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MONDAY POLS UPDATE: A statement from Rep. Rhonda Fields today via Stand Strong Colorado:
State Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) welcomed representatives from Stand Strong Colorado to the Capitol today in support of the common sense gun laws passed in the 2013 legislative session. She thanked supporters for standing strong in support of the bill she carried to expand background checks to private gun sales.
Rep. Fields took aim at the blatant fear-mongering and lies advanced by the gun lobby. “They’re saying we’re banning private gun sales. That’s a lie,” she said. “Since the 2013 law went into effect more than 6,000 private gun sales have gone through the CBI. 98 percent of those sales went through without a hitch. Those are the facts. They’re saying we’re limiting gun transfers among family members. That’s a lie. The 2013 law explicitly says a gun owner may give a gun or loan a gun to a family member. Those are the facts.”
We'll update with coverage from today's hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Original post follows.
Senator George Rivera, having bungled the first rollout of his background check repeal bill SB 14-094 by not meeting the deadline, is trying again Monday, and is hoping that this time, the law will make it out of Committee.
The bill is not likely to make it out of the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, often known as the “kill committee”. Megan Schrader reported in the Gazette that advocates for and against repeal of the background check law will be testifying tomorrow, February 3, at 1:30 PM in SB room 353. Senate President Morgan Carroll has pledged to allow everyone who shows up at committee hearings to testify.
Therefore, the Capitol is likely to be a nonstop media circus tomorrow. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is activating its base to testify for Rivera’s bill. RMGO’s Facebook page pleads:
It’s very important that gun owners turn out for the hearing in large numbers. If gun owners don’t show up, it will only embolden the left.
Victor Head, a so- called “Pueblo plumber” and candidate for Pueblo County Clerk, will testify. Mr. Head was allowed to state several falsehoods about the existing background check legislation, without being challenged by Ms. Schrader.
First, although Ms. Schrader refers to Mr. Head as a “Pueblo plumber", Mr. Head is not a licensed plumber. Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies has no record of Victor Head as a journeyman, apprentice, or plumbing contractor. He may be working under the table or for a non-union shop, but his claim to be a “Pueblo plumber” is dubious. If you recall, that didn’t work out well for “Joe, the Plumber”, in the McCain campaign. Joe the Plumber ended up on the hook for taxes owed for his cash-only business.
Unchallenged by Megan Schrader’s reporting, Victor Head will also testify that:
“When he leaves his gun with his girlfriend while he's out of town he is violating the law. The gun he loaned to his mother without a background check makes them both criminals.”
Head’s testimony is contradicted by the language of the existing background check bill, which states that the provisions of the law do not apply to:
Section I 6(b) A TRANSFER THAT IS A BONA FIDE GIFT OR LOAN BETWEEN IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS, WHICH ARE LIMITED TO SPOUSES, PARENTS, CHILDREN, SIBLINGS, GRANDPARENTS, GRANDCHILDREN, NIECES, NEPHEWS, FIRST COUSINS, AUNTS, AND UNCLES
Head could also loan his gun to his girlfriend for a period not exceeding 72 hours. After that, the girlfriend would need to undergo a $5 background check, unless the gun is kept in the transferer’s home.
Senator Rivera, primary sponsor of the background check repeal bill, joked: "We're going to have paragliders come in. I will say this, whatever they do, you can bet, I'll bet my life on it, it'll be peaceful."
Would that our communities could also be “peaceful”. With another recent double murder-suicide by a young man in Douglass County, and Castle Rock agitating for open carry everywhere, it doesn’t seem likely. The background check bill is working to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.
To keep the peace, leave background checks in place.
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