us

Kevin Lundberg (R-vice-chair)  303-866-4853  kevin@kevinlundberg.com

John Cooke (R)  303-866-4451  john.cooke.senate@state.co.us

Lucia Guzman (D) 303-866-4862  lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us

Michael Merrifield (D)  303-866-6364  michael.merrifield.senate@state.co.us

House State Veterans and Military Affairs

Su Ryden (D-chair)  303-866-2942   su.ryden.house@state.co.us

Joe Salazar (D-vice-chair)  303-866-2918  joseph.salazar.house@state.co.us

Mike Foote (D)   303-866-2920  mike.foote.house@state.co.us

Susan Lontine (D)  303-866-2966  susan.lontine.house@state.co.us

Dianne Primavera (D) 303-866-4667  dianne.primavera.house@state.co.us

Stephen Humphrey (R)  303-866-2943  rephumphrey48@yahoo.com

Patrick Neville (R)  303-866-2948  patrick.neville.house@state.co.us

Jack Tate (R)  303-866-5510  jack.tate.house@state.co.us

Dan Thurlow (R)  303-866-3068  danthurlow55@gmail.com

Yeulin Willett (R)  303-866-2583  yeulin.willett.house@state.co.us

Talking Points

Not one law-abiding Colorado citizen has lost his or her guns due to the 2013 laws.

  • The U.S. firearm homicide rate is 20 times higher than the combined rates of 22 peer countries.
  •  If more guns means less crime, then America would be the safest country in the world.
  • Background checks on gun sales and transfers have prevented criminals and domestic violence offenders from easily obtaining firearms.
  • Colorado’s gun laws were held to be constitutional in federal court in June 2014.
  • The time a shooter takes to reload enables victims a chance to escape or subdue the shooter.
  • Speeding up and forcing approval of transfers of machine guns endangers public safety.


 

PBS Frontline looks at the Power of the NRA.  
This should air this coming Tuesday.  We agree that we are up against a most powerful force, but the gun lobby  didn’t fare as well as they would like to say in these last elections.  In Colorado it lost both seats gained by recalls.  In Washington state, voters overwhelmingly (60% - 40%) approved universal background checks (like those Colorado enacted in 2013, and for which the sheriffs have had their knickers in a knot ever since).  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/pressroom/press-release-frontline-investigates-the-unrivaled-political-power-of-the-nra/

LOOKING BACK:

December 11th Vigil exceeded all the planners' hopes and expectations.  Over 200 people attended, heard excellent speakers, marched around the capitol, signed cards to legislative leaders, and watched a performance on the capitol steps by Colorado Ceasefire Youth.    Special thanks to Alana Smart, who chaired the committee that did the extensive planning, and to Josie Brady for bringing so many youth to the movement.

At long last, our country has a Surgeon General.  It took over a year, but Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed on December 15th despite strong opposition from the NRA (which told senators it was scoring the vote.).  Special thanks to Sen. Ted Cruz, whose ploy to hold up a spending bill enabled the Democratic leadership to bring up the Murthy vote.  But the greatest thanks are toYOU for your calls to Senators Udall and Bennet, both of whom supported the Murthy nomination.

NPR’s Political Folk Song of the Year is focused on gender-based violence, particularly gun violence.   Alynda Lee Segarra wrote “The Body Electric’ because she was disturbed at the comfort level of musicians and  listeners to violent lyrics.   The recording is by Hurray for the Riff Raff.   Check it out: http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2014/12/11/370125443/the-political-folk-song-of-the-year?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2038

Facts:    Stanford researchers John Donahue et al. confirmed that concealed carry laws, rather than reducing crime, are associated with an increase in violent crime, particularly aggravated assaults, which researchers show increased by 8% in states with CCW laws in place.  Although the evidence is less strong, CCW laws are also associated with increases in rape, robbery and homicide.  http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/november/donohue-guns-study-111414.html

IRRESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS – just a small sampling:

Dog shoots man  http://nypost.com/2014/12/19/dog-accidentally-shoots-man/

2-year-old shoots/kills his mother  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/31/the-inside-story-of-how-an-idaho-toddler-shot-his-mom-at-wal-mart/

Texas Open Carry advocate shoots/kills ex-husband and step-daughterhttp://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/open-carry-advocate-kills-ex-husband-suspect-veronica-dunnachie

► Washington, D.C. to begin accepting first applications in decades for concealed-firearm permits. Move comes after federal judge's ruling striking down the District's long-standing concealed-carry ban.

►  After the shooting at the National War Memorial and Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, a look at how gun control works in Canada. Canada's laws are meaningfully stronger than those in the U.S. 



VIDEO FROM AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Gun violence is the second leading cause of death for children.
Video on Protecting Children from Gun Violence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mzikawXXh0&feature=youtu.be
                 

Michael Bennet    303-455-7600      202-224-5852        
website for emails:  http://bennet.senate.gov/contact
       
Cory Gardner (970) 848-2845 (202) 225-4676
website for emails: https://gardner.house.gov/contact-me

Check out this Great Video: http://youtu.be/LORVfnFtcH0

"Nonviolence does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent but to win friendship and understanding, " Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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