Posted: Feb 28, 2011 6:16 PM by John Romero
Updated: Feb 28, 2011 6:57 PM
Lines are being drawn over State House Bill 1205. The bill would make it legal for people to carry a gun without a permit. The bill has already passed the State Judiciary Committee by a vote of 8 to 3.
Annmarie Jensen with the Colorado Association of Police Chiefs fears the worst. "This bill is very dangerous." she says, "We could easily see another Virginia Tech in Colorado if this bill passes."
But Paul Paradis, a gun store owner and Pikes Peak Firearm Coalition chair says it all comes down to simple rights. "The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows us to keep and bear arms. It doesn't limit how we keep and bear arms." he explains.
Opponents of the bill say it will allow potentially dangerous people to legally carry a weapon. "1200 people were denied a permit last year to carry concealed. Those 1200 people applied for a permit, thought they were eligible and were denied." explains Jensen, "Under this bill they would just carry concealed."
Those in favor of 1205 say paying for a permit amounts to another unfair government tax. "We don't tax people to vote. That's been declared unconstitutional." says Paradis, "But yet we're taxing people to carry a gun that they want in a way that they're carrying it."
Opponents also argue that the law would not require any sort of classes or training, But Paradis says gun owners still should have the right to conceal as long as they're responsible. "Gun owners do have certain rights." he explains, "Even the US Supreme Court has said they have the rights. They can't forget that they have certain responsibilities."
Wyoming approved a similar measure last Friday. Their governor has yet to sign it.