Recently, the Colorado House of Representatives passed four bills aiming to control the use and ownership of guns. Last week, the Colorado Senate took up the bills for review and added a few of their own. The second reading of the anti-gun bills in the Senate will happen tomorrow, March 8th, starting at 9:00 a.m. Even though no one will be able to testify, a strong turnout of Second Amendment supporters will let the Democrat legislators who are on the fence know that we are watching.
You can click on the Senate Calendar for March 8, 2013 and see all the bills that are going to be heard, and then click on each individual bill for the details. In addition to the four House Bills you’ve heard so much about recently, SB-13-196 is the “Assault Weapons Responsibility Act” introduced by Senator Morse. This bill not only tries to make distributors, sellers, and manufacturers liable for all injuries and damages resulting from the discharge of an “assault rifle,” but it also will hold individuals (yes, you!) liable if you sell or transfer your AR to a third party and that person causes injuries or damages with it. Of course you did not negligently and knowingly entrust it to that third party, but you might have to prove that in a court of law. You can only imagine how time consuming and costly that will be!
In addition, Senator Morse made the assertion in this bill that “assault weapons are sought after by criminals” and “rarely necessary for lawful purposes,” and that there is an “extreme likelihood that an assault weapon that is sold or transferred will be used in a crime or will result in serious injury or death.” There is absolutely no statistical back up for such claims. You can click on the picture below or scroll down to read the text for yourself.
Needless to say, we need to continue to fight for our rights! There are three senators who will decide the fate of these gun control measures tomorrow. Please call, email, and post comments on their Facebook pages now! It’s important to be concise and respectful, but let your voice be heard. (Scroll to the bottom of this blog for their contact information.)
A PERSON WHO SELLS OR TRANSFERS AN ASSAULT WEAPON ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2013, IS LIABLE FOR ALL INJURIES AND DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE DISCHARGE OF THE ASSAULT WEAPON BY A THIRD PARTY IF THE PERSON:
(a) NEGLIGENTLY ENTRUSTS THE ASSAULT WEAPON TO A THIRD PARTY;
(b) SOLD OR TRANSFERRED THE ASSAULT WEAPON KNOWING THE SALE WAS IN VIOLATION OF ANY STATE OR FEDERAL LAW,
AND THE VIOLATION WAS A PROXIMATE CAUSE OF THE INJURIES OR DAMAGES.
(2) A PERSON WHO SELLS OR TRANSFERS AN ASSAULT WEAPON IS DEEMED TO BE AWARE:
(a) THAT ASSAULT WEAPONS ARE SOUGHT AFTER BY AND ARE USEFUL FOR CRIMINALS, MASS KILLERS, AND THOSE WITH CRIMINAL INTENT BUT ARE RARELY NECESSARY FOR LAWFUL PURPOSES;
(b) OF THE EXTREME LIKELIHOOD THAT AN ASSAULT WEAPON THAT IS SOLD OR TRANSFERRED WILL BE USED IN A CRIME OR WILL RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
CONTACT THESE SENATORS NOW!