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Groundhog Day hearing of 5 BAD gun bills

Seven BAD gun bills have been introduced in the Colorado legislature – five in the House and two in the Senate.  Colorado Ceasefire Capitol Fund opposes ALL seven bills. 

On Groundhog Day (February 2nd) the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will consider the five House bills.  Please contact as many members as possible of the committee (contact information and a few talking points are at the bottom of this note) and urge them to vote NO.  On Groundhog Day, let the shadow of tragedy encourage legislators to put these bills back in the refuse hole where they belong.

HB1009  Repeal the 2013 ban on high capacity magazines ( Humphrey/Holbert)

HB1049  Stand Your Ground (business) This is the 10th straight year that gun rights activists have proposed not questioning the use of deadly force in a business location. (Everett/Grantham). 

HB1050  Repeal 2013 background checks for private sales and return costs to taxpayer (Joshi/Woods)

HB1086  Speed certificates for transfer of machine guns (Neville/Neville)  Yes. You read that right! The Neville’s think it’s taking too long to get those machine guns!

HB1127  No liability for businesses which allow concealed weapons on their premises (Klingenschmitt/Garcia).

The hearing is at 1:30 p.m. in Room 271. Your attendance and testimony is important.  Stefanie Clarke with Everytown is coodinating testimony.  If you plan to testify, please contact Stefanie by sending a note to Sclarke.virgocommunications@gmail.com.

No hearing date has been set for the 2 senate bills, but it could occur at short notice.  Please call NOW to urge the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose these. (Contact info. at the bottom of note).

SB032 – Permitless Concealed Carry (Marble). This bill would allow anyone legal to buy a handgun legal to carry
it concealed. No background check.  No training. 6th year we've seen this bill.

SB086 – Repeal 2013 background checks for private sales and return costs to taxpayer (Lambert/Joshi)

Contact information and and a few talking points are at the end of this note.

Arming School Staff Endangers Students

The board of a Greeley charter school is considering allowing its staff to be armed.  The conservative Greeley Tribune, in a strongly-worded and convincing editorial, urged the school to reject this idea, noting that instead of increasing school safety, it actually endangers students.http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/14705441-113/tribune-opinion-arming-school-staff-is-a-dangerous-answer-to

We thank Ken Toltz, of  Safe Campus Colorado , for keeping on top of this!

Episcopal Peace Fellowship

Sam Cole, Colorado Ceasefire board member, will co-lead a morning breakout session on reducing and preventing gun violence at this conference. Even if you aren't an Episcopalian, you are welcome to attend.  

Saturday, January 31st

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter Street, Denver

Time:  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided ($10 donation requested)

RSVP by Wednesday, January 28th to info@epfcolorado.org

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/


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. 

Gun violence is the second leading cause of death for children.
Video on Protecting Children from Gun Violence


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.

Women and Guns
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