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In the Colorado Legislature

As part of the effort to impede the spread of the coronavirus, the Colorado General Assembly has adjourned until March 30th, but may be extended. Actions on the following gun-related bills took place or were scheduled before the adjournment.

HB20-1278 Processes regarding Protection Orders 
Sponsors: Rep. Monica Duran and Jonathan Singer, Sen. Fields
Introduced in February, this domestic violence relinquishment bill had just been scheduled for a Judiciary meeting “for action only.”

HB20-1355 Safe Storage of Firearms

Sponsors: Reps. Monica Duran and Kyle Mullica, Sens. Jeff Bridges and Chris Hansen
Introduced March 6, this bill has not yet had a hearing.

HB20-1356 Reporting Stolen and Lost Firearms
Sponsors: Reps. Tom Sullivan and Sonya Jaquez Lewis, Sen. Jessie Danielson
Introduced March 6, 2020, its hearing has been delayed by the temporary adjournment.

The House State Affairs has this session rejected four harmful gun bills. All were defeated on party-line 3-6 votes.   The bills defeated were:

HB20-1271  Repeal of ERPO   Ceasefire 
Sponsored by– Rep. Lori Saine, Sens. John Cooke and Jim Smallwood
This bill failed on a 3-6 party-line vote on Thursday, March 12th.  We are grateful to the Democratic House Judiciary committee members for seeing to the demise of this bill.

HB20-1040  Guns in Schools – Sponsored by Patrick Neville, R-Douglas County.  This bill would have allowed any Concealed Carry Weapon permit holder to take hidden handguns into elementary or high schools.

HB20-1099 –  Repeal the Ban on High Capacity Magazines –Sponsored by Reps. Lori Saine (R-HD63) and Stephen Humphrey (R-HD48), and Sen. Vicki Marble R-SD23.
Would have repealed the 2013 law prohibiting the sale of high capacity magazines of more than 15 rounds.

HB20-1168   Deadly Force Against Intruder (business) – Sponsored by Rep. Sandridge (Rep. Shane Sandridge, R-El Paso County)
Would have allowed a person to use deadly force against an intruder in a business location if they felt threatened, no matter how slightThis 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 15th straight year a stand your ground (biz) bill has been defeated.

In the U.S. Congress

There are around 200 firearms-related bills already entered in Congress. This is a selection of prominent ones.

S. 42 and H.R. 8 Universal Background Checks – Strongly Support
Status S. 42: Introduced. 41 co-sponsors including Bennet from Colorado.
Status H.R. 8: Passed House on February 27th on a 240-190 vote.

YES Votes: Crow, DeGette, Neguse and Perlmutter. NO Votes: Buck, Lamborn and Tipton. Awaiting Senate action. Background Checks on all firearm transfers.

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S. 66 and H.R. 1296 Assault Weapons Ban – Strongly Support
Status S.66: Introduced. 34 co-sponsors, none from Colorado.
Status H.R. 1296: Introduced. 216 cosponsors including Crow, DeGette, Neguse and Perlmutter from Colorado.

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S. 69 and H.R. 38 Federally Mandated Concealed Carry (Reciprocity) – Stongly oppose
Status S. 69: Introduced. 38 co-sponsors. None from Colorado.
Status H.R. 38: Introduced 158 co-sponsors including Tipton, Lamborn, Buck from Colorado
Would mandate that every state honor CCW permits from other states and also people from permitless states. House bill would also allow someone denied a permit in Colorado to get one in a state that doesn’t require residency, would allow individuals to take their guns into K-12 schools, and to sue law officers or political subdivision if they are arrested or detained.

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S. 320 and H.R. 939 Require firearms dealer security – Strongly Support
Status S. 320: Introduced. 7 co-sponsors, none from Colorado.
Status H.R. 939 Introduced. 21 co-sponsors, none from Colorado.

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S. 817 and H.R. 155 Silencers (Hearing Protection Act) – Strongly oppose
Status S. 817 Introduced. 17 Co-sponsors, none from Colorado.

Status H.R. 155 Introduced. 72 co-sponsors including Buck from Colorado.
Would make silencers easier to obtain. Danger of not knowing location of shooter. Weakens Shotspotter.

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H.R. 157 – Repeal PLACA Strongly support
Status: Introduced. 2 co-sponsors, none from Colorado. Would repeal law shielding gun industry from lawsuits.

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H.R. 686 – Stop Online Ammunition Sales – Strongly Support
Status: Introduced. 34 co-sponsors including DeGette from Colorado.

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H.R. 717 – Ban Sale of Semiautomatics to those under 21 – Strongly Support
Status: Introduced. 66 co-sponsors including DeGette and Neguse from Colorado.

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H.R. 971 – Prohibit firearms possession by those with animal cruelty convictions – Strongly Support
Status: Introduced. 2 co-sponsors, none Colorado.

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H.R. 1112 Expanded Background Checks – Strongly Support
Status: Passed House on 2/28 on vote of 228-198. Voting YES: Crow, DeGette, Neguse and Perlmutter. Voting NO: Buck, Lamborn, and Tipton. Awaiting Senate Action. Extend the time limit for BG checks. Charleston Loophole.

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H.R 1297 Armor Piercing Weapons – Strongly Support
Status: Introduced. 26 cosponsors, none Colorado. Regulate armor concealable weapons like machine guns.

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H.R. 1585 Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act – Support
Status: Passed House on 4/4/2019 on a 263-158 vote. YES votes: Crow, DeGette, Neguse and Perlmutter. NO Votes: Buck, Lamborn, and Tipton. Awaiting senate action. Has provisions on gun possession by stalkers, abusive partners.

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2020 Appropriations Acts
Contained $25 million in appropriations to CDC and NIH for gun violence research. Passed by House, Senate and signed by the president on Dec. 20, 2019.

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How a bill becomes law in the Colorado Legislature

Can only submit 5 bills each session, unless granted permission by leadership.

Must submit bills by a specified date, unless granted permission by leadership for a late bill.

Finds a supportive legislator in the other chamber as a sponsor and lines up co-sponsors.

Works with legislative services to draft language consistent with state statute.

Legislators are anxious to pass bills under their own names to demonstrate to their constituents their commitment to working for the good of Colorado and their district.

In Colorado the title of a bill is extremely important and legislators are careful in how they craft the title. Under the Colorado constitution, a measure cannot cover more than one issue. Additionally, the bill cannot be amended unless the amendment conforms with the title. Unfriendly amendments have even occurred which erased the bill entirely and replaced it with new language. Sometimes amendments are applied which have strategic intent for election purposes.

First reading is when the bill is read across by the clerk in the first chamber of reference (house or senate).

The bill is then assigned to a committee of reference by the majority leadership of the chamber. Sometimes the leadership will assign the bill to several committees. State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee is often used by the leadership for bills they do not want to see continue.

All bills with a fiscal note must be approved by the Appropriations Committee before going to the “committee of the whole” (the house or senate chamber). Appropriations can defeat the bill for any reason, not just monetary. No testimony is taken at Appropriations.

The committee of reference takes public testimony and discusses the bill. It will consider amendments and then vote whether or not to approve the bill.

Bills that are approved by a majority of the committee then go on to the next committee of reference, which could be another committee or the committee of the whole.

Bills that fail to receive a majority of votes in committee are usually considered for postponing indefinitely (PI). Bills that are PI’ed are dead for the session.

Committee hearings (except Appropriations) generally occur in the afternoons or after adjournment of the Committee of the Whole. They also have a set meeting weekly schedule, although this may all change towards the end of the session.

Only rarely will a committee meet on Friday.

A bill hearing must appear on the calendar at least 48-hours before it is to be considered.

Occurs with the Committee of the Whole (entire House or Senate).

Bills, as amended by committee(s), are presented to the entire chamber and are debated.

Citizens may observe from the gallery, but no public testimony is taken.

Bills can be amended at 2nd reading.

When a vote is taken, if the bill is defeated, it is considered dead (although occasionally there is a parliamentary move to reconsider).

The votes on second reading are not recorded, unless someone does a parliamentary maneuver to ensure recording of the votes.

In order to obtain approval of a chamber, the bill must be approved on a 3rd reading.

Therefore, every legislator has an opportunity to rethink his or her vote on a bill (and sometimes get an earful from the citizenry).

It is generally considered bad form to offer amendments to a third reading of a bill, and legislators have to receive permission of the chamber to offer one.

3rd reading votes are final and are recorded. Votes appear in the journal of the chamber.

After the bill passes 3rd reading, it then proceeds to the other chamber for the same 3 readings. The successful amendments from the first chamber are incorporated into an “engrossed” bill.

After a bill passes 3rd reading in the second chamber, it heads to the Governor for his signature or veto, unless the 2nd chamber or committees amended the bill. Those Amended bills are sent back to the first chamber, where a concurrence vote is sought.

If the first chamber does not concur with the changes applied by the second chamber, a conference committee is appointed to work out the differences. The bill that emerges from the conference committee must be approved by both chambers before heading to the Governor.

Governor may choose to sign, veto, or take no action on a bill.

A bill becomes law if:

  • Governor signs
  • 2/3 of each chamber overrides the Governor’s veto
  • Governor fails to sign after 10 days during session or 30 days after legislature adjourns.

In mid-March legislative attention turns to the state budget and the Long bill (because it is very long). This bill funds the entire state government. The Long bill is a product of the Joint Budget Committee (JBC), a powerful bipartisan committee that works closely all session focused on the state budget.

Colorado U.S. Senate Race: Candidates' positions on gun laws

Republican
Democrat

Colorado will be one of the key states watched for control of the U.S. Senate.  There is one Republican challenging the incumbent, Sen. Cory Gardner, and ten Democrats.  

Use the toggle button above to learn about Republican and Democratic positions on gun violence prevention.

Cory Gardner

The incumbent U.S. Senator, Gardner is a fervent opponent of gun violence prevention, and would likely oppose virtually all of  our key gun violence prevention measures.  His website is silent on all of our key proposals, but does say  he is “proud to support and protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.”  He refers to misguided attempts to limit that right, which would likely include gun violence prevention measures.

Web site: https://www.gardner.senate.gov/about-cory/biography
Actions: As a Colorado House member, was the sponsor of the first “Stand Your Ground –
business bill, which would have granted immunity for use of lethal force in business location.
Similar bills have been defeated for 14 years.

Selected Votes:
2016 – S. amdt 4720 Voted NO on prohibited firearms to terrorists
2016 – S. amdt 4750 Voted NO on Fix Gun Checks Act
2014 – H. amdt 1098 Voted YES on prohibiting DC from implementing firearms laws
2011 – HR 822 – Voted YES on Concealed Carry Reciprocity
2007 – Voted NO on Colorado SB07-34 CCW residency restrictions

Margo Dupre

Realtor and the only Republican challenger to Cory Gardner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Margot.for.US.Senate/

Diana Bray

Psychologist and climate activist.
Website:
https://dianaforcolorado.com

Lorena Garcia

Community organizer
Web site: https://lorenaforsenate.com/who-is-lorena/

John Hickenlooper

Former mayor of Denver and Governor of Colorado. Signed 2013 Gun laws, including Universal Background Checks, High Capacity Magazine Ban, and Domestic Violence Relinquishment .In June 2014, told sheriffs he regretted signing the High Capacity Magazine Ban law and that he did so because of a staff commitment, saying,  “No one in our office thought it would get through the legislature.”
Web site: https://www.hickenlooper.com

Andrew Romanoff

Former speaker of the Colorado House, candidate for US Senate in 2010 and nominee for US House CD 6 in 2014.
Brought Democrats into control of Colorado House after 28 years in minority. Only Speaker to serve 2 terms in the last 20+ years.
Brought the mental health community into support of ERPO, worked to get bill introduced in 2018, and was speaker at the introductory press conference.
Website: https://www.andrewromanoff.com/


Stephany Rose Spaulding

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs professor and nominee for US House CD 5 in 2018.
Web site: https://stephanyforco.com


Trish Zornio

Biomedical scientist
Web site: https://zornio2020.com/

Erik Underwood

A tech entrepreneur running as a Democrat. In 2016 he ran as a Republican for the U.S. Senate.  At the state Republican convention, he stated: “They’re not going to take your guns away if I’m in the United States Senate.”   Web site:  https://www.erikunderwood.com

Michelle Ferringno Warren
Immigration activist, community organizer  Web site:  https://michelleforcolorado.com

Dave Goldfischer

Professor at the University of Denver, U.S. national security professional

Web site:  https://www.goldfischer2020.com

Critter Milton
Financial adviser, outdoor enthusiast.

Web site:  https://crittermilton.com/

This is just a sampling of what Democratic candidates have on their web/Facebook sites. We suspect there is little difference between candidates on gun violence prevention philosophies. Some have not chosen to comment on specific gun violence prevention issues even though we understand they have expressed support elsewhere. This will be updated, and eventually Ceasefire will do a questionnaire.

Republican
Democrat

Colorado will be one of the key states watched for control of the U.S. Senate.  There is one Republican challenging the incumbent, Sen. Cory Gardner, and ten Democrats.  

Use the toggle button above to learn about Republican and Democratic positions on gun violence prevention.

Cory Gardner

The incumbent U.S. Senator, Gardner is a fervent opponent of gun violence prevention, and would likely oppose virtually all of  our key gun violence prevention measures.  His website is silent on all of our key proposals, but does say  he is “proud to support and protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.”  He refers to misguided attempts to limit that right, which would likely include gun violence prevention measures.

Web site: https://www.gardner.senate.gov/about-cory/biography
Actions: As a Colorado House member, was the sponsor of the first “Stand Your Ground –
business bill, which would have granted immunity for use of lethal force in business location.
Similar bills have been defeated for 14 years.

Selected Votes:
2016 – S. amdt 4720 Voted NO on prohibited firearms to terrorists
2016 – S. amdt 4750 Voted NO on Fix Gun Checks Act
2014 – H. amdt 1098 Voted YES on prohibiting DC from implementing firearms laws
2011 – HR 822 – Voted YES on Concealed Carry Reciprocity
2007 – Voted NO on Colorado SB07-34 CCW residency restrictions

Margo Dupre

Realtor and the only Republican challenger to Cory Gardner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Margot.for.US.Senate/

Diana Bray

Psychologist and climate activist.
Website:
https://dianaforcolorado.com

Lorena Garcia

Community organizer
Web site: https://lorenaforsenate.com/who-is-lorena/

John Hickenlooper

Former mayor of Denver and Governor of Colorado. Signed 2013 Gun laws, including Universal Background Checks, High Capacity Magazine Ban, and Domestic Violence Relinquishment .In June 2014, told sheriffs he regretted signing the High Capacity Magazine Ban law and that he did so because of a staff commitment, saying,  “No one in our office thought it would get through the legislature.”
Web site: https://www.hickenlooper.com

Andrew Romanoff

Former speaker of the Colorado House, candidate for US Senate in 2010 and nominee for US House CD 6 in 2014.
Brought Democrats into control of Colorado House after 28 years in minority. Only Speaker to serve 2 terms in the last 20+ years.
Brought the mental health community into support of ERPO, worked to get bill introduced in 2018, and was speaker at the introductory press conference.
Website: https://www.andrewromanoff.com/


Stephany Rose Spaulding

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs professor and nominee for US House CD 5 in 2018.
Web site: https://stephanyforco.com


Trish Zornio

Biomedical scientist
Web site: https://zornio2020.com/

Erik Underwood

A tech entrepreneur running as a Democrat. In 2016 he ran as a Republican for the U.S. Senate.  At the state Republican convention, he stated: “They’re not going to take your guns away if I’m in the United States Senate.”   Web site:  https://www.erikunderwood.com

Michelle Ferringno Warren
Immigration activist, community organizer  Web site:  https://michelleforcolorado.com

Dave Goldfischer

Professor at the University of Denver, U.S. national security professional

Web site:  https://www.goldfischer2020.com

Critter Milton
Financial adviser, outdoor enthusiast.

Web site:  https://crittermilton.com/

This is just a sampling of what Democratic candidates have on their web/Facebook sites. We suspect there is little difference between candidates on gun violence prevention philosophies. Some have not chosen to comment on specific gun violence prevention issues even though we understand they have expressed support elsewhere. This will be updated, and eventually Ceasefire will do a questionnaire.

Colorado U.S. Senate Race: Candidates' positions on gun laws

Republican
Democrat

Colorado will be one of the key states watched for control of the U.S. Senate.  There is one Republican challenging the incumbent, Sen. Cory Gardner, and ten Democrats.  

Use the toggle button above to learn about Republican and Democratic positions on gun violence prevention.

Cory Gardner

The incumbent U.S. Senator, Gardner is a fervent opponent of gun violence prevention, and would likely oppose virtually all of  our key gun violence prevention measures.  His website is silent on all of our key proposals, but does say  he is “proud to support and protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.”  He refers to misguided attempts to limit that right, which would likely include gun violence prevention measures.

Web site: https://www.gardner.senate.gov/about-cory/biography
Actions: As a Colorado House member, was the sponsor of the first “Stand Your Ground –
business bill, which would have granted immunity for use of lethal force in business location.
Similar bills have been defeated for 14 years.

Selected Votes:
2016 – S. amdt 4720 Voted NO on prohibited firearms to terrorists
2016 – S. amdt 4750 Voted NO on Fix Gun Checks Act
2014 – H. amdt 1098 Voted YES on prohibiting DC from implementing firearms laws
2011 – HR 822 – Voted YES on Concealed Carry Reciprocity
2007 – Voted NO on Colorado SB07-34 CCW residency restrictions

Margo Dupre

Realtor and the only Republican challenger to Cory Gardner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Margot.for.US.Senate/

Diana Bray

Psychologist and climate activist.
Website:
https://dianaforcolorado.com

Lorena Garcia

Community organizer
Web site: https://lorenaforsenate.com/who-is-lorena/

John Hickenlooper

Former mayor of Denver and Governor of Colorado. Signed 2013 Gun laws, including Universal Background Checks, High Capacity Magazine Ban, and Domestic Violence Relinquishment .In June 2014, told sheriffs he regretted signing the High Capacity Magazine Ban law and that he did so because of a staff commitment, saying,  “No one in our office thought it would get through the legislature.”
Web site: https://www.hickenlooper.com

Andrew Romanoff

Former speaker of the Colorado House, candidate for US Senate in 2010 and nominee for US House CD 6 in 2014.
Brought Democrats into control of Colorado House after 28 years in minority. Only Speaker to serve 2 terms in the last 20+ years.
Brought the mental health community into support of ERPO, worked to get bill introduced in 2018, and was speaker at the introductory press conference.
Website: https://www.andrewromanoff.com/


Stephany Rose Spaulding

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs professor and nominee for US House CD 5 in 2018.
Web site: https://stephanyforco.com


Trish Zornio

Biomedical scientist
Web site: https://zornio2020.com/

Erik Underwood

A tech entrepreneur running as a Democrat. In 2016 he ran as a Republican for the U.S. Senate.  At the state Republican convention, he stated: “They’re not going to take your guns away if I’m in the United States Senate.”   Web site:  https://www.erikunderwood.com

Michelle Ferringno Warren
Immigration activist, community organizer  Web site:  https://michelleforcolorado.com

Dave Goldfischer

Professor at the University of Denver, U.S. national security professional

Web site:  https://www.goldfischer2020.com

Critter Milton
Financial adviser, outdoor enthusiast.

Web site:  https://crittermilton.com/

This is just a sampling of what Democratic candidates have on their web/Facebook sites. We suspect there is little difference between candidates on gun violence prevention philosophies. Some have not chosen to comment on specific gun violence prevention issues even though we understand they have expressed support elsewhere. This will be updated, and eventually Ceasefire will do a questionnaire.

Republican
Democrat

Colorado will be one of the key states watched for control of the U.S. Senate.  There is one Republican challenging the incumbent, Sen. Cory Gardner, and ten Democrats.  

Use the toggle button above to learn about Republican and Democratic positions on gun violence prevention.

Cory Gardner

The incumbent U.S. Senator, Gardner is a fervent opponent of gun violence prevention, and would likely oppose virtually all of  our key gun violence prevention measures.  His website is silent on all of our key proposals, but does say  he is “proud to support and protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.”  He refers to misguided attempts to limit that right, which would likely include gun violence prevention measures.

Web site: https://www.gardner.senate.gov/about-cory/biography
Actions: As a Colorado House member, was the sponsor of the first “Stand Your Ground –
business bill, which would have granted immunity for use of lethal force in business location.
Similar bills have been defeated for 14 years.

Selected Votes:
2016 – S. amdt 4720 Voted NO on prohibited firearms to terrorists
2016 – S. amdt 4750 Voted NO on Fix Gun Checks Act
2014 – H. amdt 1098 Voted YES on prohibiting DC from implementing firearms laws
2011 – HR 822 – Voted YES on Concealed Carry Reciprocity
2007 – Voted NO on Colorado SB07-34 CCW residency restrictions

Margo Dupre

Realtor and the only Republican challenger to Cory Gardner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Margot.for.US.Senate/

Diana Bray

Psychologist and climate activist.
Website:
https://dianaforcolorado.com

Lorena Garcia

Community organizer
Web site: https://lorenaforsenate.com/who-is-lorena/

John Hickenlooper

Former mayor of Denver and Governor of Colorado. Signed 2013 Gun laws, including Universal Background Checks, High Capacity Magazine Ban, and Domestic Violence Relinquishment .In June 2014, told sheriffs he regretted signing the High Capacity Magazine Ban law and that he did so because of a staff commitment, saying,  “No one in our office thought it would get through the legislature.”
Web site: https://www.hickenlooper.com

Andrew Romanoff

Former speaker of the Colorado House, candidate for US Senate in 2010 and nominee for US House CD 6 in 2014.
Brought Democrats into control of Colorado House after 28 years in minority. Only Speaker to serve 2 terms in the last 20+ years.
Brought the mental health community into support of ERPO, worked to get bill introduced in 2018, and was speaker at the introductory press conference.
Website: https://www.andrewromanoff.com/


Stephany Rose Spaulding

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs professor and nominee for US House CD 5 in 2018.
Web site: https://stephanyforco.com


Trish Zornio

Biomedical scientist
Web site: https://zornio2020.com/

Erik Underwood

A tech entrepreneur running as a Democrat. In 2016 he ran as a Republican for the U.S. Senate.  At the state Republican convention, he stated: “They’re not going to take your guns away if I’m in the United States Senate.”   Web site:  https://www.erikunderwood.com

Michelle Ferringno Warren
Immigration activist, community organizer  Web site:  https://michelleforcolorado.com

Dave Goldfischer

Professor at the University of Denver, U.S. national security professional

Web site:  https://www.goldfischer2020.com

Critter Milton
Financial adviser, outdoor enthusiast.

Web site:  https://crittermilton.com/

This is just a sampling of what Democratic candidates have on their web/Facebook sites. We suspect there is little difference between candidates on gun violence prevention philosophies. Some have not chosen to comment on specific gun violence prevention issues even though we understand they have expressed support elsewhere. This will be updated, and eventually Ceasefire will do a questionnaire.