by Craig Masters
Friday, February 15, the Colorado House will be hearing the second reading of four anti-gun ownership bills. The democrats in the house are anxious to rush these bills through before the public can be informed. Much like the mind-numbing pace of other pro-democrat special interests group bills passing through democrat dominated committees so far in this very young session, one of these anti-gun bills is actually a Jim Crow tax. This tax is without limits. It is called a fee the Colorado Bureau of Investigation is authorized to charge every person who wishes to purchase a gun of any type from any source. The fee amounts can be whatever the CBI decides – without any provision for equal protection for those the CBI might arbitrarily choose to label as less worthy of gun ownership than others.
The same bill that would make gun purchases so expensive as to limit ownership only to the rich also calls for a total ban of PRIVATE SALES between otherwise law abiding citizens. But it doesn’t stop there, HB-1229 also creates a “public data base” of gun owners. A record keeping system that has already been breached in other states and names and addresses of gun owners published for all the criminals to see. For those who don’t think this affects you, consider that if a home invasion criminal knows your neighbor is a gun owner and you aren’t, which house do you think is more at risk?
In order to establish more “criminal safe zones” HB 1226 would prohibit law abiding – background check passing – permit holding gun owners from exercising their Constitutional Right to carry a firearm on state college and university campuses.
The fourth bill in the set of panic driven legislation is a proposed ban on magazines (the device that hold the bullets) which have a capacity of 15 or more rounds of ammunition. This is not only arbitrary, it really is a way to give the criminals and the terrorists/enemy an advantage over law abiding Americans attempting to defend themselves in multiple assailant situations.
The bottom line is that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is not at all arbitrary. It very clearly states that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The typical dictionary defines “infringe” this way: to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress; to encroach or trespass. Now what is so hard to understand about that?
The House hearing sessions are scheduled to begin at 9:00AM. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners informative email about the hearings suggests that you arrive at the capitol no later than 8:15AM if you hope to be seated in the gallery.
If you cannot attend the hearing in person, call your representative now and tell him or her to support your Second Amendment rights. Urge them to VOE NO on HB-1224, HB-1226, HB-1228, and HB-1229.